People & Appointments

Former business bank manager returns to Swindon in Chamber role

Written by Peter Davison.

Tim Major looking over the Kimmerfields development site.Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce has appointed former business bank manager Tim Major to drive membership recruitment in Swindon.

Tim is well known to members of the business community in the town, having been Natwest's business banking relationship manager from 2002 to 2006.

A too-good-to-turn-down opportunity to work in Jersey with parent company RBS followed, which saw Tim leave the town for twelve years.

"I've worked in Swindon, on and off, for most of my career – and it's great to be back!" said Tim, who has been tasked with looking after Swindon Chamber of Commerce members, and ensuring more businesses join the organisation.

"And I'm coming back at such an exciting time – from my desk I can watch development work at the Kimmerfields development site.

"Within a few years visitors will get disembark from their electric train to be greeted by 600,000 sq ft of commercial offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail space – it's terrific for the town!

"I've been a member of local Chambers of Commerce for 30 years in Swindon, Chippenham, Oxford, Reading and Jersey" said Tim.

"They're so important to the economic vitality of a town or city, by supporting growing business, enabling networking, and giving firms a voice at local, regional, and national level.

"Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce also provides business support services, and has a team dedicated to exporting.

"Trade delegations are invited to the UK to see what we have to offer, while UK delegations are sent all over the world. Last year the Thames Valley Chamber facilitated £1.2bn of worldwide trade."

The Chamber is kicking off 2019 with a number of events, aimed at the largest businesses to the smallest.

Already sold out is the Chamber's Spotlight on Swindon – a £40-a-head corporate dinner at Chiseldon House on January 24.

The event will be addressed by Mark Beard, executive chairman of Swindon-based Beard Construction and Ian White, program manager of corporate real estate and workplace services at Zurich.

The topic of conversation will be the continuing half-a-billion-pound redevelopment and regeneration of Swindon town centre.

Last year Zurich announced its intention to build a state-of-the-art headquarters at Kimmerfields, adjacent to the Tri Centre complex where it currently houses staff.

Aimed at SMEs, the next Swindon banner networking event will held at Swindon's Marriott Hotel on February 1 from 7.30am until 9.30am.

The event gives businesses the chance to network and to showcase their companies by bringing a pop-up banner and brochures.

Attendance costs £24 for members and £36 for non-members.

Tim also intends to support free and informal networking events and seminars across Swindon, which are popular with small businesses and sole traders.

For more information about Swindon Chamber of Commerce membership and events, visit or telephone Tim direct on 07768660697.