The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire July 2014 Edition - Page 3

CONTENTS NOTE FROM THE EDITOR INSIDE THIS EDITION June has been a celebratory month for Swindon and Wiltshire with lots of positive news for business. At the end of June The Centre for Cities released their annual Small Business Outlook report, showing how small businesses are performing in cities across the country. The report shows that in Swindon small businesses are performing extremely well, investing for growth and innovation and building their workforce. Swindon was listed 4th in the UK for fuelling economic recovery. This is such encouraging news and will hopefully inspire more start-ups in the area. The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP (SWLEP) also announced plans this month to develop Swindon and Wiltshire into a vibrant and innovative manufacturing centre based on high-growth areas such as renewable energy and waste, sustainable materials and biosciences. The ‘2026’ vision is for a thriving economy based on exploiting the areas strong military presence and developing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) so they can respond quickly to developing opportunities. Turn to page 18 to find out more about the SWLEP’s plans as this month we interview the new Chairman, Barry Dennington. In September TBE will be celebrating our first year in business. To mark this occasion we are reaching out to other companies in the county that are touching the same milestone. We want to hear your journey and business successes so far. We will also be supporting new start-up’s with a special feature offering top tips and advice from industry experts to help you get started. To find out more about this feature and how you can be involved contact me on the details listed below. Editor: Anita Jaynes E: press@tbeswindonandwilts.co.uk T: 01793 847966 Advertising: Penny Lamb E: penny@wendybestjournalist.co.uk T: 01225 784150 Web: www.tbeswindonandwilts.co.uk Design: Juicy Designs Artwork: Studio Creative Services Print: MPD Offset Limited Cover Photo: Courtesy of Robert Peel from The Marketing Edge. www.themarketingedge.org 4 BUSINESS NEWS A round-up of this month’s business news 7 APPOINTED We reveal recent appointments made by companies throughout Wiltshire 8 FINANCE We find out what’s going on in the world of finance and provide useful information for your business 9 LEGAL Legal news and advice to help your business 10 CREATIVE THINKING News from Wiltshire’s thriving creative sector 11 REVVED UP Motoring news and reviews from Wiltshire businesses 12 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY We look at the commercial property market throughout Wiltshire and promote properties available to buy or rent now 14 SPOTLIGHT ON MALMESBURY We focus on the Wiltshire town of Malmesbury 16 FORWARD SWINDON We look at the changing face of Swindon’s town centre 18 IN PROFILE We interview Barry Dennington Chairman of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership 19 CONNECT Networking events happening this month in Wiltshire SPECIAL FEATURES FOR THE AUGUST EDITION OF THE BUSINESS EXCHANGE Personal business development, interview skills and training We get advice from the experts to help you develop your career. Key tips on leadership, boosting your confidence, dressing for success, tackling critical situations, preparing for tough conversations, managing your time and giving and receiving feedback are all subjects we will cover in this special feature. We will also look at training courses within the region that will help you reach your goals. Wiltshire Towns: Royal Wootton Bassett Next month we take a closer look at businesses based in the rural town of Royal Wootton Bassett and the business centre space available in the town, such as Lime Kiln and Bowman House. THE BUSINESS EXCHANGE KEY STATISTICS Readership: 15,000 Circulation: 5,000 For a full list of our 2014 features please visit the TBE website and download a PDF of our media pack hosted in the advertising section of the site www.tbeswi