Freefalling for cancer charity

Wiltshire Business Online: Sue Kirby and Jenny Loader of Outsource UK

4:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FOUR colleagues from recruitment consultancy Outsource UK proved the sky’s literally the limit for the company when they each completed a two-mile tandem charity skydive.

Keep your event safe

4:51pm Thursday 17th April 2014

MORE event managers expect and need health and safety expertise from their agencies, according to Capita Travel and Events, part of which is based in Swindon.

Andrew Kilpatrick on Property

Wiltshire Business Online: Andrew Kilpatrick

5:40pm Thursday 17th April 2014

New guidance notes have just been published by the RICS for surveyors acting as Independent Experts in commercial rent reviews, or lease renewals under PACT, setting out recommended good practice for surveyors acting for landlords or tenants and advise the parties how to find a dispute resolver and manage the process from start to finish.

Photographer is snapping up let

Wiltshire Business Online: Photographer is snapping up let

5:37pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A prominently situated mid-terrace property suitable for an A1/A2 use situated in Commercial Road, Swindon, is being marketed by Kilpatrick & Co on behalf of private clients.

Broker in move up to second

Wiltshire Business Online: Broker in move up to second

5:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Amalgamated Berkshire Group, jointly represented by Savills and Loveday, has let the entire second floor at Station Square, Swindon, to Arthur J Gallagher.

Tax network has US link

4:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

RSM International, the worldwide audit, tax and advisory network of independent firms, has enhanced its international representation by admitting Baker Tilly as its UK member firm.

ATM installed

4:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A NEW ATM has been installed at the TSB branch at The Parade, Swindon. This is part of a wider effort to install 80 new ATMs across the UK.

70,000 passengers expected through Bristol Airport

3:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

More than 70,000 passengers are expected to use Bristol Airport this Easter weekend, and the number of people passing through the terminal this week will top 100,000.

It's that kinda Systemagic in Halsall deal

Wiltshire Business Online: Nathan Painter, IT Support Technician with Systemagic, based in Bath and Trowbridge

12:48pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Wiltshire  IT company Systemagic has been instrumental in helping one of the south west’s most successful construction companies to improve performance. Systemagic, which has offices in Trowbridge and in Bath, has been working with construction company Halsall since June last year, to work more smartly across its many sites. Halsall is a business known particularly for its work in the residential, health, and education sectors. As a result, staff work across many construction sites which change frequently and may be many miles away from Halsall’s head office in Peasedown St John, near Bath. James Eades, MD of Systemagic, said: “Halsall was a company frustrated by the fact their remote sites were sometimes unable to connect back into head office to access emails and files.   One of the reasons for this was extremely slow broadband.” Staff at Systemagic have resolved the problem by installing a superfast fibre optic broadband line direct to Halsall’s premises, giving extremely fast and reliable access to the internet. James said: “This is a real example of how taking a more strategic view of a business’s technology requirements can made a significant difference to performance.” Carol Heneghan, new business and marketing manager for Halsall, said the partnership with Systemagic was transforming the business. “Systemagic came up with a solution to increase our connectivity across multiple sites. At any one time we can have up to 15 sites active, some are in quite remote areas presenting various challenges when it comes to communication. Already the speed of connection has been brilliant. Everyone in the business is benefiting from the improvement in speed and connectivity. The business has grown considerably over the last year and our ambition is continue the growth and improve our customer service experience through improved business and IT strategies and working towards ISO 9000 accreditation.” Systemagic Ltd is a successful company which has been providing IT support for businesses across the south west for more than a decade. Its team provide comprehensive services to businesses of any size, through a range of tailored solutions to make business life easier, cost efficient and more secure.

Workers worth £40 a week less, says TUC

11:13am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Responding to the latest labour market figures published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With wages increasing by just 1.7 per cent, barely enough to keep up with a prices measure that doesn’t even include housing costs, the cost of living crisis is far from solved. This is not worth even half a cheer.

TSB ready to install 80 new ATMs

9:29am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A new ATM has been installed at the TSB branch at The Parade, Swindon.  This is part of a wider effort to install 80 new ATMs across the UK.  All these new ATMs will be free to use and installed before the end of April. 

First Utility launches a sub £1k tariff

9:20am Wednesday 16th April 2014

First Utility has become the latest energy supplier to announce the launch of a tariff below £1,000. 

One pay cheque away from losing your home, says Shelter

8:58am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Millions of working families in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, according to new figures from Shelter.

Zurich team raises £40,000 from London marathon

Wiltshire Business Online: Zurich team raises £40,000 from London marathon

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Zurich Community Trust had a team of local Swindon employees running in last weekend's Virgin London Marathon to raise £20k for the charity.

Boost your business at top event

11:52am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Businesses can now register to attend the Wiltshire Business Expo 2014 – an event dedicated to showcasing local companies and exploring how digital technology can boost business.

Star team ready to swap four wheels for two

Wiltshire Business Online: IT Manager Stuart Smith, Operations General Manager David Ramsey and Credit and Operations Manager Graham Vinnicombe are taking part in the bike ride challenge

11:51am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A TEAM from Mitsubishi’s Cirencester headquarters is gearing up to take part in a gruelling fundraising bike ride.

Concrete experts mine the future

Wiltshire Business Online: Wiltshire Concrete director Kevin McQuaid at Wick Quarry near Bristol where Wiltshire Concrete is embarking on a long-term project to extract material

5:59pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Wiltshire Concrete is now involved in a new long term project, extracting limestone from Wick Quarry in Bristol, which will lead to the site being restored to a natural landscape for wildlife.

Foodbank will be packaging firm’s charity

Wiltshire Business Online: Andrew Hill of Swindon Foodbank and David Pedley, MD of GWP Group at Foodbank’s warehouse

5:57pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

GWP Packaging in Cricklade has adopted Swindon Foodbank as its chosen charity for the year.

Turtle company shells out for marine group

Wiltshire Business Online: Turtle company shells out for marine group

5:55pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Kemble doormat manufacturer The Turtle Mat Company has become a gold sponsor of the Marine Conservation Society As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.

AFL backs Wiltshire Air Ambulance with donation

4:14pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

– AFL, a manufacturer of fibre optic cable and accessories and provider of services, nominated Wiltshire Air Ambulance as 2014 Charity of the Year. The announcement comes during a visit to Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Air Support Unit in Devizes, UK where AFL associates presented a grant for £1,000 made possible by AFL’s Community Outreach Program.

Swindon npower employee raised £2,000 with London marathon

4:03pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

An npower employee from Swindon ran the London Marathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sensata celebrates its 10th birthday

Wiltshire Business Online: Sensata celebrates its 10th birthday

12:57pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A Swindon IT company, which has built an extensive client base throughout the South and South West, is celebrating ten years in business.

Excalibur brings the sword to Somerset Cricket Club

Wiltshire Business Online: Karen Thornley head of marketing at Excalibur and Jez Curwin, head of Commercial Operations at Somerset CC.

12:39pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

South West based Excalibur Communications has become the official IT & Communications partner of Somerset County Cricket Club.

Networking at chambers

11:52am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Swindon Chamber of Commerce is throwing open its doors for an evening of free networking on Monday, April 28. An expected 120 businesses will meet at Marsh Farm Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett from 6-8pm to network.

Haine & Smith win practice award

Wiltshire Business Online: Haine & Smith win practice award

12:31pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Wiltshire-based optical group, Haine & Smith have won Software Practice of the Year at the 2014 Optician Awards.

Inflation will continue to fall, says Business West

11:46am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Annual CPI inflation in March 2014 is 1.6%, down from 1.7% in February and the largest contribution to the fall in inflation came from motor fuels, followed by clothing and furniture and household goods.

Mandela's hand sold at auction

Wiltshire Business Online: Mandela's hand sold at auction

11:29am Tuesday 15th April 2014

An image of Nelson Mandela’s handprint -  a lithograph limited to 1,000 copies and signed in pencil by the former president himself - was sold at auction for £3,200 at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester.

Baker Tilly to be absorbed by RSM

10:54am Tuesday 15th April 2014

RSM International, the worldwide audit, tax and advisory network of independent firms, has enhanced its international representation by admitting Baker Tilly as its UK member firm.

Barts does a wet deal for OTP Foods funded by Santander

9:14am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Bristol-based The Bart Ingredients Company Limited , the well-known manufacturer and supplier of herbs and spices, is to expand into the wet ingredients market after acquiring the assets of Berkshire-based OTP Foods Limited in a multimillion pound deal funded by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Eric the Split wins top ad award

Wiltshire Business Online: Eric the Split wins top ad award

9:11am Tuesday 15th April 2014

The Volvo Trucks launch campaign for the new truck series continues to win awards. In the global advertising competition Art Directors Club Awards, Volvo Trucks’ campaign claimed the most awards of all nominees – including the prestigious Black Cube award.

Kia does deal with Surrey Cricket Club

Wiltshire Business Online: Kia does deal with Surrey Cricket Club

9:07am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Kia Motors (UK) Limited has partnered with Surrey County Cricket Club to supply Graham Ford and Graeme Smith, this year’s Coach and Captain, with two top specifications Sorento SUVs.

Property Care Association's top student

Wiltshire Business Online: Property Care Association's top student

8:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A PRESERVATION technician from Trowbridge has been honoured by a national trade body at a top industry event.

HSBC says 2014 is turning point for business

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

2014 will mark a turning point for ambitious businesses in the South West of England, as they look to capitalise on the UK economic recovery to invest in growth, so finds HSBC’s new ‘Business of Growth’ report released today. The report highlights the constant upwards revision of GDP growth over the last 12 months, the UK economy’s outperformance of the Eurozone and a rise of business confidence as providing the perfect conditions for growth.

Business on show

1:43pm Monday 14th April 2014

The South West’s leading business exhibition returns next month hosted by Business West, sponsored by Excalibur and with media partners Swindon Advertiser and Wiltshire Business. The Business Show Swindon 2014, once again hosted at STEAM, will run on May 15 from 9am-4pm and is free to attend. With an expected attendance of more than 800 powerful and influential businesses, the show remains the highlight of the business calendar and the networking event of the year.

Construction company keeps excellence award

Wiltshire Business Online: Liz Anderson, HR and training manager for Beard with the Investors in People Gold Award accreditation

1:43pm Monday 14th April 2014

Construction company Beard which has offices in Swindon, Oxford and Guildford has retained its Investors in People Gold Award which recognises the firm’s management excellence and exceptional commitment to developing and empowering staff.

Builder Beard's pretax profits up 20 per cent

Wiltshire Business Online: Builder Beard's pretax profits up 20 per cent

4:01pm Monday 14th April 2014

Regional construction group Beard which has offices in Guildford, Oxford, Swindon has announced a strong set of results for 2013.

Soaring Worldwide wins CIA Fire & Safety brief

2:58pm Monday 14th April 2014

Cirencester based strategic communications specialist Soaring Worldwide has been appointed by CIA Fire & Security Group to look after its PR and marketing activities.

Outsource staff in charity parachute jump

Wiltshire Business Online: Outsource staff in charity parachute jump

2:46pm Monday 14th April 2014

Four colleagues from recruitment consultancy Outsource UK proved the sky’s literally the limit for the company when they each completed a two-mile tandem charity skydive.

Federation meets

1:41pm Monday 14th April 2014

The next business meeting of the Federation of Small Businesses North & West Wiltshire Branch is on April 24 from 5.30pm at Beechfield House Hotel, Beanacre (on A350 between Chippenham and Melksham) SN12 7PU.

Four star Co-op

1:40pm Monday 14th April 2014

The Midcounties Co-operative has been recognised with a four star rating in Business in the Community’s annual benchmark of responsible business, the Corporate Responsibility Index (CR Index).

Hotelopia with with easyjet

1:40pm Monday 14th April 2014

easyJet holidays has announced that it will become a major pan-European tour operator through a new partnership with the online travel agency Hotelopia.

Business against Poverty seminar

1:14pm Monday 14th April 2014

Business against Poverty (BaP), the business brand of local charity, People against Poverty, has launched its second initiative this year: the BaP Business Skills Academy - for professional learning & development. It promises to deliver training programmes with a difference, with ethical business practice a core theme throughout the series.

Savills to sponsor Olympic hopeful

Wiltshire Business Online: Savills to sponsor Olympic hopeful

10:42am Monday 14th April 2014

Savills has announced its sponsorship of Gloucestershire-based 2016 Olympic Games cycling hopeful James Lowsley-Williams.

Lechlade's Antique Arcade up for sale with Alder King

Wiltshire Business Online: Lechlade's Antique Arcade up for sale with Alder King

9:59am Monday 14th April 2014

Property consultants Alder King has been instructed by Hazelwoods The Liquidator  for Riverside (Lechlade) Limited to sell the former Antiques Arcade in Lechlade.

AA tops the UK brands

8:59am Monday 14th April 2014

The top five UK brands, excluding charities and armed forces are:

Lauren Harkin on the Law

Wiltshire Business Online: Lauren Harkin

4:42pm Friday 11th April 2014

As an employment law solicitor, I spend a lot of time advising businesses and trying to help them avoid employment tribunal claims.

Law firm with a cow of a history

Wiltshire Business Online: Bevirs partners Sonyia Woolnough, left, Stuart McNel, Cathryne Locke and Nick Sewell, with the portrait of Harry Bevir in the background

4:40pm Friday 11th April 2014

It’s not every law firm that can boast about having had a real, live cow in its reception office.

Know how...

Wiltshire Business Online: Know how...

4:37pm Friday 11th April 2014

When doing business with foreign companies, how much do you invest in translation? If you understand the pitfalls of cutting corners, says Agnes Marceau of Swindon firm Syntacta, you realise why it’s the effort to get it right

Simon Tombs on Finance

Wiltshire Business Online: Simon Tombs on Finance

4:30pm Friday 11th April 2014

I am delighted to write my first monthly column in the Wiltshire Business Magazine to bring interesting and relevant issues to the attention of the business community. We’ve just had the 2014 Budget which was the last chance George Osborne had to significantly affect voters before the 2015 election and the Autumn Statement revealed that new anti-avoidance legislation will be brought forward to challenge so called mixed partnerships which came into effect from 6 April 2014.

LEP cash to help promote growth

Wiltshire Business Online: Staff from Power Logistics in Draycot Cerne near Chippenham at the Velodrome on the Olympic park

4:27pm Friday 11th April 2014

A company that helped put the spark into the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies is one of four firms in Wiltshire to receive a grant from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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