Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Swindon firm dispatches 700 military veterans to Covid frontline

James Parker, David Stubbs, David Childs


A Swindon-based security specialist has dispatched 700 military veterans to the frontline in the battle against Covid-19 – manning testing stations across the UK.

SSGC mobilised the hundreds of former troops in a matter of weeks to help marshal the testing centres as a supplier to both Serco and Sodexo, which are managing a number of centres on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care.

Law firm makes two senior appointments

Natalie Day and Gavin Smith


Commercial law firm Thrings has appointed two senior associates - commercial property specialist Natalie Day and succession and tax expert Gavin Smith – to advise the firm’s fast-growing portfolio of land development and private wealth clients.

Expert opinion: How to be effective online in meetings, training and presentations

Chris Dawes


Lockdown has led to a boom in online meetings, webinars, presentations, demonstrations, and training. Business people who formerly presented face-to-face have been forced to turn to video software such as Zoom and Teams, and we have all probably experienced the full quality spectrum of them in the last three months.

Indeed, it is not just presenters and trainers who have moved online. Company owners and managers are now networking, meeting and liaising online with their teams, customers, prospects and suppliers.

Law firm says life in lockdown is too much for some couples

Matthew Drew


Life under lockdown is putting many couples' relationships under strain and is driving more towards separation or divorce, according to specialist family lawyers at Goughs Solicitors.

Financial worries, furlough, working from home, juggling work with homeschooling, and added pressure on key workers has all put more strain on personal relationships, says the firm.

New team member joins accountancy firm during lockdown

Julia Halliday


Technology-driven accountancy firm Purple Lime has welcomed new office manager Julia Halliday during lockdown.

Julia was appointed to her role prior to lockdown in March however when she went into her workplace for the first time it involved working virtually in an office at home from day two.

Wiltshire Council appoints chief executive, dismisses 'bankruptcy' claims

Terence Herbert


Wiltshire Council has named experienced local government officer Terence Herbert as its new chief executive, as the authority reduces the number of officers at the top from two to one.

Terence will take up the role on 1 July and will be working with the elected leader and cabinet to shape the organisation moving forwards and lead the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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