Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Solar plan could be the start of Army going green

The Duke of Gloucester Barracks


Plans by a Swindon company to build a solar farm at a nearby military base could be the start of the Army going green.

Public Power Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to Cotswold District Council on behalf of the Secretary of State for Defence to build a solar farm at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks near Cirencester.

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.

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.

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