Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

MD backs NHS Confederation’s call to bring more drug manufacturing to the UK

Daniel Tedham

The boss of a Swindon pharmaceutical company has welcomed a call by NHS leaders to reduce the risk of future drug shortages by bringing more drug manufacturing to the UK.

The NHS Confederation, a 500-strong membership body that represents hospitals, ambulance trusts, health and social care organisations and clinical commissioning groups, says dealing with Covid-19 has put enormous pressure on UK supplies of prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs.

Police warn businesses of the dangers of 'Zoom-bombing'


Wiltshire Police have issued a warning to businesses taking staff meetings and networking events online to be aware of a phenomenon known as Zoom-bombing.

Incidents take their name from the popular video networking app Zoom and incidents of unwanted guests hijacking the video conference.

IT firm donates laptops to homeschoolers


A Westbury-based IT firm is calling for unwanted laptops which it can refurbish and as donate to children and teens who are being homeschooled.

Laptops have become a vital tool for young people as learning moves online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Brewery launches Pub in a Box


A Swindon brewery has created the ‘Pub in a Box’ to help those in lockdown that are missing their local boozers and favourite tipple.

Named The Isolation Arms, the box, which can be delivered to doorsteps, contains a mini cask of Arkell’s ‘Freshest Beer in the Cellar’, two Edinburgh gin and tonic cans or mini bottles of red or white wine, two pub pint glasses, five bags of assorted bar snacks including crisps and of course pork scratchings, a deck of playing cards, a general knowledge pub quiz, a pen and two traditional beer mats.

Wiltshire entrepreneur tops Sunday Times rich list

James Dyson


Wiltshire entrepreneur James Dyson has become the richest person in the UK for the first time, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, which was published yesterday (Sunday).

The inventor – who employs 4,500 people at his research and development base in Malmesbury – saw his wealth grow by £3.6 billion over the past 12 months, climbing to £16.2 billion.

NHS motorbike volunteers are revved up by Coronavirus Response Fund


A network of volunteer bikers playing a vital role in support of the NHS is being helped to stay on the road with a grant from the Wiltshire Community Foundation.

The Severn Freewheelers, who give up their time to ferry vital supplies, samples and documents, has been given £2,900 from the community foundation’s Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund.

City centre shop unit fitted out and ready

2 St Thomas Square Salisbury


A boutique retail unit fitted out and ready for immediate occupation at the heart of Salisbury city centre has come on to the commercial property market.

Property consultancy Myddelton & Major has been instructed to market 2 St Thomas's Square, which sits on a busy city thoroughfare.

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