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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.

School bus crash in Malmesbury

The accident happened on the A429 in Malmesbury Credit: ITV News

A child's been rushed to hospital after a school bus left the road and careered into a ditch in wet and windy weather.

The vehicle, which was carrying around 20 schoolchildren, crashed on the side of the A429 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire at around 8.25am.

Two people - at least one child - were taken to hospital with neck injuries after the bus crashed on the way to a school in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

A spokeswoman for Wiltshire Police said: "It looks like it was just the bus involved. It seems to have left the road into a ditch."


School bus crashes on the way to Cirencester from Malmesbury

The accident happened on the A429 in Malmesbury Credit: PA

A school bus carrying 20 children has been involved in an accident in Malmesbury.

The bus, which was on its way to Cirencester, crashed at the Five Lane Crossroads on the A429.

The road is currently blocked and diversions are in operation.

Two people people have been taken to hospital, including a child.

Wiltshire Dyson factory expansion backed by council

The plan for a multi-million pound expansion to the Dyson factory in Malmesbury has been backed by the local Council.

The £250 million pound expansion could create 3,000 jobs. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Malmesbury Town Council showed its support for the quarter of a billion pounds investment which would double the size of Dyson's headquarters. It could also create 3,000 new jobs.

But some people in the area are concerned it might lead to major traffic and parking problems around the town centre and in particular around Beuttel Way near the factory.


Homes flooded for second time in a year

The Almshouses at the bottom of the High St in Malmesbury have flooded again.

The buildings have only just repaired and redecorated after flooding earlier this year.

The river came up very high last night and the alms houses flooded again. It's not as bad as last time because they had the sluice gates open.

Most people seem to be staying in their houses now clearing up.

– Tom Hudson, Rose & Crown pub, Malmesbury

Sir James Dyson on why they are recruiting

Wiltshire-based firm Dyson has reported a 19% rise in profits. It says long term investment in digital motors and new cordless vacuum technology fuelled sales and pushed turnover to £1.2bn in 2012

Now the company is looking to recruit 650 staff, increasing its engineers by 45%.

It says half of them will be recent graduates. They will work on developing smaller gadgets.

“We are growing because of continuing robust investment in research and development. We have been developing Dyson digital motors in Malmesbury for 15 years and we are now harnessing them to make smaller, more efficient machines.

It is powerful technology which sits at the heart of our 25 year pipeline of invention for Dyson.”

– Sir James Dyson, Founder of Dyson

Dyson to recruit hundreds of engineers

Researchers working at Dyson HQ in Malmesbury

Wiltshire-based company Dyson is looking to recruit 650 new staff. The firm, which has its headquarters in Malmesbury, is looking for engineers to work work on developing smaller gadgets such as cordless vacuum cleaners and hand driers.

250 of the new recruits would be based in the UK.

The firm is celebrating a good year - profits have risen 19% - to £364 million.

Dyson says less than half the team are affected

Dyson is focusing its contact centre capacity on the peak periods, to ensure we have the support available when our owners need it most. _

Following a consultation, fewer than half of Dyson’s Wiltshire-based customer care team is having their contracted weekly hours reduced by 90 minutes to bring them in line with our standard 39 hour week.

They still have the opportunity to work overtime and work towards targets and incentives that make up – or even exceed – those 90 minutes.

– Dyson spokesperson
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