Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

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.

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.

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.

First phase of rural college development underway

Lackham College


The first phase of £9 million development works at Wiltshire College & University Centre’s specialist land-based campus is underway.

The former animal centre and outdoor enclosures at Lackham have been demolished to make way for modern, industry-standard facilities, which are currently under construction.

Historic retail premises sold

Sydney Ingram on Catherine Street, Salisbury


A Salisbury shop that had traded under the same name for almost a hundred years has been sold within weeks of the business closing.

Sydney Ingram on Catherine Street was opened in 1925 by the eponymous saddler. He moved to the market town because demand had for making and repairing harnesses declined with the introduction of the tractor.

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