Students have designs on Selfridges

Pupils from Malmesbury School in Wiltshire have spent a day at Selfridges in London. Not shopping but having some hands-on science lessons

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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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MP angry at Malmesbury planning mistake

A Wiltshire MP has strongly criitcised confusion over a controversial housing scheme in Malmesbury. The government announced yesterday (Tuesday 19 March) that 180 homes on land off Tetbury Road would go ahead.

Later a minister said the wrong letter has been issued and that a final decision would be taken by his department instead. Local MP James Gray wants to know what went wrong.

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