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Despite the increasingly upbeat tone around the macro-economic performance of the UK, the picture for small and medium-sized businesses is less clear when it comes to investing in the future, research reveals this week.
2:07pm Thursday 13th March 2014
Four Wiltshire businesses are the first beneficiaries of grants to support growth, thanks to funding secured by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership. An expert panel met with a number of small and medium sized businesses to consider applications for Gateway for Growth grants. The grants are designed to help businesses with growth projects, to help them reach their commercial potential. Having considered applications from five businesses in the area as part of the first round of grant allocations, four businesses were awarded a total of £127,191 grant funding. Funded by the Regional Growth Fund with support from Lancaster University, these grants are the first of many. There will be further opportunities for businesses to apply, with the next Grant Panel taking place on Friday April 11. Panel member and SWLEP Board member, James Phipps, said: “We were particularly impressed with the applications and proposals put forward by the successful businesses because of their commitment to innovation, accessing new markets, creating new jobs and increasing turnover.” Specialising in the supply, installation and maintenance of stair lifts and bath lifts, one of the successful businesses will use their grant to implement a new computer system. Based in Calne with 12 employees and a turnover of £1.3m last year, a grant of £12k has been awarded towards a project with an overall value of £38k. An interior design and fit out company with 23 employees and a current turnover of £5.1m per annum was awarded a grant to develop a serviced office solution in Melksham. A grant of £50k was awarded to support the development that will offer support to small local businesses. The overall project cost is around £370k. Based in Devizes, a local manufacturer and distributor of candles and home fragrance products is investing their grant in new innovative technology and developing a supporting international sales plan. Through the Gateway for Growth, the business has also gained access to a leading expert in the sector to mentor the senior management team. The project is anticipated to cost in the region of £53k and a grant of £17k has been awarded. Providing temporary power and electrical services to the event and entertainment industry, one local business was finding that recent sales growth and lack of available generators was restricting their business growth.
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Swindon’s first Vintage and Retro Festival has succeeded in attracting more people to the town centre, resulting in an unprecedented 27 per cent rise in visitors as well as increased sales over the weekend.
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Property specialist Carter Jonas has added to its team in Bath with the appointment of chartered building surveyor Tom Lowe, reuniting him with former colleague Martin Walker who joined Carter Jonas last month.
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Commenting on Labour Leader Ed Miliband’s speech on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Ian Larrard Director at Business West said: “It is good news that Ed Miliband is at last addressing the question of Europe.
8:54am Thursday 13th March 2014
The Bank of England governor’s statement that interest rates could rise six-fold in the next three years has been met with muted optimism by the boss of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations. deVere Group’s founder and chief executive, Nigel Green’s reaction comes after Mark Carney told MPs on Tuesday that the bank rate could reach three per cent within three years. It is currently at 0.5 per cent, where it has been since the BoE halved the rate five years ago. Mr Green said: “This is, of course, another welcome positive indicator that the economy is recovering. “Naturally, the forecast is also step in the right direction for anyone who has savings in a bank or building society – and especially for pensioners and others living off a fixed income. These savers, who represent the vast majority of the UK population, are the ones who have been hit hardest by the interest rates being at historic lows for so long. “However, with rates still not expected to reach even above 3 per cent before 2017, it makes for almost a decade of misery for British savers.
7:00am Thursday 13th March 2014
Growth in would-be buyers in the South West dropped to its lowest point in over a year and a half during February, as adverse weather hit the region’s market and the initial clamour from those previously shut out of the property market began to level off, says the RICS February Residential Market Survey.
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More than 290 Swindon SMEs have benefited from more than £35m through the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme as RBS and NatWest approach a total of £5bn of new FLS lending to more than 25,000 customers.
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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has reported that there are now 31,917,885 cars on UK roads. "With more cars bought and less scrapped in recent years, the total number on UK roads reached an all-time high last year," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.
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Today Quentin Willson, MPs across all parties and FairFuelUK Campaign Backers, the RAC, FTA, RHA, APN and the UKLPG will present a letter on behalf of 500,000 supporters and the 32 Million road users to the Prime Minister at No 10.
4:24pm Tuesday 11th March 2014
Network Rail is inviting young people and their families from across West of England to its delivery unit in Westbury on 15 March to experience life as a railway apprentice and meet the people and high-tech kit involved in keeping Britain’s rail network running.
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THE Business Show Swindon is back for its fourth year on May 15 at Steam, with the Advertiser being its media partners and the show being sponsored once again by local Swindon company, Excalibur Communications.
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Property consultancy Alder King has won the title of Most Active Agent in the South West from leading property publication Estates Gazette for the 13th year in succession. The firm won the award for the number of deals completed in 2013 in a competition which attracted a record-breaking level of entries.
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The Business Show Swindon is back for its fourth year on May 15 at Steam, with the Advertiser being its media partners and the show being sponsored once again by local Swindon company, Excalibur Communications.
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More than 290 Swindon SMEs have benefitted from more than £35m through the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme as RBS and NatWest approach a total of £5bn of new FLS lending to more than 25,000 customers.
12:43pm Monday 10th March 2014
Small and medium-sized businesses in the South of England are planning for growth and seeing increased levels of orders and new customers, according to the results of a leading index of SME sentiment and performance for Q4 2013.
8:52am Monday 10th March 2014
Commercial law firm Thrings – whose Swindon offices are on Drakes Meadow – has advised Intrinsic, the UK’s largest network of restricted and independent financial advisers, on its acquisition by wealth management provider, Old Mutual Wealth.
8:41am Monday 10th March 2014
Swindon based digital printer Copy Color has during its 30 Year history picked up a variety of national Awards. However its recent success has topped them all - winning the Business of the Year Title awarded by the British Print Association.
8:30am Monday 10th March 2014
Investors in Castle Trust's unique Protected Housa investment product have seen capital growth of 3.1% in its first month since launch as the Halifax House Price Index recorded the fastest monthly increase since October 2007.
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