Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Grants available for businesses in Swindon impacted by lockdown 2.0

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Closed due to coronavirus


Eligible firms in Swindon that have been affected by national Covid-19 restrictions can now apply for the next set of government grants being processed by Swindon Borough Council.

More than £30 million has already been distributed to businesses on behalf of the Government and applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) are now open.

Peer networks launched to help SMEs recover from pandemic

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A new business support scheme has been launched to enhance the resilience and recovery of SMEs from the impact of Covid-19, and enable SMEs to develop their potential for future growth and productivity.

The peer networks programme, which is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, is being delivered locally by the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub.

Sign of the times – refurbishment reveals Victorian signage

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Food Magpie 19-21 Wood Street Swindon


The refurbishment of a restaurant in Swindon's Old Town has revealed the signage of the occupier who traded there around 150 years ago.

Work at the former Helen Browning’s Chop House at 19-21 Wood Street has revealed the original Victorian glass signage of Green & Co Dispensing Chemists, to the delight of the new tenant, who has had it cleaned and restored.

Entrepreneur and author publishes book on profit

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Bob Hayward with The Profit Secret


A Swindon-based business owner and investor has written his fifth book to help other small to medium business owners get to grips with the most important aspect of sales – profits.

The Profit Secret by Bob Hayward will be launched on December 10 and is already available for pre-order on Amazon.

Pharma firm hiring new staff to help fight against Covid-19

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Daniel Tedham


Pharmaceutical and health product specialist group Wasdell is on a recruitment drive so it can fulfil new contracts for products to combat coronavirus.

Contract wins to produce packaging for antiseptic cleaning products used in healthcare settings during the Covid-19 pandemic have meant the Swindon-based group needs more staff in a number of different disciplines.

Haines Watts Swindon expands into Cotswolds

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Phil Nickson with the three partners of Haines Watts Swindon, managing partner Mike Lloyd, tax specialist Martin Gurney, and charity and not-for-profit specialist Sue Plumb


The partners of Haines Watts Swindon are now providing professional services to businesses in the Cotswolds after acquiring the practice of Philip Nickson & Co.

Philip Nickson & Co joined the Haines Watts Group this month, becoming Haines Watts Cirencester Ltd. The business will continue to operate from its existing premises in Kempsford and from the Haines Watts offices in Swindon.

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