3:09pm Tuesday 30th September 2014
A team of walkers from Novum Law in Swindon is on course to raise more than £8,000 for charities in Wiltshire after completing the gruelling 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in less than 12 hours.
2:21pm Tuesday 30th September 2014
UTC Swindon will be giving students and parents the opportunity to discover what the engineering college has to offer by hosting an open day on Saturday 18 October from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. The open day will be the first time the college will be open to the general public after recently opening the new site in Bristol Street, Swindon, SN1 5ET.
2:16pm Tuesday 30th September 2014
A Wiltshire entrepreneur has built a unique growing business - a bar for hire that utilises living plants as part of its design. A self-confessed ‘horticulturalist with a love of beer’ Tim Goodman’s Living Bar – believed to be the only one in the UK - incorporates everything from vertical walls of plants to full-size hawthorn and maple trees. Already, the Living Bar has been installed in the hospitality area between the two largest stages at Glastonbury Festival, where it has been propped up by the likes of Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant and Wayne Rooney. And the general public will have had the chance to see it at the Feast Street food festival in Frome, not far from Living Bar HQ in Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire. Next year, his bars will be seen at a number of music festivals, including Glastonbury, Latitude and Womad. And its creator is branching out, hoping to take the innovative bar to major business events and weddings. “The Living Bar is really eye-catching and never fails to grab people’s attention,” said Tim. “Customers love little touches like the bartender plucking fresh mint from the wall behind him for Mojitos and Pimms. “The Living Bar concept allows customers to enjoy the plants from wherever they are sitting or standing. Not only are the plants aesthetically pleasing, but just being around plants makes people feel better within themselves.” The Living Bar is also environmentally friendly, made of sustainably-sourced beech plywood, and only needs a wooden mallet to assemble it. The plants are all grown at Barters Farm Nurseries in the neighbouring village of Chapmanslade, which is run by husband and wife team Legh and Di Walker. “We’ve always hired out plants,” said Legh. “This is a really interesting way of using the plants we grow at the nursery, and a great example of small businesses working together.” Before launching The Living Bar Company, Tim - who has a degree in horticulture from Writtle College in Essex - taught the subject at primary schools before, launching the UK’s first horticulture project in a high security gaol at Bristol Prison. Some of the plants grown by inmates went on to be displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show. Now he can enjoy a business idea two years in the making come to fruition. For more information log on to www.livingbarcompany.co.uk
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Bosses at Pebley Beach in Swindon are taking an innovative approach to recruitment - by asking applicants for front-line positions to submit a ‘video selfie’ alongside their CV. Candidates applying for customer-facing roles - whether in the showroom, on the service desk, or even in the workshop - are being asked to make a 60 second video to demonstrate their confidence, professionalism and personality. “At Pebley Beach, we pride ourselves on our top-notch customer service, and we’re looking for what we call Pebley People,” said managing director Dominic Threlfall. “We want employees who are enthusiastic and personable – and a video selfie helps them prove they’ve got what it takes to join our team.” “Video is an increasingly important part of the way we do business,” said Dom. “Bring your car in for a service or MOT, and our technicians will film a short video health check, pointing out and explaining any problems or areas of concern. “Meanwhile, our sales managers can show you around your next new car by video, saving you a trip to the showroom.” Pebley Beach rarely advertises vacancies, relying instead on its We’ve Found a Great Person philosophy to recruit. “When we find a Pebley Person, we’ll create a role for them, even if there’s no immediate vacancy available,” said Dom. Among the most recent recruits are 20-year-old service advisor Matt Webb, who has joined Pebley Beach from another Swindon car dealership. Earlier this year Pebley Beach was named Apprenticeship Business of the Year at the 20th annual Wiltshire Business Awards, as well as scooping the top award: Business of the Year. The firm also won a trophy for its aftersales service at the prestigious AM Awards – the Oscars of the motor industry – and was voted Best Garage in the UK at the AutoExpress Car of the Year awards by its customers. Anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to be a Pebley Person should log on to www.pebley.co.uk/pages/about-us/employment for further details.
9:47am Tuesday 30th September 2014
Mitsubishi Motors will play host to the first ever Business Forum with business men and Cirencester College economic students evaluating new innovative ideas around guiding principles related to the future needs for business and society
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Trowbridge’s award-winning baritone Tom Corbishley will be setting out for Japan at the end of October as a member and soloist with the renowned Bath Male Choir. Bath Male Choir will be first amateur English male choir to perform to audiences in Kyoto and Tokyo.
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Barclays and three Swindon firms are joining forces to host a property seminar to provide local insight on how to take advantage of the residential and commercial property market and profit from the development opportunities it offers.
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Online retail is expected to see significant growth in deliveries over the next four years, according to a new report from Barclays, as people increasingly use smartphones and tablets to place orders and take advantage of new flexible and convenient delivery options.
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Unite, the UK's largest union, has signed a recognition agreement with Burton-on-Trent based haulage giant, Wincanton which will entitle its drivers to be represented on both an individual and a collective basis. Local discussions took place with Unite representatives and the management team. This led to a voluntary recognition agreement being signed, which covers the lorry drivers servicing an Argos contract.
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A team made up of specialist nurses from the oncology team at the Great Western Hospital and lawyers from Novum law in Swindon ran the Bristol half marathon, raising hundreds of pounds for Mesothelioma UK – a charity to support the victims of asbestos diseases and their families.
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Auction House reached the milestone figure of 1,750 lots sold in 2014 at the end of August, raising the award-winning group’s results by 13 per cent on last year, and underlining its position as the number one residential property auctioneer in the UK.
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