Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Salisbury BID launches posters as businesses ease out of lockdown

Salisbury BID director Susi Mason


Salisbury BID has launched a range of social distancing posters for businesses in the city centre to use to communicate key safety messages as lockdown conditions are eased.

The posters – which can be reproduced from a desktop printer – carry messages and guidance including 'Keep a 2-metre distance', 'Queue here', 'Wash your hands' and 'Avoid shopping in groups'.

Swindon firm wins £20 million Oxford University construction contract

Rhodes House plan


Construction firm Beard has been appointed preferred bidder on a £20 million project to extend and restructure the basement of Oxford University building Rhodes House.

The scheme at the home of the international scholarship programme The Rhodes Trust – which is used for conferences, weddings, and other events – will see three new basements created to allow for additional accommodation, increased office space, and a brand-new conference centre to host speakers and delegates from around the world.

Developers back Swindon Council’s 'bus boulevard' bid


Major landowners and transport organisations have thrown their support behind Swindon Borough Council’s plans to transform the area around Fleming Way.

The final business case to create a new bus interchange and gateway into Swindon town centre has just been submitted to the Government’s Future High Streets Fund after making it through the first stage of the bidding process last year.

Restart, Rebuild & Renew – Chamber to work with MP on getting business moving again

Robert Buckland


Swindon Chamber of Commerce is to work with South Swindon MP and government cabinet member Robert Buckland on restarting, renewing and rebuilding the town's economy.

The campaign will begin with a virtual conference on Friday, May 29 from 11.30am. Swindon businesses will be able to discuss the challenges that lie ahead, and get an insight into Westminster’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Training expert warns companies about effects of furlough on sales teams

Diane Banister


A training expert is warning companies that their sales teams will need help in adapting to a new way of working when they return from furlough.

Diane Banister, managing director of Royal Wootton Bassett-based Intelligent Dialogue, said the long lay-off could have left staff rusty and anxious about switching their selling to video or phone calls as businesses adapt to a ‘new normal’.

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