Martin Tedham

Wasdell marks a

move up the ranks Swindon-based Wasdell Packaging has risen an impressive 13 places in the Sunday Times’ BDO Profit Track 100 – the definitive list of Britain’s best private companies with the fastest-growing profits. This is the second year running

that Wasdell has appeared in the list of the UK’s top 100 companies according to growth, this year making the considerable leap from 94th place to take the spot at number 81. Wasdell has also been

recognised as a major contributor to the South West economy this month, reaching 17th place in the South West Business Insider’s Medium Sized Business 100 list. The Insider calculates company performance by a combination of turnover and profit. Over the past year Wasdell has

continued its steady growth to maintain its position as Europe’s leading independent packaging company for the pharmaceutical industry. Wasdell exports 85% of its goods, and has more than 280 partners and customers across 47 countries. Around 650 of its 800 workforce is based in Swindon. Owner Martin Tedham said:

“We’re delighted once again that we’ve been recognised as one of Britain’s fastest growing businesses according to profit. To have moved up the ranks this far is a great honour, and is testament to the dedication and hard work of all our staff across all areas and specialisms, including those here in Swindon. We have ambitious plans to continue this growth to support and maintain our position at the forefront of the pharmaceutical packaging market in Europe.”

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Massive Attack perform at Filton Airfield earlier this year

Makeover could be massive for the area

Big-ticket leisure attractions coming on stream in North Bristol herald the area’s most fundamental makeover in decades – and will boost its appeal for younger generations. That’s according to Nadine Rees

(pictured), chair of Bristol Hoteliers Association who said the area’s increasing range of business and leisure attractions – coupled with rising levels of investment in the UK hotels industry – would bring dividends in terms of hotel development. Nadine said: “The growing

number of big-ticket leisure attractions in the area will bring thousands more people and trigger demand for further hotel accommodation. “North Bristol has thrived due

to a globally renowned industry and corporate presence including international organisations such as Airbus, British Aerospace and GKN – taking advantage of

immediate connectivity to the motorway network.” But now that presence is being

balanced by a thriving leisure industry. She added: “North Bristol will be

the first district of the city to fully benefit from the end of tolls of the Severn Bridge which will bring thousands of visitors from South Wales and beyond. “The newly-

launched Metrobus connection to South Bristol will bring in more people from other areas of the city. “The recent Massive Attack

concert in Filton demonstrated the enormous potential of the YTL Arena to be built at the old Brabazon Hangar on Filton Airfield. The Wave will bring a new generation of surfers to Easter Compton – just off the A38. In

addition, the blueprint for a massive upgrade of leisure facilities at Cribbs Causeway will provide a major ice rink and indoor skydiving centre bringing in yet more visitors.” And with hotel investment in the UK hotels industry reaching a whopping £7.4bn in 2018, there is a ready market for further investment. Bristol Chamber of

Commerce and

Initiative recognised the importance and value of a strong and diverse cultural and

leisure offer for Bristol and

alongside its partners have actively supported delivery of a major performance arena. It has also supported the development of the Wave, Wild Place and the growing leisure and entertainment facilities across this part of the city region.

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