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Reading: IgniteData collaborates with AstraZeneca on pilot programme

IgniteData, the Reading-based digihealth start-up, has announced a new collaboration with AstraZeneca which aims to revolutionise the way clinical trials are conducted at hospitals. The...

Oxfordshire: Demand for industrial space has reached record levels

Bidwells Spring 2021 Oxfordshire report reveals that due to intense activity in 2020, Oxford has shown robust growth with 27% take-up compared to 2019,...

C Smart Agricultural Services based in Cheddar acquired by agricultural machinery specialist

Law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has acted on a deal that sees Hampshire-based agricultural machinery specialist Hunt Forest Group acquire John Deere dealership C...

Southampton: Government late payment crackdown welcomed by HWB

A government crackdown on the late payment crisis stifling many small businesses has been welcomed by a Hampshire chartered accountant. Under tougher rules being introduced...

Southampton: Gallagher invests in public sector insurance expertise

Gallagher has invested in its public sector insurance expertise, with the appointment of Alex Ross, who joins as account director in the insurance broker’s...

South East: Shoosmiths appoints new fintech specialist

Leading technology and fintech lawyer, Prakash Kerai (PK) is the latest partner recruited to UK law firm Shoosmiths’ commercial team with offices in Thames...

Features

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How Brexit has changed UK intellectual property (IP) laws

Following the Brexit transition period, what has changed for UK intellectual property (IP) laws? Andrew Jerrard, solicitor, Trethowans, answers the question. If you had an...
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Recovering from the pandemic – has your business investigated its insurance policy?

The current pandemic has had, and continues to have, a devastating effect on businesses worldwide.  Clarke Willmott has reported on the legal issues of...
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Is your business ready for the changing IR35 tax rules?

IR35 tax rules are changing. With the Covid-19 crisis continuing, it may have slipped off the radar for many that changes placing responsibility on...
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Championing talent from diverse backgrounds

At Kleinwort Hambros our mission is to simplify life’s financial challenges, driven by our vision to become the leading responsible bank for client service...
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A guide to understanding fleet management

Fleet management might be a term you have never used in your business and you might think you don’t need it, but if you...
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A strong year despite the pandemic

Positive mindset and strong leadership can make a world of difference – how a South Coast automotive business turned the Covid threat into its...

Special Features

Special Feature: Commercial Property

To participate in this feature contact: Nathan Inns (Thames Valley) – nathan.lindstrom@black-ox.com – 07825 604444 Alan Lindstrom (Solent) – alan.lindstrom@black-ox.com – 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.lindstrom@black-ox.com – 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.lindstrom@black-ox.com – 07825 604444 Alan Lindstrom (Solent) – alan.lindstrom@black-ox.com – 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...

Advisory

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Southampton: Government late payment crackdown welcomed by HWB

A government crackdown on the late payment crisis stifling many small businesses has been welcomed by a Hampshire chartered accountant. Under tougher rules being introduced...
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Southampton: Gallagher invests in public sector insurance expertise

Gallagher has invested in its public sector insurance expertise, with the appointment of Alex Ross, who joins as account director in the insurance broker’s...

Reading: Fortus strengthens local presence with merger

Fortus Business Advisors & Accountants has recently strengthened its southern presence by merger with the Reading office of HJS Accountants. The Reading-based team will continue...

Thames Valley: Accountancy firm Ross Brooke joins UHY Hacker Young

Thames Valley accountancy firm Ross Brooke has joined UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group, as it expands its presence in the south of...
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Guildford: Grant Thornton advises Supermassive Games on investment

Grant Thornton UK LLP’s corporate finance team, led by UK technology, media and telecoms lead and global head of M&A Andy Morgan, supported by...
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Central South: Mid-market businesses drive to spearhead recovery

Central South businesses plan to embark on an investment and hiring drive in 2021, as the UK continues to follow the roadmap out of...

Community

Solent: LEP publishes Skills Action Plan and Local Skills Report

Skills development plays a critical role in providing the opportunities needed for the region’s residents, workforce and businesses to remain competitive and grow, according...
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Oxford: Green light for new global life sciences district

Oxford City Council has granted planning permission for Oxford North proposed by Thomas White Oxford, the development company of St John’s College, to create...

Bicester: First commercial units available at Graven Hill

The first new commercial units at the 550 acre Graven Hill residential development in Bicester are now being offered either to let or for...

South: Community Chest opens to deliver vital support

Hall & Woodhouse has launched its 2021 Community Chest Awards with applications opening to local causes from Friday, March 5. The leading independent family-owned brewer...
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Maidenhead: Plans for redevelopment given green light

A £500 million redevelopment proposal for the Nicholsons Shopping Centre and surrounding area in Maidenhead, hailed as the blueprint for all future UK town...
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Poole: New shopping district set to rejuvenate the town

Legal & General’s development continues at KINGLAND, Poole’s new shopping district on Kingland Crescent, to transform what was once a tired and grey high...

Companies

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South East: Shoosmiths appoints new fintech specialist

Leading technology and fintech lawyer, Prakash Kerai (PK) is the latest partner recruited to UK law firm Shoosmiths’ commercial team with offices in Thames...

Hampshire: International expansion for med-tech business 270 Vision

Following exceptional growth, medical and healthcare business 270 Vision has announced ambitious expansion plans, as it seeks to raise investment to support its growth...
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Oxfordshire: peoplevalue announces investment from Ethos Partners

peoplevalue is delighted to announce that it has received private equity investment from Ethos Partners. This investment has supported the management buyout of peoplevalue...
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Hampshire: Corporate sustainability Expo cements platform for growth

Southampton hosts one of the UK's most respected events dedicated to supporting the private and public sector through the challenges of corporate sustainability. Throughout...
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South East: Launch of new business performance consultancy

Experienced company director and charity non-executive director Andrew Longland has launched his own business performance consultancy, Futurum Consulting, across Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Longland has...

Thames Valley: Henley Business School students seek support

Launching a new business is hard work in normal times, but even tougher during a pandemic. A group of entrepreneurship students at Henley Business...

Deals

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C Smart Agricultural Services based in Cheddar acquired by agricultural machinery specialist

Law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has acted on a deal that sees Hampshire-based agricultural machinery specialist Hunt Forest Group acquire John Deere dealership C...
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Guildford: Grant Thornton advises Supermassive Games on investment

Grant Thornton UK LLP’s corporate finance team, led by UK technology, media and telecoms lead and global head of M&A Andy Morgan, supported by...
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Reading: Osborne Clarke advises BGF on investment

Reading-based lawyers at international legal practice Osborne Clarke have advised Business Growth Fund (BGF) on a £10.5 million minority investment in cyber security business...

Whiteley: Onecom acquires 9 Group in second major deal this year

Onecom, the UK’s leading business telecoms and cloud communications provider, has added thousands of fixed-line and cloud customers and hundreds of channel partners to...
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South East: PKF Francis Clark advises on sale of Enterprise

PKF Francis Clark has advised Fortus Group, a leading B2B security distributor in the UK and Ireland, on its acquisition of Enterprise Security Distribution. Enterprise...
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Newbury: BCMS point towards a busy period for M&A

Following a recent rebrand in January, Newbury-based corporate finance adviser BCMS completed three deals in the space of just 10 days. Jonathan Dunn, CEO at...

Education

Thames Valley: Henley Business School students seek support

Launching a new business is hard work in normal times, but even tougher during a pandemic. A group of entrepreneurship students at Henley Business...
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Solent: Working together to strengthen higher and further education

As part of ongoing work to strengthen higher and further education ties across the region, Solent University and Eastleigh College have entered into a...

South: EM3 invests in industry-designed gaming campus

Students joining Havant and South Downs College from September 2021 will enjoy studying the new gaming curriculum in a dedicated space at the Alton...
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South East: Impact of pandemic on young peoples career plans

More than 40% of young people aged 16-24 surveyed in the UK say they are putting their career or education plans on hold until...

Oxford: Launch of the world’s first conservation venture studio

Oxford University, Global Accelerated Ventures, and the research commercialisation arm of the university, Oxford University Innovation (OUI), are launching the world’s first conservation venture...

Thames Valley: Apprenticeship opportunities in the property sector

With this being National Apprenticeship Week 2021, LRG, one of the largest property services groups in the UK, is supporting apprenticeships with a range...

Events

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Hampshire: Corporate sustainability Expo cements platform for growth

Southampton hosts one of the UK's most respected events dedicated to supporting the private and public sector through the challenges of corporate sustainability. Throughout...
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Relaunch of The Business Magazine’s Awards programme

Following the recent announcement that Black Ox Media & Events has acquired the publication and listings of The Business Magazine, we are delighted to...
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Paris Smith Employment Law Conference

Places are still available for the Paris Smith Employment Law Conference this Wednesday, March 17, from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Hear from our partners, Clive Dobbin,...
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South: Catalyst South pilot innovative AI programme

Catalyst South is hosting its first panel event at this year’s Innovate Local: Southern Pioneers on March 8 at 10:50am. The nearly all female...

South: Call for southern pioneers to join forces this March

Venturefest South and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have partnered with Innovate UK and KTN to bring you Innovate Local: Southern Pioneers on...

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’...

Finance/Economy

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Southampton: Government late payment crackdown welcomed by HWB

A government crackdown on the late payment crisis stifling many small businesses has been welcomed by a Hampshire chartered accountant. Under tougher rules being introduced...

South East: Firms back pace of easing lockdown restrictions

Nearly two-thirds of South East businesses support the pace of easing of lockdown restrictions, according to the latest data from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking...

Thames Valley: Accountancy firm Ross Brooke joins UHY Hacker Young

Thames Valley accountancy firm Ross Brooke has joined UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group, as it expands its presence in the south of...
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Central South: Mid-market businesses drive to spearhead recovery

Central South businesses plan to embark on an investment and hiring drive in 2021, as the UK continues to follow the roadmap out of...
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Romsey: New bookkeeper joins Clear Vision

Accountancy firm Clear Vision has recruited Frankie Osborn to join the Romsey office as bookkeeper. With previous experience of working both in-house for Serenity Holidays...
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Team player Stuart blows the whistle on a successful career

Stuart Haigh, director at Whitley Stimpson, is retiring after more than 35 years in accountancy. Over that time Haigh has built up a reputation...

Hospitality

South: Community Chest opens to deliver vital support

Hall & Woodhouse has launched its 2021 Community Chest Awards with applications opening to local causes from Friday, March 5. The leading independent family-owned brewer...

South: Customer praise secures a national award for Hoburne

Hoburne Holidays has won a national award after being praised by its holidaymakers for outstanding customer service during the Covid-19 pandemic. The family-run company, which...
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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...

International

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Hampshire: Cross-border support as Brexit queries rise

Companies seeking independent help and advice about post-Brexit trading are being offered a strengthened package of support from Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. The business membership...
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South East: UK exporters benefit from ‘made in Britain’ tag

As the UK government negotiates new trade deals in markets across the globe, research from Barclays Corporate Banking reveals how British exporters can benefit...

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...

Law

Kelvin-Balmont

C Smart Agricultural Services based in Cheddar acquired by agricultural machinery specialist

Law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has acted on a deal that sees Hampshire-based agricultural machinery specialist Hunt Forest Group acquire John Deere dealership C...
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South East: Shoosmiths appoints new fintech specialist

Leading technology and fintech lawyer, Prakash Kerai (PK) is the latest partner recruited to UK law firm Shoosmiths’ commercial team with offices in Thames...
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Thames Valley: Moorcrofts strengthens its corporate team

Leading corporate and technology law firm, Moorcrofts, has strengthened its corporate team in the Thames Valley, having promoted Kate Prentis to senior associate and Adam Forder to...
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Thames Valley: Boyes Turner promotes six high fliers

Leading tech law firm Boyes Turner has promoted six members of staff. The promotions at the Thames Valley firm include three new partners. They are...
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Southampton: Major new appointment for Trethowans

Trethowans, a leading law firm based in Southampton, has appointed Steve Cole as its new head of banking and finance. Cole's recruitment represents a major...
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Reading: Osborne Clarke advise GCP on investment in Bridewell

International legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised Growth Capital Partners (GCP) on a new multi-million investment in Reading-based cyber security services company, Bridewell Consulting. The...

Manufacturing

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Reading: Boyes Turner advises on agri-services aqcuisition

Boyes Turner has advised on an acquisition for a leading international agri-services company to complement its amenity business portfolio in the UK. The corporate transactions...
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Bicester: Seychell appoints new operations manager

Bicester-based Seychell Engineering and Fabrication has appointed a new operations manager, as the firm begins to roll out a major investment in training and...
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South East: Manufacturers start year with mixed picture

South East manufacturers are seeing a mixed picture in the first quarter of the year as the shortage of semi-conductors and new trading relationships...
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New Milton: Engineering firm welcomes new sales director

Hampshire-based precision engineering business RHH Franks has appointed a new sales director, John Atkins. The key appointment comes as the New Milton manufacturing firm...
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South East: BDO’s proposals to boost UK manufacturing

Two-thirds of manufacturers (65%) would commit to greater investment in the UK if incentives for capital expenditure were increased, a new survey from accountancy...

Oxfordshire: JSP increases production with HSBC UK support

Oxfordshire-based manufacturer of 'above the neck' personal protective equipment (PPE), JSP, has secured a seven-figure finance facility from HSBC UK. The funding will support...

Motoring

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South: New head of business for Snows BMW/MINI division

Diana Mackinnon has been appointed head of business for Snows’ BMW/MINI division in the south of England. The newly-created role covers Snows’ BMW and MINI...

Thames Valley: Cordwallis celebrates 50 years by joining Mercedes-Benz

Thames Valley-based operators of Mercedes-Benz and FUSO trucks can look forward to the highest standards of aftersales back-up from the latest recruit to the...

South: Hendy Group expands Lotus operations

Hendy Group is on the expansion trail with the addition of Lotus in Hampshire and Devon to complement its existing Lotus operation in Dorset. Hendy...

Maidenhead: Road improvement scheme enters new phase

A £6 million road improvement scheme, to improve traffic flow through the centre of Maidenhead, enters a new phase next week when work begins...

South Coast: Car retail group pledges to raise £40,000 for local charities

The Peter Cooper Motor Group is celebrating 40 years in business this year by pledging to raise £40,000 for local charities. The top-rated, family-run South...
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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...

People

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Southampton: Gallagher invests in public sector insurance expertise

Gallagher has invested in its public sector insurance expertise, with the appointment of Alex Ross, who joins as account director in the insurance broker’s...
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South East: Shoosmiths appoints new fintech specialist

Leading technology and fintech lawyer, Prakash Kerai (PK) is the latest partner recruited to UK law firm Shoosmiths’ commercial team with offices in Thames...
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Thames Valley: Moorcrofts strengthens its corporate team

Leading corporate and technology law firm, Moorcrofts, has strengthened its corporate team in the Thames Valley, having promoted Kate Prentis to senior associate and Adam Forder to...
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Dorset: Matt West joins draperVENT as managing director

Matt West has joined Dorset-based draperVENT as managing director. He brings a wealth of experience, from across a diverse mix of sectors. West said, “I...
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Hampshire: New managing director appointed at Bargate Homes

Mark White has been appointed as the new managing director of Bargate Homes and is set to take on the role from current MD...
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Southampton: Major new appointment for Trethowans

Trethowans, a leading law firm based in Southampton, has appointed Steve Cole as its new head of banking and finance. Cole's recruitment represents a major...

Property

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Oxfordshire: Demand for industrial space has reached record levels

Bidwells Spring 2021 Oxfordshire report reveals that due to intense activity in 2020, Oxford has shown robust growth with 27% take-up compared to 2019,...
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Hampshire: New managing director appointed at Bargate Homes

Mark White has been appointed as the new managing director of Bargate Homes and is set to take on the role from current MD...
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Southampton: Grainger launches its first build-to-rent development

The UK’s largest listed residential landlord, Grainger plc, has launched Gatehouse Apartments its first build-to-rent scheme in Southampton. Located on the city’s East Street, the...

Oxford: Thomas White Oxford (TWO) selects Hill Group as development partner

Thomas White Oxford, the development company of St John’s College, has selected Hill Group as the development partner for the first phase of new...
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Dorset: Axis 31 – brand new industrial development

On behalf of developer, Ankers and Rawlings, Primmer Olds BAS, alongside joint agents Goadsby and Lambert Smith Hampton, have completed the successful sale and...
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Thames Valley: Nick Coote undertakes a new challenge

After 25 years at Lambert Smith Hampton, mainly leading its successful Thames Valley team, Nick Coote has decided to undertake a new challenge and...

Technology

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Reading: IgniteData collaborates with AstraZeneca on pilot programme

IgniteData, the Reading-based digihealth start-up, has announced a new collaboration with AstraZeneca which aims to revolutionise the way clinical trials are conducted at hospitals. The...
Prakash-Kerai

South East: Shoosmiths appoints new fintech specialist

Leading technology and fintech lawyer, Prakash Kerai (PK) is the latest partner recruited to UK law firm Shoosmiths’ commercial team with offices in Thames...

Hampshire: International expansion for med-tech business 270 Vision

Following exceptional growth, medical and healthcare business 270 Vision has announced ambitious expansion plans, as it seeks to raise investment to support its growth...
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Thames Valley: Moorcrofts strengthens its corporate team

Leading corporate and technology law firm, Moorcrofts, has strengthened its corporate team in the Thames Valley, having promoted Kate Prentis to senior associate and Adam Forder to...
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Thames Valley: Boyes Turner promotes six high fliers

Leading tech law firm Boyes Turner has promoted six members of staff. The promotions at the Thames Valley firm include three new partners. They are...
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Guildford: Grant Thornton advises Supermassive Games on investment

Grant Thornton UK LLP’s corporate finance team, led by UK technology, media and telecoms lead and global head of M&A Andy Morgan, supported by...

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

ACOLIN and Sovereign Capital acquire Fundbase

Submission Date: 11/04/21 Target:­­ Fundbase Acquirer: ACOLIN Deal Description: UK private equity Buy & Build specialist Sovereign Capital Partners recently announced that portfolio company ACOLIN, a leading provider...