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Event - Swindon Governors in the Business Community

Please note: this event has been postponed until spring 2016.

One of the greatest challenges that employers face is that of developing a highly skilled workforce.  Employers can really influene the calibre of young people entering the job market by supporting colleagues to become school governors and there are currently vacancies for 80 governors in Swindon's schools.  This event will help employers understand the important benefits from supporting employee governors and playong a key role in education in Swindon.  Read more here.

Vodafone announces network improvements across Swindon - 6 July 2015

Vodafone UK has announced a major network investment across Swindon, bringing stronger indoor and outdoor coverage.  Read more here.

Employee Ownership Day - 3 July 2015

SEQOL and the National Self Build and Renovation Centre will be holding a business breakfast for Employee Ownership Day on Friday 3 July.  Click here to read more.

A word from our chair - Culture and Community in Swindon - May 2015

Our chair, Nicky Alberry, highlights the importance of community and culture within Swindon. Read more here.

A word from our chair - Swindon Half Marathon, what businesses can do - April 2015

Our chair, Nicky Alberry, looks at what the business community can do to help one of the biggest events in the Swindon calendar. Read more here.

Thrings solicitor to head up regional property organisation - 7 April 2015

Natalia Sokolov has been elected Chair of the Association of Women in Property in the South West. Read more here

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership gains new expertise - 30 March 2015

The SWLEP has appointed three new board members. Amanda Burnside, Shahina Johnson and John Mortimer have broadened the scope of specialisms and experience on the board. Read more here

New partner boosts Thrings' corporate offering - 2 March 2015

Thrings has strengthened its corporate offering to domestic and international clients with the appointment of Jonathan Morris as partner. A highly-experienced corporate solicitor, Jonathan joins Thrings from Bates Wells Braithwaite. Read more here.

Client focus drives Thrings' growth - 2 February 2015

Thrings has announced a double-digit rise in turnover and says that the provision of award-winning service and modern and transparent pricing models will remain at the heart of their client-focused strategy. Read more here.

HR specialist warns that recruiting and retaining top talent is becoming a key issue - 27 January 2015

Richard Roberts, an expert in employee engagment, says that few employers know how to create a positive culture for their employees. Read more here.  

Optimism as Swindon firms are named in the Top 500 companies list - 13 January 2015

The future is looking brighter for businesses as a list of the south’s top companies reveals increased sales, higher profits and a rise in staff numbers for the region’s biggest firms. Read more here.

BMW to offer nearly 200 apprenticeships - 9 January 2015

BMW has announced they will be taking on apprentices across the country including in Swindon and Oxford. The apprenticeships will provide young people with opportunities to gain qualifications up to degree level. Read more here.

Online tour offers Thrings’ Swindon clients unique insight - 7 January 2015

The law firm is the first of its kind in Swindon to offer an interactive, 3D virtual tour of its offices. Visitors to the website can now view 360-degree photographs of the firm's main client-facing areas. Read more here.

Old Town pub opens new chapter - 11 December 2014

A distinctive pub that has been an Old Town landmark for more than 100 years is being given a new lease of life with real ale and live music.  Read more here.

Nationwide recognised for its support for the Armed Forces community - 28 November 2014

Nationwide has been presented with a Silver Award by SaBRE (Support for Britain's Reservists and Employers) in recognition of its ongoing commitment to support the Armed Forces community. Read more here

Swindon's SEQOL wins top award for employee ownership - 18 Nov 2014

The social enterprise that delivers community health and adult social care in Swindon has won the Public Service Mutual award in recognition of its success in spinning out of the public sector into an employee-led mutual organisation. Read more here.

Working Knowledge helps tackle youth unemployment at Swindon's New College - 13 Nov 2014

The social enterprise education specialists held an event at the College and invited students to develop their ideas and seek advice from locally-based employers. Read more here.

Airports Commission's Heathrow verdict - 10 Nov 2014

The Airports Commission’s national consultation document says that Heathrow will deliver more economic benefits and more jobs throughout the UK than expansion at Gatwick.  For more information read here.

Swindon-based entrepreneur, Marcus Lilley, has won Virgin Media’s pioneer of the week - 4 November 2014

Marcus, who owns and runs FutrSocial, helps organisations in the creative industries to comprehend and make the most of social media and online content. Visit the Virgin Pioneers website for more details.

Wiltshire lawyer advises students on ways to get ahead in their careers - 7 October 2014

Students in Marlborough have been learning about what prospective employers look for from new recruits and how to get a head start in their future careers from one of Wiltshire’s leading legal experts. Read more here.

Legal expert to advise Wiltshire businesses on the changing employment landscape - 22 September 2014

Bosses in Wiltshire will have the chance to quiz a leading employment lawyer about recent and imminent changes in employment legislation at a business networking event in Swindon on 2 October.  Read more here.

Swindon Ranked 7th in High Growth Index of Places - 11 September 2014

Swindon has been ranked 7th in accountancy firm Grant Thornton's High Growth Index of Places in the UK.  Read more here.

LEP Clarifies Strategy for European Structural and Investment Fund - 18 August 2014

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has clarified its strategy for the European Structural and Investment Fund, and is welcoming local businesses to continue to engage with the plans.  Read more here.

Nominations are open Green Energy Awards 2014- 15 August 2014

Regen SW has announced that entries are now open for the eleventh year of Regen SW’s Green Energy Awards. The Awards celebrate the exciting projects, great companies and inspiring people behind the sustainable energy revolution in the south west of England.  For more information visit

Long hours now standard for professionals - 13 August 2014

Nearly three quarters of UK professionals work overtime regularly, according to research by recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley. Read more here.

Thrings advises Wilts & Berks Canal Trust on pub acquisition - 4 August 2014

Leading commercial law firm Thrings has advised the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust on the acquisition of an historic pub in Wiltshire which it plans to restore and re-open as a visitor centre and tourist destination.  Read more here.

Swindon Dance receives Art Council funding - 1 July 2014

Swindon Dance has received National Portfolio Organisation status and also has been awarded £618,800 over the next three years from the Arts Council.  Read more here.

Swindon Thrings lawyer lands top title - 26 June 2014

John Davies, senior corporate partner at leading commercial law firm Thrings, has been named Client Partner of the Year by The Lawyer, the UK’s leading legal journal. Read more here.

Swindon is fourth best place in the country - 25 June 2014

Swindon has been ranked the fourth best place in the country for growing industries in a Centre for Cities Small Business Outlook report.  Read more from the Swindon Advertiser here.

Get Involved in celebrating volunteers - 30 May 2014

Involve Swindon, the partnership that helps businesses support their own employees to offer their time and professional skills to local charities and community groups is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a thank you party on 26 June at the Marriott.  If you'd like to join the invitation list, visit

Talking our language! - 18 May 2014

Swindon's businesses always have ambitious targets and international trade has been high on the agenda.  Swindon's translation agency Syntacta has been announced as a finalist in the South West Business Insider's International Trade Awards for their support and service provided to companies in helping their goods and services cross borders - well done!

Influence Conference 2014

If you missed the Influence Conference earlier this month, you can now view our speakers' presentations online at

Swindon Festival of Innovation this September - 11 April 2014

This September, Swindon Arts Centre will be hosting a Festival of Innovation - a series of talks covering all types of subjects of innovation.  The speakers will be revealed next month, but in the meantime read more at

SWLEP calls for more investment in innovation - 1 April 2014

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has called on the Government to invest more in innovation within the region.  The Swindon and Wiltshire Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), submitted to Government proposes that further investment is made available to secure future growth in the local economy.  Read more at

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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