Travel firms merger has a global reach

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:26pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

The owner of Thomson and First Choice has agreed to merge with its German parent company to create the world’s largest tour operator, valued at £5.2bn.

IT firm’s decade of rapid growth

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:31pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

One of Swindon’s leading IT, cloud and communications providers, Thirdline, is celebrating ten years of successful growth.

Accountancy firm up for top award

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:32pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Swindon accountancy firm Banks BHG has been shortlisted in the British Accountancy Awards 2014.

Greggs’ profits forecast looks to be on a roll

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:23pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Pasty and sausage roll maker Greggs said its profits will beat expectations after customers warmed to its new products and refurbished shops.

UTC opens its doors for its first term in Swindon

Wiltshire Business Online:

2:47pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

UTC Swindon, the university technical college which lets 14-18 year olds combine academic subjects with technical and practical learning in areas such as engineering, manufacturing, medical technology and biomedical and environmental science, opened its doors for the first time today.

RAF Gaydon lecture at Heritage Motor Centre

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:42pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

The Heritage Motor Centre is to give visitors the chance to learn about the venues history as the former site of RAF Gaydon.  

Minister to address Swindon Mindful Network conference

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:33pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Mark Harper MP, the Minister of State for Disabled People, will address the annual conference of Swindon Mindful Employer Network at Nationwide House on November 6.

Barclays joins forces with three Swindon firms to host property seminar

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:59am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Barclays and three Swindon firms and 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.

Total Guide wins top Bath award

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:55am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The best and brightest of the Bath business scene came together to celebrate the Bath Chronicle Business Awards 2014 and since their conception in 2010, the awards have grown to become a prestigious event in the Bath business calendar.

Beware fraudulent claims, say Close Bros

Wiltshire Business Online:

8:53am Tuesday 16th September 2014

AS many as 18% of small and medium sized firms across the South West have received a fraudulent reference for a potential job candidate, a survey has revealed.

Apprentices light up at the chance to learn

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:46pm Friday 12th September 2014

Three local apprentices are plugging into a new career at energy firm SSE, where, as talented engineers and electricians of the future, they will learn how to keep Wiltshire’s lights on and homes warm.

Expo aims to create jobs and allow for networking

12:48pm Friday 12th September 2014

COMPANIES are getting ready for next week’s South West Business and Community Expo taking place at the Steam Museum.

Festival to showcase innovative successes

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:21pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Swindon’s status as one of the most innovative places in the country will be celebrated with its own festival on Saturday and Sunday.

Team in peak condition for Foodbank challenge

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:20pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Work colleagues with a shared taste for climbing mountains will be putting their best feet forward this weekend when they embark on a challenge to climb the three highest peaks in the UK, in aid of Swindon Foodbank.

Bottle up Scottish independence with stamps

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:16am Thursday 11th September 2014

How do you put out a fire? Grab a extinguisher and douse it in water, foam or chemical powder, right?  Well, 100 years ago they used fire extinguishers fuelled by sulphuric acid to tackle the blaze. These so-called soda acid extinguisher were patented in 1866, and the 11 examples of glass extinguisher vials going under the hammer at Moore Allen & Innocent’s auction of antiques in Cirencester next Friday, September 19, date from the turn of the 20th century. The candle-shaped blue, brown and clear glass vials were placed into a conical-shaped fire extinguisher, which was filled with water. When a plunger broke open the capsules, which contain sulphuric acid and baking soda, the resulting chemical explosion caused a jet of water to shoot at the fire. Conical fire extinguishers pop up regularly at auction but the original glass vials – these are by Minimax of Feltham, Middlesex - are far more unusual due to their fragile nature, and should achieve between £200 and £300.  Speaking of Burns, the auction takes place the day after Scottish nationalists bid for independence.  Whether the Scots give them the stamp of approval remains - at time of writing - to be seen, but meanwhile the union between the British nations is celebrated in a collection of First Day covers. The collection includes no fewer than 29 First Day Covers marking the 650th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath – another declaration of Scottish independence, made in 1320. The 5d stamps were issued in April 1970. The collection also includes First Day Covers celebrating the ninth British Commonwealth Games, held in Edinburgh in 1970, while a set from July 1971 featuring includes Sir Walter Scott, a February 1970 set celebrating British architecture includes Fife harling alongside Ulster thatch, Welsh stucco and local Cotswold limestone, and a set championing urban renewal, issued in April 1984, includes Perth alongside Liverpool, Bristol and Durham.  A bid of between £30 and £50 should secure the lot. A full auction catalogue can be viewed at

UTC Swindon recruitment campaign at STEAM

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:11am Thursday 11th September 2014

UTC Swindon will launch its September 2015 intake recruitment campaign at this weekend's Swindon Railway Festival at STEAM.

Not flying our flag

Wiltshire Business Online:

4:09pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Jeffrey Roth-feder’s book won’t appeal to British readers, not even if you are one of the 2,000 employees of the company who work in Swindon.

Canal trust gets pub’s ale flowing

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:56pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE Wilts and Berks Canal Trust has bought the historic Peterborough Arms at Dauntsey Lock from Wadworth Brewery and plans to reopen it as soon as possible.

Win an office party

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:48pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Calling all bosses who run the many and varied small businesses in and around the greater Swindon area which make a great contribution to the general economic prosperity of the town and the Wiltshire region.

Propery with Andrew J Kilpatrick

Wiltshire Business Online:

4:05pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

With summer slipping away Swindon’s commercial property market will shortly be emerging from its summer lull, which doesn’t seem to have been quite as pronounced.

Finance with Warren Shute

Wiltshire Business Online:

4:03pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sound investing for the long term is not just about sticking to your chosen pathway. It also means staying off those paths that can derail your journey.

Finance with Simon Tombs

Wiltshire Business Online:

4:01pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

With unemployment expected to fall below six per cent by the end of the year, jobs are being created at a rate rarely, if ever, seen before.

Expert is still at cutting edge

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:58pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

OATS chairman Sebastian Crawshaw is celebrating a milestone year for both himself and his business as he marks his 20th year as chairman of OATS and the business observes its 30th anniversary.

Hotel’s facelift fans the flames

Wiltshire Business Online:

3:53pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Blunsdon House owners John and Carrie Clifford are launching a new restaurant as part of a £500,000 renovation at their four star hotel.

Simon Elliott is the new boss of MAN Truck & Bus

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:34pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

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

Refresh for Carter Jonas

Wiltshire Business Online:

12:25pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Property consultants Carter Jonas has launched its refreshed brand as part of the firm’s strategy for continued growth and development.

Wales boss picks up his new Vauxhall

Wiltshire Business Online:

11:38am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Wales manager Chris Coleman is the latest footballing addition to the Vauxhall driving family.

New Honda car makes its debut in Paris

Wiltshire Business Online:

10:22am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Honda has revealed the first images of the brand’s new European version of its small SUV ahead of its world premiere at the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris next month.

Barclays arrange finance for Unique Seafood

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:27am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Unique Seafood Ltd, a leading seafood wholesaler and distributor, is making waves after securing a finance package of £2.8 million from Barclays to support its growth plans.

Project off to a flyer

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:47pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

COGNICA Ltd, based at Blagrove in Swindon, has been awarded a contract to manage and deliver the operation and maintenance documentation for the Hercules Project in Lyneham.

Awards are good for you

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:44pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

OUR Wiltshire Business Awards of 2014 have already been booked and while they are seven months away already we have had inquiries and companies wanting to book a table.

Helping to cope with the impact of bereavement

1:18pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

HR professionals are being invited to look at the impact of bereavement in the workplace at a free seminar run by law firm Withy King, Frankly Recruitment, and the charity Child Bereavement UK.

Award-winner James is a man in demand

Wiltshire Business Online:

1:17pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

When business person of the month James Keith sat down to the lunch at the Swindon Marriott held in his honour this month, his hosts were left wondering how he’d managed to fit in time to break bread with them.

Milestone for training

Wiltshire Business Online:

1:08pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Wiltshire training and learning provider TBG is celebrating a significant milestone.

Best pork in the south west say Golden Fork

Wiltshire Business Online:

10:54am Tuesday 9th September 2014

The Great Taste Golden Fork for Best Speciality from the South West has been presented to Pipers Farm of Cullompton in Devon for its ‘stupendous’ Saddleback Pork Belly. 

Inner Flame celebrates its sixth birthday in Swindon

Wiltshire Business Online:

10:07am Tuesday 9th September 2014

One of Swindon’s most well-respected charities, Inner Flame, is set to hold a networking event in the town, in association with Business Scene to celebrate their sixth birthday.

Chasing the Shadows on RSPB reserve for TV show

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:51am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Rainham Marshes nature reserve, in Purfleet Essex, has featured in the new series of ITV crime drama Chasing Shadows, after part of the reserve was turned into a crime scene for filming.

Mansell signs up for Mitsubishi

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:46am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Formula one legend Nigel Manselli has taken the driving seat for a new team - Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.

£620 for a 1900 stuffed perch at auction

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:38am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A stuffed fish was catch of the day at an auction of sporting antiques in the Cotswolds. The 1lb, 15oz perch was landed by the aptly named G J Fisher on the River Tern in Shropshire on October 24, 1900.

RO Real Estate in Wiltshire Esso deal

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:21am Tuesday 9th September 2014

RO Real Estate, the UK commercial property investment and development company, has completed the acquisition of Westacre Service Station in Salisbury for £1.9 million from Aureus Property Limited.

We’re on the floor all over the place

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:42pm Friday 5th September 2014

Jaymart is a company which can boast James Bond and the Olympics among its customers.

Quality is the name of the game for us

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:40pm Friday 5th September 2014

STANDING among 600 grapevines in the blazing summer sunshine, it is easy to imagine you are in a vineyard in the south of France.

Lauren Harkin,on The Law

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:44pm Friday 5th September 2014

Employers should be cautious when dealing with disciplinary appeal hearings.

First word

Wiltshire Business Online:

5:37pm Friday 5th September 2014

Nicky Alberry, chair of Influence, looks forward to a new body that will fire more energy and imagination to radical thinking

Barclays in secret finger deal with Hitachi

Wiltshire Business Online:

9:15am Friday 5th September 2014

Barclays, in partnership with Hitachi Europe Ltd. is ramping up the fight against fraud with the launch of the Barclays Biometric Reader, developed with Hitachi’s Finger Vein Authentication Technology (VeinID*) - a new, ground-breaking method for customer authentication in UK banking.

New wedding directory launches for Swindon brides

Wiltshire Business Online:

4:41pm Thursday 4th September 2014

There is a new wedding resource coming to the Wiltshire area for brides and grooms-to-be: The Whitewed Directory:

Ruling opens door to illness compensation

4:13pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A significant new court ruling will provide new opportunities for people with industrial diseases to claim compensation, even where they have agreed out-of-court settlements in the past.

Document managers shortlisted for five awards

Wiltshire Business Online:

4:09pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Shrivenham-based UTAX (UK), one of the UK’s largest partner-only networks specialising in document management solutions, has been shortlisted for five awards in the 2014 Document Manager Awards.

Celebrating happy business marriage

4:22pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Swindon’s Rombourne Serviced Offices and Hub Network Services are celebrating a 10 year business marriage.

Exporters edge ahead of domestic business

4:31pm Thursday 4th September 2014

New research from workspace provider Regus demonstrates that exporters are reporting significantly stronger company performances than their domestic-only counterparts, even as the UK economy returns to growth.

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