Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Lloyds agrees £30m loan facility for housing association

Barry Hughes


Lloyds Bank has agreed a £30m loan facility for Selwood Housing, supporting the delivery of local, affordable homes over the next five years.

Selwood Housing Group, a housing association with head offices in Trowbridge and Melksham, employs nearly 300 staff and provides over 6,500 local affordable homes.

Science festival launches insect cookery competition

A Thai insect plate


Amateur chefs from three Swindon firms will go head-to-head in a culinary competition with a difference during the town's new festival of science, 'Tomorrow'.

Libby Jackson, human exploration programme manager at the UK Space Agency; Tim Finney, managing director for Helen Browning's Organic; and Emily Roe, an editor at the National Trust, will be coming up with their own recipes... featuring edible insects.

Average Wiltshire salary exceeds £34,000

Tim Barfoot


Salaries in Wiltshire grew by 2.4 percent last year, bringing the average salary for the county to £34,419.

That's one of the key findings of the CMD Recruitment salary guide 2020, which has been compiled to give businesses a deeper understanding of market trends moving into 2020 and the recruitment challenges ahead.

Expert opinion: How to vlog with confidence

Pam Jones


Video is one of the most effective ways to get your message out there. And video blogging is the quickest and easiest way to use video.

I’ve come across quite a lot people who’ve made a video blog and then played it back and thought it was just awful. So they ditched the video and never bothered to do anything with it. Many of us don’t like getting in the front of the camera for different reasons. We might not like to way we sound, or look, or perhaps we feel the video doesn’t look professional enough.

So how can you get confident in front of the camera and make vlogs that you want to share?

Parliament's self-build champion to open NSBRC show

Richard Bacon MP


Parliamentarian Richard Bacon, the MP who introduced the bill that led to the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 will officially open the National Self Build & Renovation Show next Friday.

Over three thousand people will be exploring a range of topics from planning and plot finding, to smart homes and solar panels at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre, the award-winning Self Build Visitor Centre based in Swindon.

Training firm offers new courses tackling biggest cause of workplace absenteeism

Elleteq is offering first aid for mental health training courses



The biggest cause of absenteeism in the workplace is being addressed by a Melksham-based training provider.

Mental health issues have replaced physical injury as the number one cause of absenteeism in the UK.

Now Elleteq – which built its reputation offering training and technical support to businesses in the waste sector – is offering first aid for mental health training courses.

Housing association announces more affordable homes in Trowbridge

Newland Place under construction


Not-for-profit housing provider Selwood Housing has announced it will be providing new affordable homes for the local community in Trowbridge, as part of the development of the former West Wiltshire District Council offices on Bradley Road.

Newland Homes is constructing 79 new properties on the site, which has been derelict since 2009 and will now be known as Newland Place.

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