If your business is on the move and you are considering relocating to another town or city, then now more than ever Swindon represents a great opportunity.
The Wiltshire town – large enough to be a city, although thus far denied city status – has gone through many changes, and some ups and downs, since its early beginnings as a rapidly expanding railway town. Last year’s announcement that Honda will close its site in the town was no doubt a blow.
But today, and even against the backdrop of COVID-19 and all the economic repercussions this is having, Swindon is seeing recovery, growth and expansion.
Business developments in Swindon
Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has successfully bid for £9.7m from the Getting Building Fund (GBF), which will give a real boost to the local economy of Swindon and Wiltshire. The GBF is aimed at delivering science and innovation projects in the cyber, life sciences, environmental and digital technology sectors. Swindon has always been a hotbed for technological innovation, so where better to invest.
Five reasons to move to Swindon
Swindon is ideally located on the M4 Corridor and has excellent links going East to Reading and London and going West to the cities of Bath, Bristol, and also into Wales, within easy reach of Newport and Cardiff.
With the removal of the tolls on the Second Severn Crossing, and electrification of the railway into London Paddington, commuting to and from Swindon has never been easier, faster or more cost-effective.
Our own serviced office centre here at Rombourne couldn’t be better placed to give our clients easy access to the transport network. We are right on junction 16 of the M4, and just 15 minutes from the town centre railway station.
Swindon is at the heart of what is often referred to as the UK Silicon Valley. The town and the surrounding area are a hotbed of innovation and – as mentioned – Swindon & Wiltshire LEP is driving investment into the region.
3. There’s Plenty To Do
Swindon is a hive of activity. It has a theatre, art gallery, ice rink, many gyms, superb leisure facilities, and dozens of restaurants in the town centre and the historic Old Town.
For shopping, the Designer Outlet offers a wide variety of designer and high street labels, restaurants and a popular food hall. You can find out more about what is going on in and around Swindon by checking out this popular blog.
4. Business Networking
There are many dynamic business networking groups, which have successfully moved online as a result of Coronavirus. They will offer newcomers to the town’s business community a great way to meet other business people. They include, but are not limited to, Swindon Business Village, BNI, 4N, and one recent innovation (a combined networking group and online business centre) The Cobra Club.
5. Variety of Business
Swindon is a dynamic mix of microbusinesses, SMEs and some very large enterprises, such as Nationwide and the National Trust. This all adds to the richness and diversity of the town. By locating here, you will be rubbing shoulders with some powerful players and real entrepreneurial talent.
At our Rombourne Serviced Offices in Swindon, we have recently invested £150,000 in a refurbishment, so if you are considering a move to Swindon and are looking for superior serviced office space, we would love to show you around.
Solicitor Natalee Worthington, owner of Worthingtons Family Law, moved into Rombourne in Swindon when she founded her business in 2019.
“I chose Rombourne for my new business after looking at a few different serviced offices,” said Natalee. “The staff at Rombourne are exceptional, the receptionists are welcoming and dressed smartly – the ideal first impression for my clients. The waiting area is bright, modern, spacious and immaculately clean (as is the rest of the building). The manager Danielle Mottram is friendly, approachable and professional. There are a few lovely meeting rooms. The location was also a key factor for me, being just off of junction 16 of the M4, making it easy for clients to get to, and it has free parking available.”
To talk to us about your plans to relocate to Swindon, please get in touch with the team.