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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...

Portsmouth: Historic Royal Marines Museum put up for sale

A buyer is being sought for Portsmouth’s historic former Royal Marines Museum, with potential occupiers and developers invited to submit bids in an informal...

Bournemouth: PE firm to acquire McCarthy & Stone

Private equity giant Lone Star has made a recommended bid for McCarthy & Stone that values the retirement homes group at £630 million. The bid...

Bournemouth: PE firm to acquire McCarthy & Stone

Private equity giant Lone Star has made a recommended bid for McCarthy & Stone that values the retirement homes group at £630 million. The bid...

Oxfordshire: BFM and EP receive planning to develop verda park

Bridges Fund Management (‘BFM’), a specialist private property investor, has entered a joint venture with industrial/logistics developer Equation Properties (‘EP’) to develop 155,000 sq...

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...

Thames Valley: Chambers UK Guide Names Blandy & Blandy in Top Tier

Leading Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy has once again been recognised as a ‘top tier’ firm in the latest edition of Chambers...

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...

South East: Record profit warnings issued as COVID-19 bites

During the first three quarters of 2020, listed companies headquartered in the South East issued more than double the number of profit warnings compared...

Features

Providing answers to your legal questions

This edition's question answered by Ami Bhatt, senior solicitor Q  I am a designated member of an LLP which is in financial difficulties, what do...
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Stantec engineers a brighter future

Paul Reilly, managing director of infrastructure and buildings at Stantec, UK, talked to The Business Magazine about how Thames Valley-based Peter Brett Associates became...
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Changing the way we work and live our lives

The Covid-19 pandemic has immeasurably impacted the way that we work and live our lives. Malcolm Thixton, lead partner at BDO LLP in Southampton...
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Why every business now needs cyber insurance

With millions of employees working from home across the UK during the Covid 19 lockdown, business owners are hard-pressed to respond to the variety...
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How big will be the impact of 5G for businesses?

Over the past year, you will have heard a lot of talk about 5G and what it means for the future of mobile communications....
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Adapting to a post-lockdown world

For many business owners, the disruption of the coronavirus crisis has been a period of reflection and consideration, writes Peter Wright, partner, Haines Watts,...

Special Features

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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...
Reading: Oxford Properties closes £563m Green Park sale to Mapletree

Special Feature: Business Parks/Commercial Property

It was back in the 1980s that the business park – a concept exported from the US – came to the UK. Large corporate...

Advisory

Southampton: Quantuma strengthens regional team

Business advisory firm Quantuma has bolstered its Southampton team with the appointment of director, Kelly Semke (nee Mitchell). Semke has over 20 years’ worth of...

Southampton: Nine trainees join Smith & Williamson’s office

A record number of nine graduate and school leaver trainees have joined the South Coast office of Smith & Williamson, the financial and professional...

Southampton: BDO appoints specialist tax partner

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO in Southampton, the leading adviser to mid-market companies in the Central South region, has welcomed a new specialist...

Berkshire: Growth Hub announces local peer networking programme

Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub, which provides free business support services to Berkshire businesses, is launching a local peer-to-peer networking programme to help...

Chandler’s Ford: HWB expands probate team

Accountancy firm HWB has expanded its team of those authorised to undertake probate work, with director Gary Brown and senior tax manager Gemma Hedges...
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Dorset: New call for businesses to put safety first

Businesses in Dorset are being urged to update their risk assessments to ensure workplaces are Covid safe for returning employees as government advice changes. The...

Community

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...

Langley: IRIS Software supports food bank network

IRIS Software Group, one of the UK’s largest software companies and its investor, Hg, have jointly donated £12,000 to the Trussell Trust, a charity which supports a UK-wide network of more...
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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...
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Berkshire: Portal launched for residents facing skills and employment challenges

Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched Berkshire Opportunities – berkshireopportunities.co.uk – the area’s premier gateway to finding out about jobs, apprenticeships...

Companies

Thames Valley: No-deal Brexit ‘bigger risk than coronavirus’

Despite the ongoing impacts of coronavirus and changing lockdown restrictions, 50% of businesses in Thames Valley think a no-deal Brexit poses a bigger threat...

Fareham: Female entrepreneur tackles COVID-19 challenges

A Fareham-based female entrepreneur, who pivoted her business to keep afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic while managing enormous family pressures, has been featured as...

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...
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Basingstoke: Apps in the Sky rebrands to Apptaura

Award-winning mobile app development agency Apps In The Sky has rebranded, becoming Apptaura. The rebrand includes a new logo and website, and highlights the...

Basingstoke: Most companies to offer permanent WFH

More than six out of 10 businesses are likely to have some or all staff working from home permanently in the wake of the...
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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...

Deals

Bournemouth: PE firm to acquire McCarthy & Stone

Private equity giant Lone Star has made a recommended bid for McCarthy & Stone that values the retirement homes group at £630 million. The bid...
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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...

Reading: TP Group plans further global growth with HSBC support

Reading-based TP Group, a global leader in consulting, digital solutions and engineering for the defence, space and energy industries, has ramped up its ambitious...

Southampton: finnCap raises £80m for Synairgen to support Phase III trial

finnCap Group has announced an £80 million fundraise and £7m open offer for Synairgen plc. The net proceeds of this placing will be used...

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...
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South: Moore Barlow advises SKS acquisition of Bailey Group

SKS Business Services, an award-winning firm of chartered accountants and finance outsource specialists, has acquired chartered accountants Bailey Group with legal advice provided by...

Education

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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...

Portsmouth: University gets £3.6m for extended reality centre

As part of developing a strategic road to recovery, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has awarded the University of Portsmouth £3.6 million towards...

Fareham: The Rainbow Centre takes its charity work online

The Rainbow Centre is a charity based in Fareham, Hampshire, that helps children and adults with neurological disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, MS...
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Hampshire: Business survey launched by university

The coronavirus pandemic is having an exceptional impact on the economy across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In response, the University of Portsmouth, on...

Southampton: Synairgen and university expand drug trial

The trial of an inhaled drug that could prevent worsening of COVID-19 in those most at risk is to be expanded to dose patients...

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

South East: Record profit warnings issued as COVID-19 bites

During the first three quarters of 2020, listed companies headquartered in the South East issued more than double the number of profit warnings compared...
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Southampton: HWB promotes Business adviser to associate director

Southampton based accountancy firm, HWB, has promoted James Flood to associate director. Flood originally joined the company in August 2007 as an audit and accounts...

Thames Valley: No-deal Brexit ‘bigger risk than coronavirus’

Despite the ongoing impacts of coronavirus and changing lockdown restrictions, 50% of businesses in Thames Valley think a no-deal Brexit poses a bigger threat...

South: Market IPOs resume as listing appetite increases

After a quiet second quarter on the London markets, there has been a resumption of IPO activity as both the Main Market and AIM...

South East: Confidence plummets as customer demand weakens

Business confidence in the South East fell 11 points during September to minus 10%, meaning the region returned to an overall pessimistic outlook, according...

Reading: Station named the best in England

Reading station has been named as the country’s best major station after picking up a National Rail Award. The station, which is owned and managed...

Hospitality

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...

Thames Valley: Peach Pubs backed by HSBC for reopenings

One of the UK’s leading gastro-pub groups, Peach Pubs, is beginning preparations to reopen in line with government guidance after securing a £1.5 million...

International

Reading: TP Group plans further global growth with HSBC support

Reading-based TP Group, a global leader in consulting, digital solutions and engineering for the defence, space and energy industries, has ramped up its ambitious...
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South: Glyconics wins UK government grant

Innovative diagnostics company Glyconics wins UK government grant for feasibility study on low-cost diabetic screening in developing countries. Glyconics has won an £85,000 Phase 1...

Thames Valley: No-deal Brexit ‘bigger risk than coronavirus’

Despite the ongoing impacts of coronavirus and changing lockdown restrictions, 50% of businesses in Thames Valley think a no-deal Brexit poses a bigger threat...

Reading: Company wins AI system contract in US

Reading-based tpgroup, a provider of mission-critical solutions, has signed a contract with Mountain Horse Solutions, a US defence and equipment supplier, to develop an...

Berkshire: Growing 1-Fix secures new international client

Berkshire-based 1-Fix has announced a new client win, Delphic HSE, which specialises in consultancy and risk assessment around the safety of chemicals. The win...

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...

Law

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Thames Valley: Chambers UK Guide Names Blandy & Blandy in Top Tier

Leading Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy has once again been recognised as a ‘top tier’ firm in the latest edition of Chambers...
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Thames Valley: The Head Partnership rebrands as THP Solicitors

Reading and Henley-on-Thames based law firm THP Solicitors, formerly The Head Partnership, has announced a transition to a new firm name as well as...

Employment law: Job Support Scheme explained

Associate solicitor Laura Binnie, in Blandy & Blandy Solicitors’ leading Employment Law team, explains the support available for employers and employees, including the Job Support...

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: Moore Barlow advises SKS acquisition of Bailey Group

SKS Business Services, an award-winning firm of chartered accountants and finance outsource specialists, has acquired chartered accountants Bailey Group with legal advice provided by...

Isle of Wight: Biscoes merges with island law firm

A legal firm with offices across the region has completed a merger to open its second office on the Isle of Wight, expanding the...

Manufacturing

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...
Southampton: ABP to invest £50m to support UK vehicle manufacturing

South East: Manufacturers hit hard by COVID impact

South East manufacturers are continuing to cut back on investment in response to the impact from the pandemic, according to a major survey published...

Poole: Sunseeker invests £38m in new product development

Sunseeker International, together with backing from its majority shareholder Dalian Wanda, is investing additional working capital with immediate effect in order to accelerate its...

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...

Motoring

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...

Guildford: Sportscar dealer opens new showroom with HSBC backing

Bell & Colvill, a specialist car dealership in West Horsley, has purchased and renovated a new showroom in Guildford after securing a £1.5 million...

Reading: Boyes Turner advises on electric vehicle charger deal

Specialist Reading-based tech law firm Boyes Turner has advised on an investment deal which will help drive growth at a smart electric vehicle charger...

People

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Southampton: HWB promotes Business adviser to associate director

Southampton based accountancy firm, HWB, has promoted James Flood to associate director. Flood originally joined the company in August 2007 as an audit and accounts...

Employment law: Job Support Scheme explained

Associate solicitor Laura Binnie, in Blandy & Blandy Solicitors’ leading Employment Law team, explains the support available for employers and employees, including the Job Support...

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...

Reading: BGF grows Thames Valley team

BGF, the UK’s most active investor in growing businesses, has appointed Liam Pursall as an investor and Georgie Stratton in direct origination as part...

Basingstoke: Most companies to offer permanent WFH

More than six out of 10 businesses are likely to have some or all staff working from home permanently in the wake of the...

Southampton: Quantuma strengthens regional team

Business advisory firm Quantuma has bolstered its Southampton team with the appointment of director, Kelly Semke (nee Mitchell). Semke has over 20 years’ worth of...

Property

Bournemouth: PE firm to acquire McCarthy & Stone

Private equity giant Lone Star has made a recommended bid for McCarthy & Stone that values the retirement homes group at £630 million. The bid...
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Oxfordshire: BFM and EP receive planning to develop verda park

Bridges Fund Management (‘BFM’), a specialist private property investor, has entered a joint venture with industrial/logistics developer Equation Properties (‘EP’) to develop 155,000 sq...
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...

Aylesbury: Innovation centre opens at Westcott

The UK space sector will take its next significant step forward with the opening of a new multi-million-pound Innovation Centre at Westcott in Buckinghamshire. More...

Surrey: Pharma giant acquires UK campus for R&D hub

Global pharma company UCB has signed an agreement to acquire a new campus for its UK operations in Windlesham, Surrey. It has bought the 19-hectare...

Bracknell: Former Oracle building brought to market

Middle East investor Harp Investments has brought to market Atrium Court, a 100,000 sq ft-plus offices redevelopment opportunity in the centre of Bracknell. Savills has...

Technology

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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...

Reading: TP Group plans further global growth with HSBC support

Reading-based TP Group, a global leader in consulting, digital solutions and engineering for the defence, space and energy industries, has ramped up its ambitious...

Aylesbury: Innovation centre opens at Westcott

The UK space sector will take its next significant step forward with the opening of a new multi-million-pound Innovation Centre at Westcott in Buckinghamshire. More...

Surrey: Pharma giant acquires UK campus for R&D hub

Global pharma company UCB has signed an agreement to acquire a new campus for its UK operations in Windlesham, Surrey. It has bought the 19-hectare...

Southampton: finnCap raises £80m for Synairgen to support Phase III trial

finnCap Group has announced an £80 million fundraise and £7m open offer for Synairgen plc. The net proceeds of this placing will be used...
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Oxfordshire: Five companies join AI growth programme

Five companies from Oxfordshire are among 32 companies joining the AI Growth Programme, which has been designed to champion and support the UK's leading...

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

Sale of Porterhouse Medical to imc group, backed by Waterland Private Equity

Submission Date: 31 July 2020 Completion Date:  30 July 2020 Target:­­  Porterhouse Medical Acquirer:  imc group and Waterland Private Equity Deal Value:  Undisclosed Deal Description: Spectrum Corporate Finance has...