Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Work to start on new Zurich HQ in Swindon


Work will start later this month on the construction of a new corporate headquarters for insurance giant Zurich in Swindon.

The £37 million construction contract was signed today with Skanska. The firm hopes to complete the six-storey, 9,300 square metre office – housing 950 staff – by 2022.

Citizens Advice Bureau braces for new surge of debt pleas for help

Suzanne Wigmore


An advice charity bracing itself for a surge in people plunged into debt by the pandemic has been boosted by a Wiltshire Community Foundation grant.

Wiltshire Citizens Advice Bureau has been awarded £21,900 from the community foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund, which has now raised more than £950,000 and distributed more than £600,000 to 167 groups.

Partnership boosts security for firms migrating to Magento 2


Marlborough-based cyber security specialist Foregenix has signed a strategic partnership with e-commerce hosting firm Sonassi – part of the iomart group – to provide more protection to firms planning to upgrade their website platforms to Magento 2.

The partnership will give Sonassi’s clients access to Foregenix’ FGX-Web security solution, which monitors for threats and suspicious behaviour and alerts users to attacks and possible breaches as they migrate. Higher FGX-Web plans are also available which include protection from online threats.

Changes to capital gains tax will hit buy-to-let landlords and second home owners - law firm

Rod Smith


Aligning capital gains tax rates with those for income tax and a review of the current reliefs, allowances and exemptions could have a major impact on buy to let portfolios, second home owners, and potentially individuals receiving an inheritance, according to tax experts at law firm Royds Withy King.

The government this week announced a review of capital gains tax which may result in CGT rates becoming aligned to income tax rates.

Huawei row: BCS says UK was 'over-reliant' on single foreign supplier for critical infrastructure


The UK has become over-reliant on a single foreign supplier for the development of the UK’s 5G network and found itself 'stuck between a rock and a hard place' when the situation turned political.

That was the reaction from Swindon-based BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to the news that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is to be stripped out of Britain’s 5G phone networks by 2027.

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