Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

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.

Wiltshire energy firm expands north with acquisition

Stuart Pearce


Energy reduction specialist SMARTech is expanding its operations into the north of England with the acquisition of energy management specialist, Minimise Ltd.

Stuart Pearce, who founded the Corsham-based firm in 2014, said of the takeover of its Manchester rival: "With greater resources and manpower, we believe the acquisition is of enormous benefit to SMARTech energy’s customers and are delighted to welcome the team on board – and equally excited to bring their skill set and market specialism to SMARTech energy.

Trading Through Brexit scoops prestigious British Chambers award

Business West's Trading Through Brexit team


Business support organisation Business West has scooped the award for Most Effective Campaigning at the annual British Chambers of Commerce awards for its pioneering Trading Through Brexit campaign.

Trading Through Brexit (TTB) was launched in October 2018 in response to what Business West describes as "the single most radical transformation in the way that British businesses trade for decades" with the aim of helping businesses across the South West prepare for life outside of the EU.

Wadworth unveils plans to build new brewery

Wadworth Brewery


Wiltshire brewery Wadworth has unveiled plans to build a new brewing facility. The 144-year-old company won't say where the new brewery will be built, but said it would like the new facility to be commissioned within three to four years.

The company says its 134-year-old brewery at Northgate St, Devizes was "nearing the end of its useful life." It said the new state-of-the-art facility would "protect the company’s history and heritage for the long term".

Jobs at risk as energy firm announces restructuring plan


Energy giant Npower has announced plans to restructure its UK business, leading to a loss of up to 4,500 jobs and the closure of a number of call centres.

Workers at the Swindon-headquartered firm were informed of the decision on Friday (November 29). Redundancies will be made over two years, mainly at call centres.

Wiltshire firm appointed sole distributor of luxury vans

Michael Austen


The UK’s biggest used van supermarket has been appointed as the South West’s only supplier of the stylish MotionR vans offering carbon fibre body kits and luxury interiors.

The first MotionR models – which are inspired by rallying and super cars – are now available from Big Van World at Chelworth Industrial Estate near Cricklade.

Call for government to support renewables

Juliet Davenport


Three quarters of Britons want the government to do more to support the renewable energy sector, according to a survey published this week by green energy supplier Good Energy.

According to the survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by the Chippenham-based firm, more than two-thirds (68 percent) believe government should be responsible for tackling the climate emergency and accelerating the transition towards the UK’s net-zero carbon 2050 commitment.

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