There isn’t much that Gemma George doesn’t know about Swindon. As the Centre Manager for Fig Offices based in Swindon, she’s well placed to walk you through what makes the town so fantastic for business and growth.

 

 

Here she runs through her top 5 reasons for working in Swindon;

 

Economy

There is a very diverse economy offering in the town with a good range of opportunities in some of the most respected companies including Nationwide, The National Trust and Zurich. In the last 12 months Swindon has been named as the 4th best place in the UK to find a job too.

 

Support for growing Business’s

With an active and exciting SME business sector, Swindon is a popular location for start-up. Offering plenty of support, our friendly business networks also help with making essential business connections. Swindon has also been named as one of ‘five fast-growth cities’.

 

Business friends

Swindon’s business network is easily accessible and very welcoming. It’s a great way to build relationships and business contacts, while looking for those all-important opportunities. Check out www.eventbrite.co.uk and www.southwestbusinesshub.co.uk to get you started!

 

Location, Location, Location!

The redeveloped town has been named the 27th best place to live in the UK. With the attractive location being on the M4 corridor with 2 junctions, Swindon is connected to some of the South’s major towns and cities, including Bath, Cardiff, London, Reading, Bristol, Bath and Oxford. Great transport links situated on our doorstep connect you to the rest of the UK, through the major train lines such as Great Western main link making London and Cardiff just 45 minutes away!

 

What else is on offer for team days and lunchtimes?

The quickly growing and versatile town offers a designer outlet village, plenty of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. There are 3 cinemas’, country parks, gyms and much more all within a walking distance of the Fig Offices central location.

 

Thoughts from Swindon’s business community;

 

Sally Price, Swindon Wildcats Commercial Manager,

“I’ve lived in Swindon my whole life and have always been happy here. Working in a professional role I have learnt what a great place Swindon is for business growth and networking. I am involved in many local groups and have close connections in a lot of local companies who are also born and bred Swindonian organisations. We have so many enticing hotpots here, Swindon Wildcats Hockey, STFC & the Speedway, also great transport systems such as GWR and stagecoach. Swindon grows more successful every year and we are always building up the reputation, I’m proud to be a part of this great community.”

 

We’ve heard from Alex Pollock Managing Director at SocMedSup.com

I’ve absolutely no doubt that Swindon is a great place to base yourself if you’re looking to launch, manage and grow your business. The SME business sector in the area is thriving, which has helped to produce an awesome community of like-minded business people. There’s also a plethora of employment opportunities to be had, and a highly-skilled & talented workforce to compete for those placements. ‘Heritage’ is something that gets spoken about in relation to Swindon quite a lot – we’re the birthplace of the railways and the NHS – but its definitely a place with a brighter future. The electrification of the railway line will make journey times into London 25% quicker within the next couple of years, and we’re seeing more and more affordable housing developments being created in the Swindon area. And if you’re an enterprise with a global touch, connectivity from the town is straightforward – there’s 10 international airports within 100 mile radius of Swindon, those with the easiest accessibility down the M4 being London Heathrow (LHR) and Bristol Airport (BRS).

 

Anand Panchmatia BA Hons Director of AnD Recruitment says:

“I think Swindon is a great location both for work and to live. Swindon is ideally located on the M4 corridor with easy routes to London and also the country’s most beautiful country side , the Cotswolds, Stone Henge. Swindon also has a very reasonable cost of living compared to other places in the UK such as house prices”