Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Chippenham Chamber looks for feedback on coronavirus impact

Kathryn Crosweller


Chippenham Chamber of Commerce is seeking information from local firms about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on their business.

In its capacity as a representative for businesses both large and small in the local area, Chippenham Chamber has a seat at two tables that provide the opportunity for businesses to have their views and experiences passed on to the Treasury.

Firms ready to embrace ‘new normal’ but government support must adapt, says British Chambers of Commerce

Dr Adam Marshall


Firms are ready for a gradual reopening of the economy but will need continued, adaptable government support during a phased return to work, according to the results of the latest Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker from the British Chambers of Commerce.

The seventh tranche of polling was conducted from 5 to 8 May, prior to the prime minister’s announcement on a roadmap to gradually ease lockdown restrictions and the launch of safe workplace guidance, and the Chancellor’s announcement on the extension of the Job Retention Scheme until the end of October.

Expert opinion: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

Matt Griffith


One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘furlough’ scheme).

It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to keep outgoings to a minimum, whilst at the same time retaining many businesses’ most important assets: their people.

Postponement of 2021 business rates revaluation welcomed

Regent Street, Swindon


A government announcement that the national rating revaluation for business rates will no longer take place in 2021 has been welcomed by a Swindon commercial property specialist.

Last week, communities secretary postponed the revaluation to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

M4 underpass will unlock new employment land

Wichelstowe Southern Access


A huge engineering project that will unlock 12.5 acres of employment land south of Swindon will begin next week.

From Monday (May 18) the latest phase of work will begin on the Wichelstowe Southern Access (WSA), which will create a new route into one of Swindon's newest housing developments.

Lockdown is putting stress on warring couples, says Swindon lawyer

Natalee Worthington


A Swindon family lawyer says there has been a worrying drop off in divorce inquiries during lockdown.

Natalee Worthington, of Worthingtons Family Law, believes lockdown is putting stress on couples trapped at home together and means women and men, who may be victims of domestic violence, are lacking an opportunity to call their solicitors and seek advice.

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