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Central South: Mid market Finance Director of the Year announced

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP and specialist recruitment consultancy CMA Recruitment Group last night named Mike Lashmar, director of finance at RB...

Reading: Town’s economy one of least impacted by pandemic

A new report by PWC/Demos, Good Growth for Cities 2020 (published January 20, 2020), highlights the factors that have provided some degree of resilience...

Southampton: HWB celebrates exam success

HWB, one of the region’s largest local accountancy firms, is delighted to report exam success for three trainees during these challenging times. Accounts seniors Brad...

Southampton: Law firm starts 2021 with three new hires

Southampton law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has enjoyed a strong start to the year with the addition of three new joiners. Josie Williams has joined...

News

Central South: Mid market Finance Director of the Year announced

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP and specialist recruitment consultancy CMA Recruitment Group last night named Mike Lashmar, director of finance at RB...

Thames Valley: Webinar – International home working

With Covid-19 impacting our working habits, many businesses are likely to see an increasing number of staff requesting to work from home on a...

Southampton: Marine engineers strive for ISO accreditation

Southampton-based specialist marine precision engineers, Seadub, is charting a course to an internationally recognised quality management system to help boost its customer base. The company...

Southampton: HWB celebrates exam success

HWB, one of the region’s largest local accountancy firms, is delighted to report exam success for three trainees during these challenging times. Accounts seniors Brad...

Reading: Town’s economy one of least impacted by pandemic

A new report by PWC/Demos, Good Growth for Cities 2020 (published January 20, 2020), highlights the factors that have provided some degree of resilience...

Oxfordshire: Institute of Directors appoints new chair

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Mark Johnson to chair its Oxfordshire branch. The experienced engineer and manufacturer becomes the voice of business...

Features

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Technology and the office of the future

It’s not headline news that our working lives have dramatically changed as a result of technological advancements. Our office designers and workplace consultants share...
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Spreading a little ‘app-iness at #BIS2021

A cutting-edge app will enhance the experience for both visitors and exhibitors at the Business Innovation South Expo. #BIS2021 sponsor Netshell offered to develop the...
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Why IT strategy should be at the top of your 2021 to-do list

At a time of continued uncertainty, it’s perhaps understandable if IT strategy is not at the top of the list marked ‘priorities for 2021',...
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Actisense – Best Marine Tech Company at the South Coast Tech Awards 2020

Poole-based marine electronics specialists, Actisense, was named Best Marine Tech Company at the annual South Coast Tech Awards 2020 on October 7. The accolade...
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Don’t let fear and confusion catch you off guard

Hackers are nothing if not opportunistic and will use any situation as a way to further their criminal exploits and provide cover for their...
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Reward comes with risks for the tech industry

In the face of great economic uncertainty, the technology sector in Britain continues to not only thrive, but to grow. Unfortunately, the success of...

Special Features

Special Feature: Commercial Property

To participate in this feature contact: Nathan Inns (Thames Valley) – nathan@elcot.co.uk – 07825 604444 Alan Lindstrom (Solent) – alan@elcot.co.uk – 07305 582269 Reviewing the property market With any market review context...
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Special Feature: Spotlight on the City of Southampton

To participate in this feature contact: Alan Lindstrom (Solent) – alan@elcot.co.uk – 07305 582269 Now is the time for businesses to come together and engage with the...
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Special Feature: Technology Innovation and AI

To participate in this feature contact: Nathan Inns (Thames Valley) – nathan@elcot.co.uk – 07825 604444 Alan Lindstrom (Solent) – alan@elcot.co.uk – 07305 582269 Building leadership in emerging technology in the south James...
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Special Feature: Digital Communications

Most organisations will instinctively know that digital should be somewhere in their marketing mix.  Few organisations in 2020 exist without a website. For some, SEO...
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Special Feature: Focus on Portsmouth

Portsmouth is the south’s waterfront city - and renowned as the home of the Royal Navy. And now it is undergoing a major transformation...
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Special Feature: Reading 2020

In many ways COVID-19 has changed so much of our economic landscape – forcing us re-evaluate how we live, work and do business. And...

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Thames Valley: Webinar – International home working

With Covid-19 impacting our working habits, many businesses are likely to see an increasing number of staff requesting to work from home on a...

Southampton: HWB celebrates exam success

HWB, one of the region’s largest local accountancy firms, is delighted to report exam success for three trainees during these challenging times. Accounts seniors Brad...

Central South: BDO welcomes and invests in new trainees

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO welcomed 14 new trainees in November, with a further 16 roles available to start later in 2021. In November,...

Maidenhead: GCA Altium leads Eque2 sale to WestBridge

GCA Altium has acted as exclusive financial adviser to Eque2, a portfolio company of LDC, on the sale of a 75% stake to private...
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Ascot: Passion, innovation and the right support powering Frog Bikes to global success

From kitchen table to the international stage, one entrepreneurial couple from Berkshire has turned a fruitless search for quality children’s bikes into a fast-growing...

South: KPMG announces wave of promotions

KPMG in the south has appointed two partners and an associate partner among 70 promotions across its Reading, Bristol, Southampton, Plymouth, and Cardiff teams. Richard...

Community

South: What impact has Coronavirus had on the life insurance sector?

The global Covid-19 pandemic has led to a spike in life insurance sales in the UK, as people seek to protect the financial future...

Winnersh: Frasers Property supports local charity

The management team at Winnersh Triangle Business Park have teamed up with local Wokingham-based charity The Cowshed to donate over 150 unused blankets to...

Southampton: Charity crisis highlighted at Paris Smith webinars

77% of attendees at the recent Paris Smith charity webinars believe their fundraising over the Christmas period will be hit by Covid-19. This worrying statistic...

Bournemouth: Ageas Insurance trains mental health first aiders

As continued lockdown restrictions put the topic of mental health even more firmly in the spotlight, one South Coast employer is going the extra...

Chandler’s Ford: HWB director completes charity wing walk

On September 5, Michaela Johns, director at HWB Accountants, was finally able to complete her wing walk for Solent Mind at Compton Abbas Airfield....

Southampton: WYG joins regeneration programme

Programme, project management and technical consultancy WYG has joined the Business South champion programme to support sustainable development and growth across the Central South...

Companies

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Southampton: Marine engineers strive for ISO accreditation

Southampton-based specialist marine precision engineers, Seadub, is charting a course to an internationally recognised quality management system to help boost its customer base. The company...
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Reading: Nexus recruits two new planners

Award-winning planning consultancy, Nexus Planning, has recruited two planners to join its growing Reading office. Both have moved from national planning consultancies; Mykena Mortimer-Davies...
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South: IRIS Software Group acquires Staffology

IRIS Software Group (IRIS), one of the UK’s largest software companies, has acquired Staffology, a UK cloud payroll application, thus adding best of breed payroll...
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Thames Valley: Macbeth recognised as Top 100 UK Independent Insurance Broker

Leading Thames Valley insurance firm, Macbeth, has been recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Independent Insurance Brokers, in the prestigious annual Insurance...
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South: Oxbotica raises $47 million from investors

Oxbotica, a global leader in autonomous vehicle software, has announced the completion of a $47m series B investment with partners across the globe led...
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Thames Valley: Grundon strengthens board of directors with two new appointments

Thames Valley-based Grundon Waste Management has started the new year with two new additions to its board of directors. Simon Arnold has been appointed finance...

Deals

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Reading: HCR acts for YFM in £3.75 million investment

Led by Rachel Turner, the corporate team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR) in Reading acted for leading private equity provider YFM Equity Partners (YFM)...

Oxford: Riverbank IT acquired by fast-growing Air IT

Air IT has announced the acquisition of Oxford-based IT managed service provider (MSP) Riverbank IT Management, and Coventry-based Nexus GS for undisclosed considerations. With these...

Reading: LDC backs Foundation SP growth strategy

Foundation SP (FSP), a specialist digital transformation services provider, has secured a multi-million-pound minority investment from leading mid-market private equity firm LDC. Headquartered in Reading,...
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Bournemouth: Drewlec in management buyout from the Drewitt Group

The Bournemouth-based Drewitt Group has announced the completion of a management buyout for its subsidiary electrical services and fire safety arm, Drewlec, which sees...
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South: BDB Pitmans advises on £1.2 million placing for Immotion Group

The BDB Pitmans corporate team has advised existing clients, WH Ireland and Alvarium Capital Partners – as joint brokers – in the placing and...
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Portsmouth: PKF advises Serocor Group MBO

PKF Francis Clark advised the management team of the Serocor Group, a market leading talent resource management and recruitment business headquartered in Portsmouth, on...

Education

Reading: Major film studios planned for university science park

The University of Reading has entered into an agreement with affiliates of Commonwealth Real Estate, a film studios investor based in Los Angeles, for...
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South: Aspire4Business Academy set for phenomenal growth in 2021

Since its inception in March 2019, multi-award-winning Aspire4Business Academy has seen phenomenal business growth in 2020. Beverley Poole, CEO, said: “I was fortunate enough to...
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Southampton: Solent University launches two new schools

Solent University, Southampton has announced the launch of two new schools to meet growing demand and a burgeoning population of university-age students. Solent Business School...

Portsmouth: University in pioneering airway innovation

University of Portsmouth researchers are helping to develop an innovative portable and lightweight suction device for clearing blocked airways in emergency and chronic conditions. The...
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Slough: IRIS Software acquires school data specialist

IRIS Software Group, one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies, has acquired iSAMS, a leading, fully integrated, online school management system. Set to...

Portsmouth: App aims to inspire millions back to work

A not-for-profit app has been launched to help businesses check – and keep checking – the safety of their workers and workplace during the...

Events

Reading: Blandy partner to host two family law webinars

Tasha Bevan-Stewart, a partner in Blandy & Blandy’s Family Law team, is co-hosting two live webinars at Resolution’s the ‘Future of Family Law Practice’...
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South Coast: Tech Awards: top performers in a tough year

The South Coast Tech Awards has recognised the outstanding efforts of the region’s technology businesses during a year of uncertainty and upheaval. Innovative Physics was named...
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South Coast: Tech Awards finalists announced

An impressive list of finalists in the second annual South Coast Tech Awards showcases the region’s innovative technologies and forward-thinking entrepreneurial businesses. The South Coast...
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South: Dame Wendy Hall to give keynote at 4iforum

Co-chair of the UK Government’s review on artificial intelligence, regius professor Dame Wendy Hall will discuss the future of AI and its ethical, economic...

Thames Valley: Deals Awards 2020 winners revealed

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Thames Valley Deals Awards – the south’s biggest corporate finance recognition programme. The winners were chosen from hundreds...

South: Deals Awards’ new dates announced

The Thames Valley Deals Awards 2021 will be staged at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, on April 22, 2021. The Thames Valley Deals Awards is the...

Finance/Economy

Central South: Mid market Finance Director of the Year announced

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP and specialist recruitment consultancy CMA Recruitment Group last night named Mike Lashmar, director of finance at RB...

Southampton: HWB celebrates exam success

HWB, one of the region’s largest local accountancy firms, is delighted to report exam success for three trainees during these challenging times. Accounts seniors Brad...
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Reading: Town’s economy one of least impacted by pandemic

A new report by PWC/Demos, Good Growth for Cities 2020 (published January 20, 2020), highlights the factors that have provided some degree of resilience...
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Thames Valley and South: Trade group warns of rising insolvencies

New figures show that rising numbers of people and businesses are entering an insolvency process despite government support to weather the Covid crisis, a...

Central South: BDO welcomes and invests in new trainees

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO welcomed 14 new trainees in November, with a further 16 roles available to start later in 2021. In November,...
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Solent: LEP sets out support available for local businesses

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the region's leading business support organisation has announced the wide range of support tools that they have put...

Hospitality

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Guildford: Stevens & Bolton advises Pizza Hut on CVA

Law firm Stevens & Bolton has advised Pizza Hut Restaurants after its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) was launched on September 10, 2020. The CVA...

Dorset: Holiday group acquires park in Cornwall

Dorset-based Waterside Holiday Group is expanding with the acquisition of its fourth holiday park, and its first in Cornwall. The company’s newly acquired park, named...

Berkshire: Snaffling Pig appoints F&B heavyweight

Yattendon-based porky snack brand Snaffling Pig has signalled a new period of growth with the appointment of Craig Hughes as commercial director. Hughes brings over...

Reading: Caterer appoints MD of operations

Independent school caterer Holroyd Howe has announced the appointment of Amy Roberts as managing director of operations. As the business continues to grow, the newly...
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Reading: New TV studio plan for University of Reading film hub

Plans for a global creative media and film hub in Reading have been given a further boost as the University of Reading has made...

Hampshire: Marwell Zoo reopens with £4.3m support

Marwell Zoo has reopened after three months of closure, with support from a £4.3 million Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) from NatWest. The zoo...

International

Reading: Major film studios planned for university science park

The University of Reading has entered into an agreement with affiliates of Commonwealth Real Estate, a film studios investor based in Los Angeles, for...
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South: Making sense of the new UK immigration system

Free movement between the UK and the EU will end on December 31. On January 1 the UK will implement a points-based immigration system...

Grove: Williams and OXIS team up for electric boat project

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) is working with fellow Oxfordshire-based firm, OXIS Energy, on the production of a world-first battery system, designed for an all-new...
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Southampton: Quantuma advises Polycast on sale

Business advisory firm Quantuma has advised Southampton-based Polycast International on the sale of its shares to the management team of Uni-Pol, a joint venture...

Southampton: Dutch shipping company moves in

The RO Group has announced that specialist shipping company, NMT Shipping, has taken space in the RO’s iconic quayside property, 5 Waterside Place in...

South: Altitude Partners exits Moortec Semiconductor to Synopsys

Altitude Partners, the regional private equity fund, has completed an exit from Moortec Semiconductor, to Synopsys Inc, the US-based EDA and semiconductor IP vendor,...

Law

Thames Valley: Webinar – International home working

With Covid-19 impacting our working habits, many businesses are likely to see an increasing number of staff requesting to work from home on a...
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Southampton: Law firm starts 2021 with three new hires

Southampton law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has enjoyed a strong start to the year with the addition of three new joiners. Josie Williams has joined...
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Thames Valley: Striking a new legal balance

Partner John Dingle, in Blandy & Blandy’s commercial property team, has contributed to the international Trends Magazine, focused on legal matters affecting the global...

Thames Valley: Small firms to benefit from Supreme Court decision

David Murray and Emma Ford, in leading Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy’s dispute resolution team, explain the impact of the Supreme Court's...
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Thames Valley: Commercial property lawyer joins Moorcrofts

Moorcrofts has bolstered its commercial property team with the appointment of highly regarded lawyer Fionnuala Woods, who has joined the firm to meet the needs of...

South: Data Protection and Brexit – What do you need to do?

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the General Data Protection Regulations will be retained in domestic law and will be referred to as...

Manufacturing

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Southampton: Marine engineers strive for ISO accreditation

Southampton-based specialist marine precision engineers, Seadub, is charting a course to an internationally recognised quality management system to help boost its customer base. The company...
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Oxfordshire: Institute of Directors appoints new chair

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Mark Johnson to chair its Oxfordshire branch. The experienced engineer and manufacturer becomes the voice of business...
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Fareham: Barnbrook Systems has tricks of the trade

A Hampshire manufacturing firm is set to draw upon its expertise in exports to seize Brexit trade opportunities. Fareham-based Barnbrook Systems is aiming to take...
BLADE RUNNERS: Engineers at DFS Composites’ new larger office at Ocean Village Innovation Centre in Southampton. The illustration on the wall depicts a wind turbine blade mould, with DFS Composites’ precision turning mechanisms in blue. DFS Composites, which is expanding internationally, is led by founder Feras Yosef, fourth from left. On the far left is Stephen Deller, OVIC’s Centre Manager, and OVIC’s Innovation Director Monika Dabrowska, who provides business support expertise to DFS Composites and fellow occupiers.

Southampton: Wind in commercial sails for blade runners

A contractor to the global wind turbine industry has scaled up operations at the Southampton business centre where it started up five years ago. Tooling...
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Wokingham: Manufacturer gains CBILS support from Barclays

A Berkshire family-owned manufacturer and installer of high-performance door locking and bolting systems, which has been in business for over five decades, has secured...

Poole: BOFA International appoints systems director

BOFA International, a global leader in portable fume and dust extraction systems, has promoted Daniel Kench to the new position of systems director to...

Motoring

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Southampton: Hendy Group expands dealership portfolio

Hendy Group has acquired a state of the art Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Southampton from Inchcape UK. The newly-developed Arch Concept facility was opened...

Surrey: Car designer to build £50m global headquarters

Gordon Murray Group has revealed plans for an all-new global headquarters at Windlesham, Surrey. The new technology campus will be built on a 54-acre...

Woking: Colliers mandated to sell McLaren campus

Supercar manufacturer McLaren Group has appointed Colliers to market its Woking headquarters in a sale-and-leaseback transaction expected to fetch more than £200 million. The McLaren...

Oxfordshire: Williams CEO to retire after company sale

Mike O’Driscoll, chief executive officer, Williams Grand Prix Engineering, has announced his intention to retire. The recent sale of Grove-based Williams Grand Prix Engineering to...

Oxfordshire: US investment firm acquires Williams

Williams Racing, based at Grove, near Wantage, has been acquired by Dorilton Capital, a US-based private investment firm. Dorilton Capital is known for its long-term...

Oxford: MINI plant to axe 400 jobs

Hundreds of job losses are expected at the MINI production plant at Cowley, Oxford. BMW, which owns the car factory, said 400 out of the...

People

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Reading: Shift in employee expectations post-pandemic

New research conducted by accountancy and finance, HR and data analytics recruiter, Wade Macdonald has found that 44% of employees find working from home...
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Thames Valley: Grundon strengthens board of directors with two new appointments

Thames Valley-based Grundon Waste Management has started the new year with two new additions to its board of directors. Simon Arnold has been appointed finance...

Southampton: CBRE appoints two directors to valuation advisory team

CBRE’s Southampton office has strengthened its national valuation advisory team with the appointment of two new directors. Emma Eaglestone has been appointed a senior director...

South: KPMG announces wave of promotions

KPMG in the south has appointed two partners and an associate partner among 70 promotions across its Reading, Bristol, Southampton, Plymouth, and Cardiff teams. Richard...
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Farnborough: Discover hiring for 100 new cutting-edge tech roles

Discover, a leading digital bank and payments company, is looking to hire 100 skilled technology professionals to join its growing UK office. Skilled technology professionals...

Southampton: HWB appoints two new business advisers

Leading accountancy firm HWB has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of two new audit and accounts business advisers, Fiona Jones and Geninne...

Property

Bicester: Businesses snap-up seven units at Axis J9

Four businesses have snapped-up all seven buildings in phase two at Axis J9, totalling 32,710 sq ft. Axis J9 is the new distribution and...
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Reading: Vail Williams appointed to market landmark office development

The property consultancy has been appointed to let the remaining 56,000 sq ft of office space at Abbey Gardens on behalf of Palm Capital,...

Reading: Major film studios planned for university science park

The University of Reading has entered into an agreement with affiliates of Commonwealth Real Estate, a film studios investor based in Los Angeles, for...

Southampton: CBRE appoints two directors to valuation advisory team

CBRE’s Southampton office has strengthened its national valuation advisory team with the appointment of two new directors. Emma Eaglestone has been appointed a senior director...

South: The Charters Group acquires Charles Powell and Osmond Brookes

Hampshire and Surrey estate agency and property services company, the Charters Group, announces acquisitions of Charles Powell Estate Agents and Osmond Brookes Commercial Property...

Reading: New logistics park planned for M4 junction

Arlington has received planning consent from Reading Borough Council for an 155,289 sq ft warehouse logistics park at the gateway to Reading. Reading International Logistics...

Technology

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Oxfordshire: Institute of Directors appoints new chair

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Mark Johnson to chair its Oxfordshire branch. The experienced engineer and manufacturer becomes the voice of business...

Oxford: Riverbank IT acquired by fast-growing Air IT

Air IT has announced the acquisition of Oxford-based IT managed service provider (MSP) Riverbank IT Management, and Coventry-based Nexus GS for undisclosed considerations. With these...
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Thames Valley: How businesses can benefit from smart speaker tech

One of the newer additions to the ever-growing smart technology family is the smart speaker. This year, it is estimated that 34% of Brits,...

Oxfordshire: Tech leaders ready to deliver green recovery

Oxford and Oxfordshire’s technology companies are poised to deliver the green recovery the prime minister is calling for but need long-term thinking on funding...
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Marlow: Survey launched to improve ContrAI

Corporate and technology law firm, Moorcrofts has launched a new online survey to help understand the needs of professionals dealing with commercial contracts, to...

Reading: LDC backs Foundation SP growth strategy

Foundation SP (FSP), a specialist digital transformation services provider, has secured a multi-million-pound minority investment from leading mid-market private equity firm LDC. Headquartered in Reading,...

Roundtables

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Getting back on track – lessons learned from the lockdown

The Business Magazine invited a diverse line-up of business leaders, who have supported it over the years, to participate in this virtual roundtable to...
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2020: Welcome to uncertainty

At this roundtable, business leaders from finalists and sponsors of the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards shared their views on issues that included when...
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Challenges and opportunities for leaders of growing businesses

Advisory and accountancy firm BDO, Lloyds Bank, law firm Gateley Legal, commercial and residential advisers Vail Williams and Henley Business School sponsored this roundtable,...
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Sustainability and green manufacturing

Accountants MHA McIntyre Hudson, Lloyds Bank, and motorsport gearbox manufacturer Xtrac sponsored this roundtable held at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski...
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Growth and success in 2019

Winners, finalists and sponsors of the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards attended this roundtable, hosted by The Business Magazine at the Royal Berkshire Conference...
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Sustaining growth through 2019

The Business Magazine hosted this roundtable with Thames Valley 250 sponsors Henley Business School, HSBC, advisory and accountancy firm BDO, law firm Gateley plc,...

Latest Deals Updates

Acquisition of VIPR by Tenzing

Submission Date: November 18, 2020 Completion Date: October 27, 2020 Target: VIPR Acquirer: Tenzing Deal Value: Undisclosed Deal Description: Spectrum Corporate Finance successfully advised Tenzing on its investment into...