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Swindon town centre boosted by Vintage and Retro Festival - 14 March 2014

Swindon’s first Vintage and Retro Festival has succeeded in attracting more people to the town centre, resulting in an unprecedented 27% rise in visitors as well as increased sales over the weekend (1/2 March).  Read more here.

First growth grants awarded to local businesses - 13 March 2014

Four local businesses have been announced as the first beneficiaries of grants to support growth, thanks to funding secured by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  Read more from the SWLEP here.

OMG finalists in English Hair and Beauty Awards - 11 March 2014

OMG Hair and Beauty, owned by Influence board member and beauty entrepreneur Vanda Tanner, has been shortlisted for Best Salon in the Fake Bake English Hair and Beauty Awards.  Read more here.

Creating a vibrant, attractive town centre - 5 March 2014

As part of the £350 million regeneration of Swindon town centre, major changes will be made to Fleming Way. This will create an extended town centre where people can move freely and easily between work, retail and social areas.  Read more here.

Skills will decide who wins or loses - 30 January 2014
The British Chambers of Commerce has today (Thursday) published its Skills and Employment Manifesto, setting out ways to radically transform the systems that educate our young people, and recommendations for training our adult workforce.   Read more here.

Annual health check of UK cities shows that the Capital is booming while other cities fall further behind - 27 January 2014

Cities Outlook 2014, the annual health check of UK cities, warns that economic recovery is widening the gap between London and other cities in the UK. London continues to be critical to the UK economy, creating almost 10 times more private sector jobs than the second fastest growing city, Edinburgh.   Read more here.

Thamesdown Transport pioneers tyre pressure reading system - 3 January 2014

A UK company has developed a device which can read the tyre pressure of vehicles as they pass over it, which is currently being tested at Thamesdown Transport's depot.  Read more and watch the video here.

Influence on BBC Radio Wiltshire - 2 January 2014

Influence Board Member Mike Godfrey on BBC Radio Wiltshire regarding train fare increases.  Listen here, starts at 44.35.


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