Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

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.

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.

Brewery celebrates its Best of the Best

Best of the Best winners 2019


Twenty seven pubs have celebrated their success with Wadworth at the independent family brewer and regional pub operator’s annual Best of the Best Awards.

Held last night (Monday) in Devizes, the awards ceremony toasts the very best pubs and people from Wadworth’s managed and tenanted pub estates.

Pubs received the prestigious awards during the night from various sponsors in the industry.

Trading estate sold for £3.46 million

Nursteed Road Trading Estate


Worldwide Estates has sold the freehold investment of Nursteed Trading Estate in Devizes for £3.46 million. The multi-let industrial estate was acquired by the private investment group Maybrook Properties.

Alder King and Strakers represented the vendor while Kenningtons acted for the purchaser.

Nursteed Trading Estate, located to the south east of Devizes, is arranged in three blocks and provides a total of 41,685 sq ft of accommodation on circa 3.86 acres. All 10 units are let to occupiers including Mole Valley Farmers, City Plumbing Supplies and Varivane Industries. The estate produces a passing rent of £237,500 per annum.

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.

Entrepreneur breathes new life into historic building with antique offering

Jon White and Paul Martin


Businessman Jon White has breathed life into an historic Wiltshire building by opening a new antique shop in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Old Bank Antiques, the former HSBC bank, was opened at 143 High Street on Saturday by TV presenter and antiques expert Paul Martin with town mayor Steve Watts. Town crier Owen Collier made the official announcement to all who passed by.

The shop has been a labour of love for Jon and it means the bank building is now open for business after being closed for several years.

Artisan ice cream maker joins forces with food distribution company

Rays Ice Cream


Swindon’s only artisan ice cream producer, can now be tasted across the South of England thanks to a partnership with local company Heritage Fine Foods.

Hadi Brooks, managing director of Rays Ice Cream, is now working with the Devizes-based company to supply hotels, restaurants, pubs, tourist attractions, schools and cafes with fresh, high quality ice cream in multiple flavours.

“This is an exciting development for us,” Hadi said. “We’ve been wanting to grow and offer great ice cream to anyone providing good food across the south west of the country, however we were limited by our capacity to deliver.

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