Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Swindon company launches virtual studio for streamed events


With the events industry in lockdown, a Swindon events company has launched a virtual studio allowing clients to stage conferences and awards ceremonies and other live events online.

Award-winning event production agency Corporate Events has been a part of the Swindon business scene for nearly 25 years, specialising in audience engagement and immersive experiences.

Self-employed should think before claiming Government support, Swindon accountants urge


Self-employed business owners and sole traders are being warned against rushing to apply for the second round of Government coronavirus relief funding unless they are confident they qualify.

Accountants at Swindon-based professional services company, Optimum, said thousands of self-employed people have already benefitted from the first tranche of the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS). The second round of funding opens for applications from August 17, but is aimed only at those who have been adversely affected by Coronavirus since July 14.

Packaging firm celebrates 30 years in business

Staff manufacturing corrugated packaging at GWP Group


Packaging firm GWP Group is celebrating 30 years in business with renewed optimism, after an upturn in sales following lockdown restrictions easing.

The business originally began trading out of Cheney Manor, Swindon, as the Great Western Packaging Co in August 1990.

Expert opinion: Are you considering permanent home working for your business?

Peter Jones


Pre-coronavirus, some employers may have thought that home-working would not be suitable for their business. Or perhaps, had considered testing the waters of remote work but hadn’t found the time to put a trial into motion.

This quickly changed when the government made working from home a critical component in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses that could facilitate remote work were asked to do so, and what may previously have seemed like barriers to remote work had to quickly be addressed to protect health and keep businesses operational.

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