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Swindon law firm Thrings has further strengthened its offering to clients who have potentially complex needs around succession, estates and tax planning, with the recruitment of Partner, Victoria Smyth.
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With the dust beginning to settle on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, businesses wanting in-depth analysis of what it means for them should go along to next week’s Swindon Business Village networking meeting.
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Wiltshire Council North Area Planning Committee has voted to approve an outline planning application submitted by the Central Chippenham Partnership to redevelop much of Langley Park and refurbish Hathaway Retail Park in Chippenham.
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The rapid influx of Asian money into the UK has driven a 60% rise in the total wealth of the richest investors in UK property to an unprecedented £162.5bn. The Estates Gazette’s Rich List tracks the wealth of the top 250 investors in UK property. And this year’s rise is the fastest accumulation of private wealth on record.
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Commenting on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today, Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West said: “The Chancellor has in large part heeded business’s call for a 'steady as she goes' Autumn Statement, rather than a grab bag of electoral giveaways.
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With the festive season now upon us, preparations are well underway, with sales (excluding petrol) last week up by 4.9 per cent on last year. Waitrose.com also performed well with online sales up by 34 per cent.
8:15am Thursday 5th December 2013
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, is expanding its operations from Bristol Airport with the announcement of a new service to Shannon. The daily flight will commence on 3 April 2014, operating alongside the airline’s existing Dublin service, which links Bristol with the Irish capital up to three times a day. Aer Lingus Regional confirmed that the introduction of the new route was directly related to the Irish Government’s recent decision to abolish its air travel tax from April next year. Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan, said: “Bristol is one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, and its proximity to Bath, Cardiff, Newport and Gloucester makes it an ideal destination for travelling rugby fans. We expect to carry 25,000 passengers on the Bristol route in the first year of operation. “Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing its customers with easy, convenient regional connectivity and great value for money. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board these new flights.” Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said: “The Bristol-Shannon route has proved popular with passengers when operated in the past. Now, with economic conditions improving in both countries, we are confident the demand is there for it to be a success again, making business and leisure travel between South West England and South West Ireland more convenient.”
8:09am Thursday 5th December 2013
Signs that the housing market has started to make a recovery have been supported by Britain’s leading builder of retirement apartments, McCarthy & Stone, following the announcement of its 2013 financial results.
11:45am Wednesday 4th December 2013
High fuel prices are continuing to force drivers to use their cars less, according to an AA/Populus survey released in the lead-up to the Autumn Statement The poll of 21,587 AA members found that 45% are cutting down on car usage and 28% are slashing family or personal budgets to compensate.
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The Real Voice of Somerset and Wiltshire Small Businesses was heard in No.10 Downing Street as a delegation of business people from across the UK, including Somerset and Wiltshire FSB vice chairman Patricia Marks, delivered a message to Government on the real needs of the small business community.
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To celebrate the UK’s first ever Small Business Saturday this weekend (7 December 2013), the People 1st Training Company is offering small and medium businesses in Swindon free passes to its WorldHost Insights online customer service training programme.
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3:54pm Friday 29th November 2013
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The business and assets of 12 hotels and the operating platform of the Menzies Hotels Group have been sold to the Topland Group. Rob Croxen and Jane Moriarty, restructuring partners at KPMG, were appointed joint administrators to the Group’s operating company, Menzies Hotels Operating Limited, and Menzies Hotels Limited on Friday 29th November 2013. The Group, which has its head office in Derby, owns and operates 15 hotels around the UK. Following a period of marketing by Christie & Co in the months prior to appointment, the administrators were able to secure an immediate sale of the businesses and assets to Topland Group, the international property and investment group. The deal successfully secures the ongoing employment of 1,130 employees, and sees 12 freehold hotels transferred to the purchaser. However, three hotels operating under shorter-term lease agreements located in Luton, Gatwick and Swindon will close, with a total of 155 employees across the three sites being made redundant. Rob Croxen, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, commented: “Following our appointment in May 2013 as administrators to the non-trading parent companies of Menzies Hotels Group, we have worked closely with stakeholders to secure the best possible outcome for creditors.
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The Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy is celebrating the launch of its two new websites which include health advice and improved navigation to showcase its diverse offering and extend its reach out of the Society’s regional footprint.
10:21am Friday 29th November 2013
Julian Cockwell, south region head of tax at KPMG, outlines what businesses in the South West want from this year’s Autumn Statement: "I expect this year’s Autumn Statement to be ‘steady as she goes’. While it is positive news that the deficit is down by a third, the Government’s attention must remain on repairing the public finances, which rules out any wild tax giveaways. “However while reducing the deficit and paying down the underlying structural debt must be the Chancellor’s ultimate end game, achieving sustained economic growth will also play a key role in restoring Britain’s economic health. “Businesses I speak to in the South West want to see indications that the Government will encourage and foster growth and private sector investment, and not bring in measures which could choke the first signs of a recovery.
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Those who live in the South who hide their wealth are being targeted as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) taskforce. The taskforce will be targeted at individuals and businesses in South Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.
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