The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire October 2014 - Page 3
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Welcome to the October edition of The
Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire.
September has been a successful month
for businesses in Wiltshire with many
positive news stories, from local companies
winning awards, to successful networking
events such as the South West Business &
Community Expo- turn to business news
pages 4-7 for more.
Now the summer holidays have come to
an end the county’s networking events are
back in full swing, with many opportunities
for the taking. Visit page 18 to find out
what’s on in Wiltshire throughout October
with events from Business West, Swindon
Chamber, Wessex Chambers of Commerce
The TBE team are now busy working
on the November edition of the magazine
which will be a special bumper edition
celebrating women in business. We are
looking for inspirational ladies throughout
the county to take part in this feature set
to inspire Wiltshire women in the work
place and drive future successes. We are
looking for women from all industries to
be featured, the more unusual the role
the better. Please do drop me a line on the
email address below, or give me a call if you
would like to take part.
As the year comes to a close we will also
be looking to create our business review of
the year in the December/January edition. If
your business has made exceptional strides
in 2014 we want to hear from you, again
do get in touch if you have something
exciting to shout about.
Have a prosperous October.
Editor: Anita Jaynes
T: 01793 847966
Advertising: Penny Lamb
T: 01225 784150
Design: Juicy Designs
Artwork: Studio Creative Services
Print: MPD Offset Limited
INSIDE THIS EDITION
4 BUSINESS NEWS
A round-up of this month’s business news
We reveal recent appointments made by companies throughout Wiltshire
We find out what’s going on in the world of finance and provide useful information for your business
Legal news and advice to help your business
11 CREATIVE THINKING
News from Wiltshire’s thriving creative sector
12 REVVED UP
Motoring news and reviews from Wiltshire businesses
14 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
We look at the commercial property market throughout Wiltshire and promote properties available to
buy or rent now
17 IN PROFILE
We interview John Penton, European & Asia Pacific Sales Director - Avon Protection
Networking events happening this month in Wiltshire
NOVEMBER EDITION SPECIAL FEATURE
Wiltshire Women Mean Business
In November TBE we will be profiling some of Wiltshire’s
most inspiring business women.
Female equality is on the rise in the workplace, with
positive statistics reported in June of this year revealing
that for the first time in history there are no all-male based
boards. However, there is still a lot of progress to be made.
Only 18% of UK SME businesses are female led and only
22% of FTSE 100 board members are female.
In 2011 the government set a target that by 2015 25%
of FTSE 100 board members should be female. In May
2014 recent data showed we had hit 21.6%, up from
12.5% in 2011. This means that out of 1,117 FTSE board
members, 241 were female.
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In order to reach Lord Davies target of 25%, 48 more
board seats need to be held by women in 2015.
In this edition of TBE we will be empowering women in
business to reach for their goals and ambitions. We have
approached some of Wiltshire’s most successful women
across all industries, to give us their top tips for getting
ahead in business and help women succeed in their goal
for true equality in the workplace.
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