Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Female pupils experience work at medical device company

Pupils from Swindon Academy School at Beckton Dickinson


Female pupils from Swindon Academy School have spent a day learning about working life at a medical device manufacturer, as part of the borough's Enterprise Advisor Network scheme.

Beckton Dickinson is one of 21 Enterprise Advisor companies in the town, forging a long-term relationship with local schools that goes beyond work experience. Enterprise Advisors also offer experience days and help develop pupils' interview skills.

Commercial Road properties offer a variety of sizes and rents

1 Commercial Road


Swindon property commercial agent Kilpatrick & Co has been instructed to market five premises on Swindon's bustling Commercial Road.

The largest is the former Office Angels unit at 18-20 Commercial Road, where part- open plan and part-partitioned offices are available with central heating, air conditioning and kitchen/staff room to the rear with male and female toilets and is available at an asking rent of £20,000 per annum – described by the agents as "a bargain".

New scheme launched to help Swindon firms tackle domestic abuse

Pradeep Bhardwaj, Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service CEO Emma Rawlings, swindon Council leader David Renard, Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service chairman of trustees Nicky Alberry, and Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson


Employees at some of Swindon's biggest firms are to be trained in helping victims of domestic abuse in their workplaces.

Ambassadors from companies including GWR, Network Rail, UKRI, Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Police, OMG Hair & Beauty, Business West, Wilts & Dorset Fire and Rescue, Royds Withy King, and Zurich will be paired with support workers from Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service, formerly Swindon Women’s Aid.

Swindon Council prepares to take over historic Mechanics’ Institute

The Mechanics’ Institute


Preparations could soon be underway to bring Swindon’s historic Mechanics’ Institute into public ownership.

If approval is given at next week’s Cabinet meeting (Wednesday, 25 March), officers at Swindon Borough Council could begin to make the preparations that are necessary to allow the authority to make a Compulsory Purchase Order, which could secure the council’s ownership of the building.

Expert advice: Six ways to use public speaking skills to get the best from meetings

Chris Dawes


Face-to-face business meetings might be off the agenda for now, but they'll be back soon enough. Meanwhile, take this opportunity to improve your presentation technique.

If you thought public speaking wasn’t relevant to your business, then think again. Because whether or not you or your team have to stand up and address an audience, you are still speaking – to colleagues, clients, prospects, or suppliers – and so being effective is a key skill.

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