Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Expert opinion: Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus lockdown

Chris Stewart


In just a few short weeks we have all become experts in physical health care. We now know how to clinically wash our hands, and we are careful to wipe surfaces and protect against cross-contamination with social distancing.

But what has this period done to our mental health? Across the country businesses have strived to find their place in the new world, a few have become incredibly busy, some have shut down completely.

Coronavirus grants: £20 million awarded in Swindon and £50 million in Wiltshire


Civic leaders in Swindon and Wiltshire are urging firms to apply for grants to help them weather the coronavirus pandemic, as the value of grants awarded to small businesses reaches £20 million in Swindon and £50 million in Wiltshire.

Last month the government announced that grants would be available to some small businesses and organisations, and some of those in retail, leisure and hospitality industries.

Naturopath celebrates ten years in business

Caroline Peyton


Swindon naturopath Caroline Peyton celebrates her 10th anniversary in clinical practice this month.

Qualifying in 2009, Caroline set up her clinic within Wood Street Wellbeing in Old Town and since then her business has gone from strength to strength. She also runs another clinic in Cirencester and her third from Kempsford, near Swindon.

Law firm advises on sale of school software provider to edtech group

John North


Swindon and Marlborough-based law firm Royds Withy King has advised on sale of international school software provider Double First to Australian edtech company Education Horizons Group.

Double First has worked with independent schools in the UK for over 30 years. In the last decade, the company has leveraged its high-performance school management system, Engage, to grow internationally, servicing some 600 schools across more than 60 countries.

Two-thirds of respondents awaiting funds from furlough scheme as payday approaches

Dr Adam Marshall


The majority of businesses have now furloughed a proportion of their workforce, and are awaiting funds from the government’s Job Retention Scheme to enable them to pay staff, according to the results of the third Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker from British Chambers of Commerce.

The tracker reveals that 66 percent of survey respondents have furloughed staff in anticipation of scheme going live, but that more than half of firms (59 percent) have three months cash in reserve or less.

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