Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

In light of Bristol's diesel ban, what's the best buy for Swindon and Wiltshire drivers?

Dominic Threlfall


The recent decision to ban diesel cars from the centre of Bristol has reignited an old argument – what car is a better buy: petrol, diesel, hybrid, or electric?

If the government gives its approval, private diesels will be banned from the city's Clean Air Zone between 7am and 3pm daily. Drivers who flout the ban can expect the fine. Commercial vehicles including lorries, buses and taxis will also be subject to conditions and tariffs.

Accountants donate Christmas gifts kitty to homeless charity

Tom Taylor, Charlotte Finlayson, Hayley Chamberlin and Edd Stone


The team at technology-based accountancy firm Purple Lime have decided not to buy festive presents for their clients this year – instead they are donating ‘gifts’ to a local homeless project.

Purple Lime, which is based at Hartham Park in Corsham, are working with Doorway, the charity drop-in centre for the homeless based in Chippenham. For Christmas they are donating gifts worth around £500 to support those in need over the holiday period.

Training centre trials alcohol-testing technology


A national training centre is trialling technology that will prevent drunk drivers getting behind the wheel of a forklift truck.

If the trials are successful, Swindon-based Forklift Training Engineering Centre (F-TEC) hopes the technology will be rolled out across the warehousing, logistics, and material handling industries industry to operators of forklift trucks, aerial platforms, and cranes.

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