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Swindon’s engineering expertise showcased at major exhibition

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Swindon's hydrogen refuelling station - a UK firstForward Swindon is promoting Swindon as a prime location for engineering based businesses and expertise at the Advanced Engineering Show at Birmingham’s NEC today (Tuesday) and tomorrow.

Due to the success of last year’s show the economic development company is exhibiting for the second year running, under the Swindon UK brand. Swindon is an attractive option as a base for engineering companies – with fast connections, a highly skilled workforce on hand, and reasonable rental costs.

Paul Holmes, director of investment at Forward Swindon said: “We’re showcasing Swindon, a place that many international companies already call home. We have a highly successful engineering based economy with one of the most productive and skilled workforces in the country, so we’re looking forward to meeting like-minded business people”.

Forward Swindon Ltd has a strong track record of enabling companies to expand and relocate to Swindon, with free of charge help: identifying suitable sites, recruitment, planning applications, local authority and all business related matters associated with a move.

Paul continued, “Swindon’s offer as a place to live, work and play has never been better, with multimillion pound investments in the town including new retail, exciting new restaurants, a massive new business district creation, and plans for a new home for Swindon’s hidden gem: a world class modern art collection.

"Swindon really is in a state of dramatic change and improvement. With all this going on in the town centre, it’s the right time to think about investing in Swindon.”

The Swindon UK team will be highlighting Swindon as a leader in hydrogen fuel technologies, with the recent opening of the UK’s first solar powered open-access hydrogen re-fuelling station and an economic strategy which endorses the development of hydrogen applications throughout the borough.

Representatives from the hydrogen project team will be speaking about the project and future plans.

Swindon is also the home to the newly completed UTC Swindon – a specialist Engineering University Technical College for 14 to19 year olds, giving local employers the opportunity to help design the curriculum and skills they need for future employees.

The Principal, Angela Barker Dench will be speaking about the link between Engineering and Employers in the exciting new facility built in a renovated section of the famous GWR railway factory in the heart of the town.