Business experts

Swindon and Wiltshire's best business brains give advice and opinions on hot topics.

Expert opinion: When training the trainer makes investment sense

Written by Chris Dawes.


For many business owners, capitalising on their knowledge and expertise by creating and delivering training is an obvious step and a potential income stream.

Owner managers of SMEs become subject matter experts, often having worked in their particular field for many years, building up a wealth of experience and knowledge which can help others.

Expert advice: Rating Revaluation has been pushed back to 2023

Written by Andrew Kilpatrick.

Andrew Kilpatrick


The next national Rating Revaluation of all business properties will take place in 2023, having been postponed from 2021, earlier this year.

The 2023 Rating Revaluation will be based on rents at April 1, 2021, to allow time for the effects of the coronavirus pandemic to be reflected in rents.

Expert opinion: Furlough is ending – are you prepared?

Written by Mike Lloyd.

Mike Lloyd


As we move into autumn, furloughing or the Job Retention Scheme, which has enabled many business owners to retain their staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, will end.

This is the time to take stock and plan for the future of your business whether for recovery, growth or both– while you are still able to receive government support. For each business that plan will look different but, as with everything in business, having a plan is critical.

Expert opinion: Are you considering permanent home working for your business?

Written by Peter Jones.

Peter Jones


Pre-coronavirus, some employers may have thought that home-working would not be suitable for their business. Or perhaps, had considered testing the waters of remote work but hadn’t found the time to put a trial into motion.

This quickly changed when the government made working from home a critical component in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses that could facilitate remote work were asked to do so, and what may previously have seemed like barriers to remote work had to quickly be addressed to protect health and keep businesses operational.

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