Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Wiltshire Council defers business rate payments until June


No business will have to pay business rates until June if they are struggling to pay bills because of the coronavirus pandemic, Wiltshire Council has confirmed.

The council is allowing business ratepayers to defer their payments for two months. The same rules apply to private residents paying council tax.

Support for the self-employed welcomed



Support for the majority of the UK's self-employed workforce through the coronavirus crisis has been welcomed by business groups.

Millions of self-employed individuals will receive direct cash grants, chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak announced yesterday (Thursday).

Massive distribution centre takes shape

St Modwen Park Chippenham


A massive distribution centre just off the M4 at Chippenham is taking shape – although construction work has now been paused due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Steelworks for the first speculative unit on the St Modwen Park at Junction 17 have now been erected.

Chippenham author's business book is one of 30 key titles

Denise O’Leary and Mindy Gibbins-Klein


A business book by Chippenham author Denise O’Leary is one of 30 chosen by publisher Panoma Press to keep entrepreneurs informed and entertained during the coronavirus lockdown.

As part of the #StayAtHome #ReadMoreBooks promotion, the publisher has discounted 30 books, including Denise's recently-published Winner – How to Win Business Awards.

Award-winning Brexit advisors launch Trading Through Coronavirus service

Phil Smith


The global coronavirus pandemic is not just public health emergency, but an economic one too, and in response, Business West has established a brand-new service, Trading Through Coronavirus, to help businesses navigate their way through these testing times.

At the centre of the new service offer is the Trading Through Coronavirus hub - an online portal giving businesses practical advice and guidance, the facility to submit questions via a web form and signposting to vital financial information and resources, such as the government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

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