Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Quarry firm rewarded for outstanding restoration

Members of the Hills Quarry Products team with Ben Welbourn, operations manager CWPT (second from left) who have worked together on the restoration at Hills’ Shorncote Quarry.


The efforts of Swindon-based Hills Quarry Products in developing a thriving wildlife habitat on the restored areas of its Shorncote Quarry in the Cotswold Water Park has been recognised by the national Mineral Products Association.

A ‘highly commended’ Restoration Award was presented to Hills’ representatives by Dr Tony Juniper CBE, chairman of Natural England, at an award ceremony in London attended by representatives from quarrying companies from across the UK.

Open storage yard comes to market at Melksham

The open yard at the Ashville Centre, Bowerhill, Melksham


A newly-complete open storage yard has come to the commercial property market with consultants Kavanaghs.

The yard, at the Ashville Centre, Bowerhill, Melksham, consists of a level yard laid to stone totalling 855 square metres or 0.21 of an acre with a post and rail fence plus entrance gates.

Cleantech company gets royal seal of approval

Professor Peter Hammond (centre) tells Prince Charles how CCm's innovative fertiliser is made


A company that takes waste products and turns them into useful materials has received the royal seal of approval from the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles visited Swindon-based cleantech company CCm Technologies to hear about the firm's innovations, which are making use of waste products and – importantly – taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and locking it into physical products.

Great West Way shortlisted for tourism marketing award

Helen Dalton, digital and online marketing executive at VisitWiltshire receives the Best Website award at the TravelMole UK Awards from category sponsor Tricia Handley-Hughes of Pinpoint Britain


VisitWiltshire's Great West Way initiative is in the running to win the Destination Marketing Organisation of Year award at the UKinbound Awards for Excellence 2019.

The Great West Way is the world’s first multi-modal touring route which is located between London and Bristol and joins up many of England’s iconic destinations and attractions.

Full steam ahead for new Swindon business group

Members of the Steam BNI chapter


A new business networking and referral group has got off on the right track by calling itself Steam and launching in Swindon.

Steam, a new chapter of international organisation BNI, meets on Fridays at The Village Hotel and already has more than 20 members, who are building strong relationships and referring business to one another. Its first meeting in 2020 will be held this Friday, January 10.

Shoe shop steps up to help homelessness charity

Michael Keenan and Mark Blaylock


One of Swindon's longest-established independent retailers has teamed up with homelessness charity Threshold Housing Link to help provide shoes for the town's growing homeless population.

Old Town-based Blaylocks, which celebrates its 100th anniversary later this year, is collecting old but wearable shoes, which are distributed to homeless people through Threshold.

Record year for inbound tourism forecast for 2020


A record number of foreign visitors are expected to come to the UK in 2020, according to the country's national tourism agency, VisitBritain.

The number of overseas visits to the UK is forecast to rise in 2020 to 39.7 million, the highest ever, and up 2.9 percent on 2019 which is expected to see about 38.5 million visits by year end.

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