Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

From aviation to digital: businesswoman is in line for business award

Lara Barnes


A businesswoman who enjoyed one high flying career in aviation before embarking on a second in technology is in the running for an award.

Lara Barnes, business development manager with leading website and Highworth-based software development company Digital Trading, has been nominated for a Women’s STEM award at the Women’s Business Conference 2019.

Politics hits demand for commercial property

Andrew Kilpatrick


Demand for office and retail space has declined while the clamour for industrial and warehouse property is waining, according to the latest Commercial Market Survey for RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The Brexit impasse has become increasingly detrimental to market activity, along with challenges to the retail sector, says the report.

Business West’s environmental credentials move up a gear with the Nexo

Business West's Hyundai Nexo from Pebley Beach


Business support organisation Business West’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact have moved up a gear, with the unveiling of its new hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo pool car from Swindon motor dealer Pebley Beach.

One of only a handful of vehicles available in the UK, the environmentally friendly Hyundai Nexo was chosen by the organisation – which signed up to the international Chambers Climate Coalition in September of this year – to promote behaviour change, reduce carbon emissions, and to encourage South West businesses to try hydrogen fuel cell technologies for themselves.

Small Business Saturday campaign rolls into Salisbury

Susi Mason from Casa Fina and chairman of Salisbury Independents


Politicians aren't the only ones rolling out battle buses. With 11 days to go until Small Business Saturday, the campaign's own bus rolled into Salisbury Market Place yesterday (Tuesday).

The bus featured a special Blue Sofa interview series, where small businesses, entrepreneurs and leading local figures shared stories about their business or local area to a Facebook live audience.

Expert advice: 12 PR Tips for Your Business for 2020

Fiona Scott


Do you engage with the media – on or offline – in your business? Would you like to yet don’t really know where to look for a story? How can you change that for 2020?

If you do want some help then I’ve come up with 12 ways to find stories in your business. Follow these simple tips and you will see results.

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