Bank of England’s Geoff Harding to speak at Swindon Chamber of Commerce event

GEOFF Harding, the deputy agent of the Bank of England in the south west, will be the guest speaker at the Business Leaders' Forum organised by the Swindon Chamber of Commerce at the Marriott Hotel on Friday November 13. He...

Two new recruits for growing IT business

IT provider Sensata has recruited two members to the team to cope with increasing demand from new and current clients. Based in Royal Wootton Bassett, Sensata has taken on experienced IT technician Luke Sampson and also IT apprentice technician James...

Swindon skincare firm in line for another big award

SWINDON beauty firm Pink&Green is back on the awards trail. The organic skincare specialist was founded last year by Carol Aplin, and has already collected national recognition for its range. Now the Old Town firm has been shortlisted in the Best...

Pension auto enrolment set to sweep up ‘micro’ businesses

IT'S a crucial year for small and micro businesses now being drawn into the Government’s staff auto enrolment pension programme, says Jeremy Leslie-Smith, of The Pensions Regulator. He told Swindon Auto Enrolment Support group that although the amount of penalties...

The return of the 100% mortgage…but what’s the catch?

NOT since the sub-prime taboo days of 2008 has a 100% mortgage been offered by a lender. Since then, the closest the market’s come to it are the two 95% Help to Buy mortgage schemes, and one of them ends...

Ramsbury laptop firm celebrate anniversary with special offer for students

STUDENTS heading off to university or college next month are being offered a birthday present by eco computer provider Green Machine. The company marks its fourth anniversary on August 25, and to celebrate is offering students a 20 percent discount...

Dad-of-three gets Active ahead of World Triathlon Championship bid

TRIATHLETE Chris Maxwell, who is gearing up for the World Triathlon Championships, has been sponsored by Wiltshire sports clinic Active Potential Therapy. Sam Cox, founder of Active Potential Therapy in Chippenham, is supporting 42-year-old Chris with sports massages during his...

Getting by with a little help from friends

WHAT happened when a wedding accessory hire business, a make-up artist and a photographer went into a bridal studio? Apart from sounding somewhat like a clumsy lead into a bad music hall joke what we’ve got here is a neat...

Carson Tyres invited to Abu Dhabi by Bridgestone

David Carson, owner of Carson Tyre & Autocare was invited by Bridgestone Tyres to be one of just 15 UK dealers to take part in testing out the new Battlax Hypersport S21 tyres on a variety of 1000cc super bikes ranging from...

We can all do our bit to help slow climate change, local businesses told

CLIMATE change needs to be curbed, and everyone has a part to play. That was the message to Gloucestershire networking group Rekindle, at a meeting in Cirencester addressed by leading authority on global warming Sir Crispin Tickell. Some 50 businesses...

StartUp business bus to give budding entrepreneurs a lift at Wharf Green event

A NATIONAL campaign aimed at aspiring businessmen and women will be coming to Swindon next week. StartUp Britain aims to harness the expertise of Britain’s leading businesspeople to encourage entrepreneurship across the UK. Founded by eight entrepreneurs and launched in March...

Little star Jess opens Twinkle Twinkle store in Emery Gate

YOUNG Chippenham resident Jess Baker has opened a brand new baby and toddler store at Emery Gate Shopping Centre, in Chippenham. The 28-year-old former Sheldon School pupil officially opened the door to Twinkle Twinkle, offering perfect outfits for little stars,...

Purton hotel owners back campaign to cut VAT on tourism

A NATIONAL campaign to cut VAT on tourism has been backed by one of Wiltshire’s most respected country house hotels. The owners of The Pear Tree, Purton have signed up to the campaign Cut Tourism VAT lobbying the Government to...

The 10 worst retirement gifts…and why there’s a good chance you won’t get one

ALMOST a third of British workers receive NOTHING from their bosses when they retire, according to new research. A study of 2,000 retirees revealed that 31 per cent of people were not given a leaving gift. Another seven per cent did...

Mixing the old and the new: Unique Corsham shop celebrates first birthday

A VINTAGE and homewares shop with a community and celebrity clientele, is celebrating its first anniversary in a popular Wiltshire town. Previous Homewares in Corsham High Street was founded and is run by entrepreneur Nicola White and offers an eclectic...