Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Work set to start on groundbreaking battery plant at Swindon

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A major project to store solar energy in Swindon is expected to start soon.

Public Power Solutions, a wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, and Still Waters Green Technology, a leading independent battery energy storage system asset manager in the UK, say they will start work soon the next phase of their flagship 30 megawatt utility-scale, subsidy-free energy storage project near Mannington retail park.

Exploring new opportunities from new offices

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Warner House, 123 Castle Street, Salisbury


Oil and gas exploration company Rockhopper Exploration has moved into new offices in the heart of Salisbury.

Property consultancy Myddelton & Major has successfully negotiated the letting of Suite 303, Warner House in Salisbury’s Castle Street on a new ten-year lease. The quoting rent was £33,400 per annum.

Pharmaceutical firm invests more than £640k in equipment to remain at the cutting edge of world patient safety

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Ayo Sotannde


Pharmaceutical and health product specialist group Wasdell has invested more than £640,000 in equipment to remain at the cutting edge of world patient safety.

Among the Swindon-based group’s new purchases are a vision inspection system that is able to spot if essential information is missing from labels, a highly accurate counter that ensures dosages in containers are precise, and a system that automatically identifies any anomalies in tablets and capsules, so that any that are damaged or incomplete are immediately withdrawn from the production line.

Business leaders respond to government Spending Review

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Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak


The government yesterday (Wednesday) pledged support for jobs and training as chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak's Spending Review laid bare the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK economy, he confirmed, has suffered its biggest hit for three centuries – 11.3 percent – and the UK is set to be the hardest hit of all the G7 nations.

Pioneering firm awarded £500,000 innovation funding

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Keven Chappell


A Calne-based company has been awarded nearly half a million pounds from the government’s SMART Innovate UK scheme to continue researching and testing its ground-breaking plastic welding technology.

Pinweld's polymer welding technology – which fuses pieces of plastic – gives discrete yet strong welds, Its goal is to achieve the same strength and flexibility as the original material, and the technology is attracting substantial interest from the automotive repair sector in the UK.

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