Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Accountant to dissect The Budget over breakfast


Accountant Richard Mathews will be dissecting The Budget and telling business owners what it means for them at a meeting of the networking group Business Village in Swindon.

The breakfast meeting takes place on March 12 - the day after the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presents his Budget to Parliament.

Companies must do more, mental health charity CEO tells Swindon business leaders

Paul Farmer


A third of a million workers leave employment or are signed off every due to mental illness, with lost productivity costing the average employer £1,500 per worker per year, the CEO of national mental health charity Mind told Swindon employers.

Addressing the relaunched Swindon Mindful Employer Network, Paul Farmer welcomed the efforts that have been made to address workplace mental health over the past decade, but said employers could still do more – like making a mental health check part of employees' annual appraisals.

Hills strengthens commercial waste collection fleet

Alan Pardoe, chairman, Ed Dodd, group director, Nathan Carr, fleet manager, and Mike Hill, chief executive at Hills’ new Sands Farm Facility in Calne


Waste management and recycling specialist Hills Waste Solutions has added four safer and more fuel-efficient refuse collection vehicles to its 60-strong commercial fleet.

The new vehicles have been specially designed around a Dennis Olympus body, with a Beta trade lift and 26-tonne Mercedes Econic chassis on a rear steer chassis which adds manoeuvrability and allows the vehicle access to sites that a normal 26-tonne RCV would struggle with.

Outsourced IT service provider acquired


Chippenham-based communications infrastructure and outsourced IT service provider Vysiion Group has been acquired by cloud, network and unified communications company Exponential-e.

The deal sees the exit of prominent investor BGF – which invested £4m in 2015 – from its minority stake.

Digital apprentices get insight into using social media for business

Yola O’Hara (right) with Danielle Ariyo-Francis, of IBM and Joshua Uwadiae, of WeGym


Digital apprentices were given an insight into using social media to grow a business, with expert Yola O’Hara.

Yola, founder of Royal Wootton Bassett-based social media company Visually Explained, was invited by Swindon-based BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT to present and run workshops at an event in London, staged to tie-in with National Apprenticeship Week.

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