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News

Supported by Barclays, The Property Franchise Group completes acquisition

Bournemouth headquartered The Property Franchise Group has formally completed its acquisition of Hunters Property, supported by a £12.5 million finance facility from Barclays. Effective...

Macbeth consolidates Thames Valley insurance leadership position

Independent insurance firm, Macbeth, has completed its second acquisition in 18 months, with the purchase of Buckinghamshire-based Peter Lole. The move further consolidates Macbeth’s...

Property consultancy Vail Williams appoints surveyor in Reading

Property consultancy, Vail Williams, has appointed James Newton as a surveyor to its growing business space team in Reading following a string of recent...

Moore Barlow secures modular home developer as new client

BoKlok UK, the sustainable, quality affordable home provider, has appointed law firm Moore Barlow as its exclusive conveyancing solicitors for UK plot sales. BoKlok, a...

Investment strategy sees Aqua aim for industry top spot

Temperature control specialist, Aqua, has announced substantial multi-million-pound investment as part of an impressive, large-scale growth plan. The company has confirmed two new investors, Philip...

BDB Pitmans webinar: Decarbonising ports – The route to Net Zero

Climate change is arguably the most pressing global issue of our time, and it is finally being taken seriously by governments around the world....

Features

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Clarifying points often overlooked by unwary charity trustees

Can charities pay their trustees? If you were asked to name the defining characteristics of a charity, you might say that they are there to...
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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...

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

Macbeth consolidates Thames Valley insurance leadership position

Independent insurance firm, Macbeth, has completed its second acquisition in 18 months, with the purchase of Buckinghamshire-based Peter Lole. The move further consolidates Macbeth’s...

R3’s response to monthly corporate and individual insolvency statistics

Corporate insolvencies have increased significantly over the past month as economic damage caused by the pandemic appears to be starting to show, according to...

Duncan Swift, partner at Azets, on March insolvency statistics

Duncan Swift and Louise Brittain, restructuring and insolvency partners at Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and business advisers to SMEs, comment on the...

Accountancy firm HWB celebrates long-service awards

Expanding Hampshire-based accountancy firm HWB has launched a recruitment drive as two experienced members of staff celebrate long-service milestones. Associate director Andrew Kershaw and business...

Leading accountancy firm Azets announces its acquisition of Moore UK (South)’s R&I team

Azets, a top ten UK accounting, tax and business advisory firm and the largest regional professional services firm for SMEs across Europe, has announced...
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New Azets Kent office appointment bolsters tax advisery team

Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and business adviser to SMEs, has appointed chartered tax adviser Ross Parsler as tax director, based in the...

Community

BAE Systems welcomes Kickstart recruits to its maritime services business

BAE Systems has welcomed its first intake of Kickstart recruits, with six young people joining the maritime services business this April, at Broad Oak...

Hampshire-based corporate sustainability expo names 2021 headline sponsor

The Hampshire expo, The Big Sustainability Expo 2021, has named its headline sponsor as carbon and energy management technology company AyMa IoT. AyMa IoT, with...
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VeGate announced winner of Kent student start-up awards

The University of Kent has announced student Mercy Adeniji as the winner of Kent Business School’s 2021 Business Start-Up Journey Awards, with her vegan food delivery service...

Southampton Airport welcomes approval of planning application

Eastleigh Borough Council has approved plans to extend the runway at Southampton Airport allowing for longer-haul flights and growth in passenger numbers. The 164m...

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...

Companies

Investment strategy sees Aqua aim for industry top spot

Temperature control specialist, Aqua, has announced substantial multi-million-pound investment as part of an impressive, large-scale growth plan. The company has confirmed two new investors, Philip...

Accountancy firm HWB celebrates long-service awards

Expanding Hampshire-based accountancy firm HWB has launched a recruitment drive as two experienced members of staff celebrate long-service milestones. Associate director Andrew Kershaw and business...

Surrey horticultural company grows with support from HSBC UK

Surrey-headquartered Nurture Landscapes has acquired two new companies with the support of an eight-figure Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) from HSBC UK. The acquisition of De-Ice...
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Ecocleen acquires The JPM Group in deal worth in excess of £5 million

Ecocleen, the leading commercial contract cleaning provider, has announced the acquisition of The JPM Group of Companies (JPM), a facilities services company based in...
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Arts University Bournemouth starts on refurbishment of innovation suite

Willmott Dixon Interiors has begun work on a £200,000 project to deliver a new suite within the state-of-the-art innovation studio at Arts University Bournemouth...
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Bournemouth-based Shears Bros appoints new business development manager

Logistics and ballroom dancing are not two things you usually see in the same sentence, but for Julie Mudd, the new business development manager...

Deals

Supported by Barclays, The Property Franchise Group completes acquisition

Bournemouth headquartered The Property Franchise Group has formally completed its acquisition of Hunters Property, supported by a £12.5 million finance facility from Barclays. Effective...

Macbeth consolidates Thames Valley insurance leadership position

Independent insurance firm, Macbeth, has completed its second acquisition in 18 months, with the purchase of Buckinghamshire-based Peter Lole. The move further consolidates Macbeth’s...

Surrey horticultural company grows with support from HSBC UK

Surrey-headquartered Nurture Landscapes has acquired two new companies with the support of an eight-figure Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) from HSBC UK. The acquisition of De-Ice...
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Ecocleen acquires The JPM Group in deal worth in excess of £5 million

Ecocleen, the leading commercial contract cleaning provider, has announced the acquisition of The JPM Group of Companies (JPM), a facilities services company based in...
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Moore Barlow’s corporate team completes deals in record-breaking run

Moore Barlow’s corporate team has completed a record period of activity, having advised on deals with a combined value of more than £830 million...
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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...

Education

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VeGate announced winner of Kent student start-up awards

The University of Kent has announced student Mercy Adeniji as the winner of Kent Business School’s 2021 Business Start-Up Journey Awards, with her vegan food delivery service...
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Arts University Bournemouth starts on refurbishment of innovation suite

Willmott Dixon Interiors has begun work on a £200,000 project to deliver a new suite within the state-of-the-art innovation studio at Arts University Bournemouth...

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...

Events

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BDB Pitmans webinar: Decarbonising ports – The route to Net Zero

Climate change is arguably the most pressing global issue of our time, and it is finally being taken seriously by governments around the world....
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IBB Law webinar: The ‘fit and proper test’ is coming – are you ready?

IBB Law's park homes team will be holding a webinar for residential park owners and managers on Thursday 13 May. On 1 July 2021 new...

Brexit webinar series: The new law – what you need to know

BDB Pitmans is hosting a series of webinars looking into some of the issues posed by the legal changes following Brexit. This series of webinars...

Hampshire-based corporate sustainability expo names 2021 headline sponsor

The Hampshire expo, The Big Sustainability Expo 2021, has named its headline sponsor as carbon and energy management technology company AyMa IoT. AyMa IoT, with...
Hendy Performance

Hendy Performance set for action-packed open day at Thruxton

Details have been unveiled for a brand new performance car event in August hosted by Hendy Performance at Thruxton Race Circuit in Hampshire. The event...
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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...

Finance/Economy

R3’s response to monthly corporate and individual insolvency statistics

Corporate insolvencies have increased significantly over the past month as economic damage caused by the pandemic appears to be starting to show, according to...

Duncan Swift, partner at Azets, on March insolvency statistics

Duncan Swift and Louise Brittain, restructuring and insolvency partners at Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and business advisers to SMEs, comment on the...
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EY survey: Hospitality may not bounce back until late summer

There is significant pent-up consumer demand for hospitality and leisure, but the majority of UK consumers are still hesitant to return to restaurants and...

Southampton Airport welcomes approval of planning application

Eastleigh Borough Council has approved plans to extend the runway at Southampton Airport allowing for longer-haul flights and growth in passenger numbers. The 164m...
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EY comments on strong Q1 IPO performance for UK listings

UK listings experienced a very strong start to the year with more funds raised in the opening quarter of 2021 than in any other...

Saffery Champness review of tax benefits of lower emission vehicles

The move to drive down the UK’s carbon footprint is increasingly evident in the taxation of low and zero-emission vehicles – not only in...

Hospitality

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EY survey: Hospitality may not bounce back until late summer

There is significant pent-up consumer demand for hospitality and leisure, but the majority of UK consumers are still hesitant to return to restaurants and...

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...

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...
Barclays

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

Moore Barlow secures modular home developer as new client

BoKlok UK, the sustainable, quality affordable home provider, has appointed law firm Moore Barlow as its exclusive conveyancing solicitors for UK plot sales. BoKlok, a...
BDB-Pitmans

BDB Pitmans webinar: Decarbonising ports – The route to Net Zero

Climate change is arguably the most pressing global issue of our time, and it is finally being taken seriously by governments around the world....
IBBLAW-webinar

IBB Law webinar: The ‘fit and proper test’ is coming – are you ready?

IBB Law's park homes team will be holding a webinar for residential park owners and managers on Thursday 13 May. On 1 July 2021 new...

Brexit webinar series: The new law – what you need to know

BDB Pitmans is hosting a series of webinars looking into some of the issues posed by the legal changes following Brexit. This series of webinars...
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PKF Francis Clark celebrates a raft of promotions

PKF Francis Clark is celebrating the promotions of two new partners and five new directors. Chloe Mills and Liam Dushynsky are made partners in the...
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Moore Barlow’s corporate team completes deals in record-breaking run

Moore Barlow’s corporate team has completed a record period of activity, having advised on deals with a combined value of more than £830 million...

Manufacturing

BAE Systems welcomes Kickstart recruits to its maritime services business

BAE Systems has welcomed its first intake of Kickstart recruits, with six young people joining the maritime services business this April, at Broad Oak...
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BGF invests £10 million in Oxfordshire-based technology business

BGF – the UK’s most active growth capital investor – has announced a £10m investment in Polar Technology Management Group, an Oxfordshire-based business that...
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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...

Motoring

Snows appoints new sales manager at Mazda Chichester

Snows has appointed Paul Rabbetts as sales manager for its Mazda Chichester dealership. Snows Mazda Chichester was established following Snows’ acquisition of the multi-branded Portfield...
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Hendy Performance set for action-packed open day at Thruxton

Details have been unveiled for a brand new performance car event in August hosted by Hendy Performance at Thruxton Race Circuit in Hampshire. The event...
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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...

People

Property consultancy Vail Williams appoints surveyor in Reading

Property consultancy, Vail Williams, has appointed James Newton as a surveyor to its growing business space team in Reading following a string of recent...

SEGRO bolsters Thames Valley property team appointing a new director

SEGRO, the leading owner, manager and developer of warehouse and industrial space, has bolstered its property team with the appointment of Jo Jackson as...

Snows appoints new sales manager at Mazda Chichester

Snows has appointed Paul Rabbetts as sales manager for its Mazda Chichester dealership. Snows Mazda Chichester was established following Snows’ acquisition of the multi-branded Portfield...

Leading accountancy firm Azets announces its acquisition of Moore UK (South)’s R&I team

Azets, a top ten UK accounting, tax and business advisory firm and the largest regional professional services firm for SMEs across Europe, has announced...
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PKF Francis Clark celebrates a raft of promotions

PKF Francis Clark is celebrating the promotions of two new partners and five new directors. Chloe Mills and Liam Dushynsky are made partners in the...

Promotions at Blanchards Bailey – an award-winning law firm

Award-winning law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP has announced a raft of promotions, including two new partners, as business continues to grow. Five new strategic roles...

Property

Supported by Barclays, The Property Franchise Group completes acquisition

Bournemouth headquartered The Property Franchise Group has formally completed its acquisition of Hunters Property, supported by a £12.5 million finance facility from Barclays. Effective...

Property consultancy Vail Williams appoints surveyor in Reading

Property consultancy, Vail Williams, has appointed James Newton as a surveyor to its growing business space team in Reading following a string of recent...

Moore Barlow secures modular home developer as new client

BoKlok UK, the sustainable, quality affordable home provider, has appointed law firm Moore Barlow as its exclusive conveyancing solicitors for UK plot sales. BoKlok, a...

SEGRO bolsters Thames Valley property team appointing a new director

SEGRO, the leading owner, manager and developer of warehouse and industrial space, has bolstered its property team with the appointment of Jo Jackson as...
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Arts University Bournemouth starts on refurbishment of innovation suite

Willmott Dixon Interiors has begun work on a £200,000 project to deliver a new suite within the state-of-the-art innovation studio at Arts University Bournemouth...
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Rustington looks to the future with further investment in its shopping centre

These have been challenging times for retail, but Rustington Shopping Centre in West Sussex continues to buck the downward trend in many places. Despite...

Technology

Investment strategy sees Aqua aim for industry top spot

Temperature control specialist, Aqua, has announced substantial multi-million-pound investment as part of an impressive, large-scale growth plan. The company has confirmed two new investors, Philip...

Hampshire-based corporate sustainability expo names 2021 headline sponsor

The Hampshire expo, The Big Sustainability Expo 2021, has named its headline sponsor as carbon and energy management technology company AyMa IoT. AyMa IoT, with...
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BGF invests £10 million in Oxfordshire-based technology business

BGF – the UK’s most active growth capital investor – has announced a £10m investment in Polar Technology Management Group, an Oxfordshire-based business that...

Napier launches ABM and automation tools to support B2B marketers

Napier, a leading B2B PR and marketing agency has launched two new online adviser marketing tools to support B2B marketers. Designed specifically for the B2B...

Automation: Learning the secrets of uptime with Quadient

Automation offers a route forward for hard-pressed e-fulfilment operations – particularly when it comes to packaging processes. But how do you build in operational...

IRIS appoints CMO to drive ambitious growth strategy

IRIS Software Group, one of the UK’s largest software firms, has announced that David Turner has been appointed as its chief marketing officer (CMO). As...

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 Premier Components to AutoCirc AB

Submission Date: April 13, 2021 Completion Date: April 1, 2021 Target: Premier European Group Acquirer: AutoCirc AB, of Sweden Deal Value: not disclosed Deal Description: Newbury-based M&A advisor BCMS...