Novum Law tops the £8,000 mark

Wiltshire Business Online:

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.

Swindon UTC's first open day

Wiltshire Business Online:

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.

Have a drink at the Living Bar with Robert Plant

Wiltshire Business Online:

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

Wiltshire Music Centre gets the Elm Workspace treatment

Wiltshire Business Online:

2:05pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

The Wiltshire Music Centre of Bradford on Avon has opened its doors with a gala event after an interior refurbishment by Elm Workspace from Calne.

John Williams gets the Which? ticket

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:16pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

John Williams Heating Services, has become one of only a handful of companies in Wiltshire to become a Which? Trusted Trader.

Growth Voucher roadshows in the south west

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:07pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

SALES trainer and business advisor Alison Edgar will be one of the keynote speakers at a series of Growth Voucher roadshows in the south west during early October.

Take a selfie to get a job in Swindon

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:38am Tuesday 30th September 2014

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 for further details.  

Cirencester plans for business hub this month

Wiltshire Business Online:

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

Aldi's figures up 62 per cent

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:26am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Discount supermarket chain Aldi has posted a whopping 65.2% rise in pre-tax profits to £260.9 million for the year to 31 December 2013, with group turnover rising over 35% to £5.27 billion.

Win sWINDON coming to town next week

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:42pm Monday 29th September 2014

Win sWINdon, the evening B2B networking event, will take place on Wednesday October 8 at the Phoenix Theatre in Swindon when MP Justin Tomlinson will be the speaker.

Cardwave is in the frontline against data theft

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:33pm Monday 29th September 2014

Cardwave is in the frontline in the battle against data theft, which is not a new crime.

Dennis & Turnbull up for another award

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:11pm Monday 29th September 2014

Swindon based Chartered Accountants, Dennis & Turnbull, have been nominated as finalists to defend the British Accountancy Award they won last year; ‘Independent Firm of the Year - South West’.

Marlborough Hub will improve town business

Wiltshire Business Online:

2:21pm Monday 29th September 2014

Sole traders and start-ups looking for a place to work or hold meetings in Marlborough now have a new facility at their disposal - the town's only business hub.

Swindon staff get on their bikes for charity

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:51pm Monday 29th September 2014

A famous film western may have featured the Magnificent Seven but Swindon's popular Marriott Hotel has its own Magnificent Eight.

Swindon Marriott staff get on their bikes

12:50pm Monday 29th September 2014

A famous film western may have featured the Magnificent Seven but Swindon's popular Marriott Hotel has its own Magnificent Eight.

earlFUSION is the name of the game for OATS

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:18pm Monday 29th September 2014

Swindon based global lubricants data solutions provider OATS has rolled out their new platform earlFUSiON.

New Honda Type R gets an outing

Wiltshire Business Online:

10:44am Monday 29th September 2014

With the automotive world about to descend on the Paris Motor Show, Honda has released further details of the eagerly anticipated new Civic Type R.

Bath Male Choir ready for Japan tour

Wiltshire Business Online:

10:07am Monday 29th September 2014

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.

Innovation wins it for town’s furniture firm

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:24am Thursday 25th September 2014

Neptune has been crowned a UK National Winner of HSBC Global Connections 2014, an initiative to find the country’s most innovative and forward-thinking businesses.

IT crowd gets even bigger

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:39pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A Swindon-based IT Recruitment agency is continuing to expand its team. Established in the town in 2003, The People Network has just had its second intake of apprentice consultants.

Lawyer gets on her bike to Paris

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:36pm Thursday 25th September 2014

LAWYER Katie Went jumped in the saddle for a fundraising bike ride to Paris.

Firms team up for seminar on property prospects

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:27am Thursday 25th September 2014

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.

Business is booming for telemarketing company

Wiltshire Business Online:

10:18am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A Swindon telemarketing company has a string of successes for clients under its belt just a year after it was set up.

Town sees a drop in number of start-ups

10:15am Wednesday 24th September 2014

The number of business start-ups registered in Swindon dropped slightly in the first quarter of 2014, according to a survey – bucking the national trend.

Hunter Page Planning opens up in Swindon

Wiltshire Business Online:

2:34pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Hunter Page Planning Ltd the independent planning consultancy the head office from Cheltenham have opened a new office at Pure Offices which is located within Swindon's Kembrey Business Park.

Redcliffe Homes selling Chippenham houses with Allen & Harris

Wiltshire Business Online:

1:45pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Both first time buyers and investors are showing much interest Redcliffe Homes’ latest Chippenham development, Rowden Court, according agents Allen and Harris.

Swindon's Neptune wins top HSBC award

Wiltshire Business Online:

1:09pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Neptune has been crowned a UK National Winner of HSBC Global Connections 2014, an HSBC initiative to find the country’s most innovative and forward-thinking businesses.

Creative workshops at the Heritage Motor Centre

Wiltshire Business Online:

1:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The Heritage Motor Centre is to host two creative workshops for those wanting to develop skills in motoring photography and automotive drawing.

Online deliveries pass the one billion mark, says Barclays

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:33am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

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.

Nationwide offers its lowest loan rate

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:23am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Nationwide Building Society has today reduced its personal loan rate for main¹ current account customers to 4.2% APR representative – the lowest rate ever offered by the Society.

UNITE sign up Wincanton drivers

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:17am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

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.

Cotswold annual dry walling event

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:11am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The margin of victory could not have been any closer in this year’s annual Cotswolds (AONB) Dry Stone Walling Competition which took place at the Adam Henson Cotswold Farm Park in Gloucestershire.

Novum Law members run marathon for Mesothelioma UK

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:10am Monday 22nd September 2014

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.

Thrings top employment lawyer at Swindon seminar

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:47am Monday 22nd September 2014

Bosses in Wiltshire will have the chance to quiz a leading employment lawyer about recent and imminent changes in employment legislation at a business networking event in Swindon next month.

Regen boost for south west energy

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:39am Monday 22nd September 2014

A new project to support the growing community energy movement is being launched today by Regen SW. 

Wiltshire business woman off to the Big Apple

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:42am Friday 19th September 2014

Wiltshire sales expert Alison Edgar is travelling to New York as part of a national business mission for SMEs to explore opportunities overseas.

TBG Group goes from strength to strength

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:34am Friday 19th September 2014

A Swindon telemarketing company has a string of successes for clients under its belt just a year after it was set up.

Women's Business Club opens up in Malmesbury

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:06am Friday 19th September 2014

Gloucestershire business woman, Angela De Souza, has branched out her Women’s Business Club and is launching in Malmesbury next Wednesday September 24.  

Classpeople backs Swindon teachers and schools

Wiltshire Business Online:

10:49am Friday 19th September 2014

Swindon flies the flag for job satisfaction for new teachers and continues to buck the national trend for teachers leaving schools or the profession.

New milestone for Auction House

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:53am Friday 19th September 2014

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.

Nationwide promises the lowest priced mortgages

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:45am Friday 19th September 2014

Loyal Nationwide mortgage customers looking for a new deal will be able to access the lowest-priced mortgages on the high street, thanks to its new Loyalty Rate Mortgages initiative.

Dream comes true for Swindon wedding planner

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:44pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Swindon wedding planner, Natalie Lovett, has seen her dream come true this month with the launch of a new directory for brides to be.

Advisor given a 13-year ban

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:35pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A financial adviser with the Cirencester-based St James’s Place Wealth Management Plc has been fined £300,000 and banned from acting as a director or managing or controlling a company for 13 years.

New office keeps law firm in the heart of town

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:32pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Law firm Thrings has restated its commitment to the people of Marlborough by opening a new office in the town.

Npower - the worst of the worst

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:27pm Thursday 18th September 2014

When it comes to customer service Npower is worse than Ryanair. And that’s official.

Calling all bright SPARKies in the West

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:43am Thursday 18th September 2014

The hunt to find the best tech in the West has begun with the launch of The SPARKies – the region’s annual event to recognise and reward the leading lights of the local technology sector.

See the last flying Vulcan at RAF Gaydon

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:14am Thursday 18th September 2014

The last flying Vulcan XH558 is to fly over the former RAF Gaydon base at the Heritage Motor Centre on Thursday September 25 at approx. 3pm as part of the Vulcan Cold War tour. 

£750k given to aid growth

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

The Gateway for Growth programme has now awarded £750,000 to businesses in Wiltshire, to help them grow and reach their commercial potential.

New MD for MAN Truck & Bus UK

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:09pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Simon Elliott has been appointed MD of MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd. He took over at the business this week following the decision last month of Des Evans to stand down due to ill health.

Banks support Swindon's TWIGS

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:59am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Accountants have totted up their fundraising haul for a Swindon charity and have already netted nearly £1,400, with yet more events in the pipeline.

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