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Dyson announces £250 million expansion in Malmesbury

Wiltshire technology firm Dyson has announced a further expansion of its Malmesbury site, creating a further 3,000 jobs. The firm's founder Sir James Dyson has also pledged to invest a further billion in developing a hundred new products over the next four years.

The company will also increase production at its manufacturing plants in Singapore and Malaysia, and extend a research programme in universities.

This is in addition to a previously announced plan for a £250 million campus expansion at its Malmesbury site, creating three thousand jobs.

We must relentlessly invent - that's why we are investing in our research footprint here in the UK and investing in our manufacturing capabilities in South East Asia.

– Sir James Dyson

Sir James has also revealed that he would vote to leave the EU, saying Germany is too dominant.

Unemployment drops in the South West

Unemployment in the South West has dropped in the last quarter Credit: PA

The number of people out of work in the South West has dropped in the quarter between July and September.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of unemployed people in the region stands at 129,000 - that's down 13,000 on the last quarter.


Rolls Royce jobs plight raised in Parliament

The MP who represents workers at Rolls Royce in Patchway has raised their plight at Prime Minister's Questions.

Yesterday it was announced that the firm is shedding 2,600 jobs, although it is not yet clear where the axe will fall.

Jack Lopresti, the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, asked David Cameron for a meeting with him and representatives to find a way to minimise the impact of the job losses.

The Prime Minister replied that he would do everything he can to champion companies like Rolls Royce.

Here's the exchange:

Filton MP to meet Rolls Royce reps today over job cuts

The MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Jack Lopresti, will meet with Rolls Royce representatives in London today after the announcement that the company will be shedding 2,600 jobs.

Jack Lopresti's constituency includes the company's plant in Patchway. It is not yet clear how many losses will be at the South Gloucestershire site. The first cuts could be next year.

An engine hangs in a testing cell at a Rolls-Royce factory Credit: PA

Rolls Royce: We have to respond to economic pressure

"Certainly in the near term, there has been a worsening economic environment in aerospace. We have continued pressure on the defence spending, certainly in western markets, and we have to respond to those pressures.

"We're working decisively and moving quickly with our teams across the world to respond to those pressures, and really make the business stronger for the future."

– Tony Wood, President of Aerospace, Rolls Royce Holdings plc.

Hundreds of jobs at Rolls Royce at risk

Rolls Royce's base at Patchway in South Gloucestershire Credit: ITV News

The aero-engine company Rolls-Royce, which has a large base on the edge of Bristol, has announced that it's shedding more than 2,500 jobs.

The job cuts are likely to be divided between the company's huge plants at Patchway, near Bristol and at Derby in the East Midlands.

Rolls Royce in Bristol told us tonight that it hadn't yet decided exactly how many redundancies there'll be at Patchway, which has a workforce of 3,500.

Most staff work for the Aerospace division which is at the cente of the cuts. A smalller number are in the Marine division, which isn't affected.


A peek behind the scenes at ITV News West Country

Young people have dropped into the ITV News West Country studios to find out about working in the media and to see what goes on behind the scenes in a busy newsroom.

It's all part of the CDN Open Day, organised by the Creative Diversity Network, to inspire more young people to pursue a career in journalism.

Our presenters Ian and Kylie give an introductory talk about life in the newsroom Credit: ITV News
The young visitors listening out for some tips about how to get ahead in broadcasting Credit: ITV News
Ian and Kylie meet some of the would-be media stars Credit: ITV News
Taking time out to scour the newspapers for that all-important headline story Credit: ITV News
Getting miked up for their starring role Credit: ITV News
The would-be journalists get a presenter's eye view of the studio Credit: ITV News
Getting a bit too comfortable in the studio Credit: ITV News
Sharlette tries her hand at presenting the weather Credit: ITV News
She has quite a critical audience - including our presenter Kylie and our weathermen Bob and Alex Credit: ITV News
The green screen is translated to the weather map on telly Credit: ITV News
Trying some camerawork - this is the car park roof where we film our weather reports Credit: ITV News
Another visitor to our newsroom today - Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer was being interviewed for a story tonight Credit: ITV News

Could thousands of jobs be coming to Taunton?

This is what the buildings at the business park could look like Credit: Taunton Deane Borough Council

4,000 jobs could be created at a new business park planned for Taunton.

The borough council wants to develop land just off junction 25 of the M5. Transport improvements to both the junction and public transport will also be made as part of the scheme.

Recruitment Agency say downturn in tourism is greater than other years

Recruitment agency Manpower UK says the downturn in tourism employment across the South West this year is greater now than it has been for years. Manpower UK says their survey shows a majority of employers in the South West won't be taking on new staff.

James Hick is from Manpower UK:

They say the South West will lag behind the rest of the country. The powerhouse of London and the South East are predicted to do well and manufacturing in the East and West Midlands gives the area a huge boost. But employment growth in the South West is predicted to stall.

Manpower UK say some employers have stopped trying to find IT workers, engineers and financiers because they know the skills they're looking for don't exist. Contraction there and saturation of the tourism employment market explains why businesses aren't expecting growth in jobs.

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