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Public consultation on major Chippenham development site

October 29, 2012
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Central Chippenham Partnership (CCP), the joint venture between two major property investment funds (Aberdeen Property UK Retail Parks Trust and Ashtenne Industrial Fund), has revealed dates for a community consultation exhibition to invite feedback from the community on its emerging plans for substantial investment and regeneration of a 54 acre site, adjacent to Chippenham...

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Ask the Expert: What is the Regional Growth Fund and how do I access it?

October 23, 2012
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The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £2.4bn Government fund to which businesses across England can apply for grants and loans. The RGF, which was launched in 2011 and will run until 2015, supports projects offering significant potential for sustainable economic growth and which will create new jobs – and safeguard existing ones –...

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Swindon & Wiltshire LEP looking for new board member after resignation

October 16, 2012
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Swindon & Wiltshire LEP looking for new board member after resignation

Jane James, managing director of Chippenham-based community health and social care group HFH, has stepped down from the board of the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) due to an increasing workload at HFH. This has meant that she has been unable to play as full a part as she wanted in making...

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GALLERY: Opening night party at Carluccio’s, Bath

September 26, 2012
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Antonio Carluccio and The Mayor and Mayoress of Bath

Italian restaurant and deli chain Carluccio’s opened its new Bath outlet with a glittering party attended by figures from the city’s tourism, cultural and heritage sectors. Antonio Carluccio, the ‘godfather’ of Italian cuisine in the UK, welcomed guests to the 66th restaurant bearing his name. Guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Bath and...

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Good Food Awards serve up the best of Bath’s food and drink

September 24, 2012
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Good Food Awards serve up the best of Bath’s food and drink

The annual Bath Good Food Awards have been held at a glittering ceremony in the Guildhall, celebrating the very best of food and drink in the city. The awards were presented by wine expert Angela Mount and the judging panel consisted of food and drink professionals such as Martin Blunos, Fiona  Beckett, Xanthe Clay and...

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Community group aims to breathe new life into Chippenham town centre

September 11, 2012
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A team of enthusiastic volunteers are making good ground in ensuring that Chippenham becomes a vibrant and socially successful town again. Cherish Chippenham, a Community Interest Company (CIC), is made up of a wide variety of business owners, independent and national retailers, developers, community support groups, members of the public, and the town and...

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Former Dragon heads West to snap up last of luxury Von Essen hotel group

September 6, 2012
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The final hotel in the Von Essen’s portfolio, the upmarket Ston Easton Park near Shepton Mallet, has been sold to former Dragon’s Den investor James Caan, pictured. The 22-bedroom hotel, a Palladian mansion turned  four-star hotel in the Mendip Hills, was sold by Christie & Co to Mr Caan’s private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw...

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West of England LEP is top of the league

August 23, 2012
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An in depth report by a team of Financial Times investment analysts and experts has compared all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships and declared the West of England is the number one. The Financial Times fDi Magazine tasked the team to assess the performance of the UK’s local enterprise partnerships since they replaced the regional...

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Ask the Expert: How can I make sure my business keeps going if I have an accident and can’t work?

August 1, 2012
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This is obviously a concern for many smaller businesses, particularly sole traders, who fear that their business would not be able to continue without them, writes Milsted Langdon. However, how many people have actually put any sort of plan into place? Most people would rather not think about what will happen if they are...

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Green electricity supplier Good Energy begins trading on AIM

July 30, 2012
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Good Energy, the Chippenham-based green electricity supplier, has listed its shares on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market following eight years on the lightly-regulated PLUS market. The firm, the UK’s leading 100% renewable electricity supplier, said trading in its shares and interest from institutional shareholders had been low on PLUS and directors now believe...

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