I have campaigned hard to bring investment to Swindon, working with Panattoni and Conservative Councillors to secure the £1 billion redevelopment of the former Honda site that is expected to create up to 7,000 jobs.
I worked hard to help secure a sustainable future for the former Honda site, which included managing complex issues with the Environment Agency, so I was delighted when Panattoni’s application for the redevelopment of the site was approved at Swindon’s Planning Committee back in April. This is a major step forward for Swindon, which is vital for jobs, investment, and the future of our town, and I am glad to have worked closely with both Swindon Borough Council and Panattoni on this. The £700m redevelopment will bring thousands of jobs to Swindon and was the largest commercial planning application ever submitted to the council.
As part of Panattoni’s plans, the company will also invest heavily in the local area. I am very pleased that the business has also agreed to invest £5.5m into wildlife around the Borough, as well as other funding, which includes £248k for the Great Western Community Forrest, £745k to improve the junction of the A419 and roads to Blunsdon, £100k to improve cycling and walking infrastructure around the site, the development of a travel plan to help people access the site without cars, and installation of public art. I will continue to work to ensure that maximum economic benefit is secured for our town, as part of the Panattoni redevelopment, bringing jobs, growth, skills, and training opportunities for local people.
Update: 19th September 2023
I was pleased to visit Future Smiths CIC here in Swindon, which is an incubator to help small businesses grow their turnover, grow their jobs and their profits.
We discussed linking this new organisation with existing networks to focus on jobs of the future and grow Swindon's economy. You can find out more about my visit here: https://www.robertbuckland.co.uk/news/sir-roberts-visit-future-smiths-cic
To find out more about this excellent CIC and how they can support your business, please visit https://www.thefuturesmiths.co.uk/
Update: 15th June 2023
I visited Swindon's new Post and Packaging Shop in Havelock Street in the town centre. You can read all about my visit in my column here: https://www.robertbuckland.co.uk/news/sir-roberts-weekly-column-26th-may-2023
Update 2nd March 2023
The Government's Department for Business and Trade has unveiled a new centralised website, targeted at helping the UK’s 5.5 million businesses.
The new ‘Help to Grow’ site from is aimed at upskilling both big and small businesses across the country by helping them to:
- Learn new skills
- Reach more customers
- Boost business profits
You can visit the website here: https://helptogrow.campaign.gov.uk/
Update: 2nd September 2022
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has welcomed the announcement that Business West has been chosen by the Government to run Local Skills Improvement Plans.
Update: 29th March 2022
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland visits KAPADA Vintage as part of Local Business Support Campaign
Let's make sure that as many people as possible know about our fantastic local businesses here in Swindon, so that we can support them and call on them when needed!
If you are a small local business and would like to be added to my Local Business Support Campaign and this page, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
The Barber Shop
- The Barber Shop
- 01793 616063 Gorse Hill
- 01793 850 950 RWB
- Mon, Tues, Wed: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thur, Fri: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Sat: 8am - 2:30pm
Swindon Brunch Club
Brunch Club are based in Swindon and provide a bespoke food delivery service.
They specialise in providing beautifully presented homemade bespoke boxes and grazing platters such as:
- Afternoon Teas Boxes
- Cheese Grazes
- Indian Deli Grazes
- Vegan Grazes
- Brunch Boxes
- Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Boxes
- Birthday Boxes
- Kids Afternoon Tea Boxes
They offer delivery within Swindon. Collection is also available.
Founded in Swindon during 2014, Chris Gibbs of Pincus Solutions helps businesses identify where they can save time allowing them to focus on business growth by helping them ensure the software they have is working well for them, or helping them implement new solutions.
From 1-hours training to a 6 week project to research and implement a new solution - She's available to help you get the most out of technology.
Chris recently saved herself 4-hours a week by implementing a Candle, an appointment book solution giving her an ROI of 119%! Where could you be making savings?
Get in touch today for a no-obligation, 30-minute free discovery call.
A small family business based up at Blunsdon specialising in VW into bespoke campervans
Contact number 07769354009
Unit One Fairview,
Civil Aviation Authority Licensed Drone Surveying and consultancy service
Currently open for business
I am a Civil Aviation Authority Licensed Drone Surveying and consultancy service, which supports both residential as well as commercial clients through aerial imaging which can be used to investigate damage to Parapets, Gutters, Roofs, Skylights, Lead Flashings, Pointing, Windows, chimneys/ spires/ cell towers, and most structures up to 400 feet. Also available to provide proof of visible damage to insurance companies and loss adjusters. Agricultural surveying work also is undertaken.
We also provide virtual tours of a wide range of buildings using some of the latest technology which uses a laser-guided camera which accurately records buildings interiors and provides viewers with a sense of actually moving around a building by clicking on areas within a scene. Examples of which may include, Estate agents, new builds, insurance work, commercial premises, retail and leisure industries as well as museums and galleries, to name but a few.
Phone: 01793 326381
Mobile: 07710 790308
ERPO Cleaning Services
We are a cleaning service specialising in Oven Cleaning and End Of Tenancy
Call: 07377 736128
Born Again Swindonian
Open for business
Visit the website here: https://swindonian.me/
Toby Robson - Black and White Conservation
Open for telephone enquiries from 9.00am to 8pm
A Bath College qualified stone mason, sculptor and heritage conservator, specialising in all aspects of lime work (mortar, repointing and repair) and repair, cleaning or replacement of damaged stone work.
Domestic house stone repairs a speciality.
Insured, member of the FSB
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Blackandwhiteconservation
Telephone: 07747 022362
Know More Corporate Wellness
Know More provides corporate wellness support to businesses through training programs and acts as a resource for their employees who are struggling with their mental wellbeing.
Domestic Cleaning in Swindon
Serenity Domestic Services
Carpet Cleaning in Swindon
Oven Cleaning in Swindon
Mobile Car Valeting
Telephone: 07540 395020
Operating the GOV guidelines for safe working for myself and my customers' safety.
Contact number:: 07925618899
Currently working within social distancing rules
A small electrical company, fixing appliances, such as oven, tumble dryers, washing machines, vacuums as well as domestic electrical work.
Free labour for all work for frontline workers, NHS, emergency services, the vulnerable, disabled, pensioners
Domestic and Repairs
The team are all NAPIT registered engineers, who are audited every year. With as much as 30 years of experience each team member has a wealth of knowledge that gives a unique take on any task. We can help with a repair to a light fitting or socket, replacement of a distribution board, sockets, lights or appliances like a shower, cooker etc. We can even help with everything such as a new build or extension
The team are skilled in many areas of appliance repairs including Dysons, hoovers, washing machines, ovens, hobs, microwaves, extractor fans & much more.
Commercial and Industrial
With as much as 30 years experience there is not much we cannot help with. Team members have the latest electrical qualifications but also have NEBOSH health & safety, as well as being CRB cleared for your peace of mind. We do not just have experience of single-phase electrical systems, we also have a wealth of knowledge & experience with 3 phase systems used within many commercial & industrial environments. It doesn’t stop with just wiring, distribution boards & sockets; we can also look after your machinery too. We have decades of experience in commercial premises such as shops, pubs etc,
Team members are NAPIT registered engineers, with City & Guilds qualifications, using the latest equipment for your peace of mind. So if you are looking for someone to help you keep your electrical equipment tested & up to current regulation standards. I offer FAT (Fixed Appliance Testing) & appliance repairs
Team members are NAPIT registered engineers, with City & Guilds qualifications, using the latest equipment for your peace of mind. So if you are looking for someone to help you keep your electrical equipment tested & up to current regulation standards. I offer FAT (Fixed Appliance Testing) & appliance repairs.
Contact Steve on 07502614 915
Bounce-R-Us are taking bookings, but only for small castles up to the size of 15ft x 15ft and for single-family parties only. Swindon and local area only. All for zero contact, payment by bank transfer. Please contact us before making bookings.
Tel: 01793 339816
Fabulous Functions UK
Swindon Based Venue Stylist dedicated to creating gorgeously decorated venues for your wedding and celebrations. You can choose from a large range of accessories or request a bespoke item for your décor.
Many couples have had the disappointment of having to postpone their longed-for celebrations and may be wondering what to do next.
We love all celebrations and believe you should enjoy your planning journey from the moment you start to plan your special day to the moment you close the doors on your celebrations. We are also dedicated to doing our bit to keep you safe so are offering consultations via video calls and telephone call. And all from the comfort of your own sofa.
Please stay safe and call or message us for a chat, we will do all we can to help. We can then send you the link for the video call to chat about your plans and the best way forward.
Call Sandra on 07511 842 451
J Flooring Limited
Contact Jake on 07715527683
Friarjacks - Luxury Homemade Flapjacks
Contact VIcki on 07852 362986
Swindon Artists Forum Gallery
We are a non profit / Charity supporting Arts and Crafts Art Gallery
Offering free and low cost art workshops, various painting media, sculpture, unique lamps & up cycled furniture
Dapaolo Italian Delicatessen
Please get in touch to request a food and wine list
Dapaolo Italian Delicatessen
65 Commercial Road
Swindon SN1 5NX
Mobile Motoring Maintenance ltd
We are working hard here trying to keep the key workers and local people's cars and Van's moving.
We provide car servicing and repairs to business and domestic customers on site in the Swindon and surrounding area.
We use only the very best quality parts, so we can guarantee all our work, giving peace of mind and reliability.
All servicing is carried out following manufacturer’s specifications using correct parts and lubricants.
What we do
- Mobile Mechanic
- All makes and models of motor vehicles
- Petrol and diesel vehicles
- Cars, vans and 4x4s
- Highly trained technicians
- Diagnostic testing
- Latest up to date diagnostic equipment
- Air con systems specialists
- Pre-purchase inspection for used vehicles
- MOT’s arranged
- Commercial and Fleet maintenance
- Car Servicing
- Batteries & Exhausts
- Air Conditioning Servicing/Repairs/Re-Gas
- Engine management faults
- Auto Electrics
- Dash warning light diagnosis
- + lots more!
Our website is http://www.amobilemechanic.co.uk
Mobile Valeting and Detailing
Topmodz Mobile Valeting and Detailing
Simon has won awards for his presentation and detailing of cars and together with over 20 years experience and his passion for perfection, he will make your car stand out in a crowd!
Contact Simon on 07543 648745
Our Opening hours are Mon-Fri 08:00 - 18:00 Sat 09:00 - 13:00 and Sun 10:00 - 13:00
My company pest24 a family-run business can carry out a range of pest control services. Including Rats, Mice, Cockroaches, Ants, Wasps and the list goes on!
We can be contacted on the following number 01793 539683. As always reassuring advice, hints and tips are free and this can be done via email firstname.lastname@example.org by phone or video call via WhatsApp 07981983581.
As people are feeling vulnerable at the moment and rogue traders and scams seem to be on the rise I can offer the added assurance that Pest24 is a full member of the Trading Standards, Swindon Buy With Confidence scheme and can be found on their website here: https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/find-a-business/
Plumbing and Heating
DW Dunn Ltd
Our opening hours are 8-4.30pm Monday-Friday.
I own and run a small local business called DW Dunn Ltd (Plumbing & Heating), we are based in Ewen nr Cirencester but cover the Swindon area too. Part of that business is Gloucestershire-Softeners which again not only covers the Cotswolds we also cover Swindon – we are the local Kinetico Dealership selling and installing Water-softeners, Drinking water systems and consumables such as Salt and filters.
Power Wash Contractors
Currently open but following government guidelines
A property care company that specialises in the cleaning of most hard surfaces covering all parts of Swindon and Wiltshire and surrounding areas. We clean Driveways, Patios, Decking, Guttering, Windows, Conservatories, New brickwork, Construction vehicles, Tarmac block paving, Car parks, Communal areas, Signs, Commercial vehicles.
Contact Paul Bunney on 07867337073
Nationwide Property Letting Services
Nationwide Property Lettings is a long-established name you can trust in property management in Swindon and surrounding areas.
Our management team have decades of experience in the property sector and a depth of knowledge to ensure you are making a safe choice, whether you are a tenant or a landlord.
- If landlords or tenants need advice, we will have the answer!
- Nationwide Property Lettings are adaptable, flexible and honest.
- We understand your needs and we understand every aspect of property management Opening Hours
- Mon-Friday: 9.00am to 6.00p
Sales and Letting Agency
Gary Bremner - Keller Williams
Bespoke sales and lettings agency covering Old Town and the villages
Offering virtual appraisals during lockdown, as well as virtual viewings to ensure we continue social distancing.
Telephone / 07446 888856
Sales support and Strategy
Correct Careers Coaching
I'm Jamie Martin (Managing Director) of Correct Careers Coaching - I'm an award-winning sales professional. I'm passionate about sales strategy and sales training to help businesses improve their revenue and processes.
I deliver modern sales training including social media marketing/prospecting, lead generation, new business conversion, client relationship management, negotiation, as well as my own pioneering programme - sales psychology.
*During social isolation, I am providing a 50% discount on my sales training programmes to help businesses.
For anyone interested/referrals, my contact details are: 07599 332178 and Jamie@correctcareerscoaching.com
Sewing, Dressmaking, quilting, bag making, knitting, crochet
Nimble Thimbles is a fabulous treasure trove of sumptuous fabrics, wonderful yarns and a comprehensive range of haberdashery.
There is a store in Swindon, Wiltshire where you can visit or an online shop for your convenience. Nimble Thimbles also has an eBay shop for those who prefer to shop this way.
The store also has an excellent sewing school, upstairs. Here you can learn all sorts of sewing skills from dressmaking & quilting to bag making, knitting & also crochet. To see the current programme of classes please go to the sewing school page.
Pink and Green Skincare
Organic and natural skincare, lovingly handmade for you in Old Town Swindon. Suitable for vegans and caring for sensitive skin. Available to order via our website.
During this unusual time, we wanted to let you know we are as ever dedicated to getting your orders to your door. We continue to operate our high standards of hygiene in producing and delivering your orders, with love and care from our small business in Wiltshire. Thank you for your support. We hope you stay safe.” Carol, Founder of Pink &Green Skincare
Call: Carol on 0781 580 7775
Currently open Tuesday to Saturday 10am till 4pm.
A social enterprise that sell refurbished bikes, brand new accessories, repairs and services.
We are offering free bikes to front line NHS staff, bikes at cost to all key workers, and open to the general public.
To help with the cost of giving free bikes away, we have set up a just giving page for everyone to support
We are in need of bike donations as well as help keep up with demand.
The Sandwich People
A local buffet delivery company that supplies buffets for any occasions. We also offer a sandwich round in Swindon where our residents attend selected companies and sell sandwiches and snacks.
1st Call Swindon Taxis
A small independent taxi company in Swindon. We offer executive standard, local and long-distance travel for up to 7 passengers, specialising in airport and seaport transfers and accessible travel for passengers using manual wheelchairs.
Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, we are currently available for bookings for essential travel, light courier work and food deliveries from store click and collect points. Our taxis are fitted with partition screens between the driver and passenger areas to ensure social distancing and are cleaned before each pick-up.
Our phone line is available between 8am and 8pm but can be booked for any time, or visit us at https://www.1stcallswindontaxis.co.uk/ to view our services, message us or send us an email.
Windmill Travel Club
We have now gradually turning the wheels and started operation some of our excellent coach trips again - subject to the latest government advice.
Our executive touring coaches are cleaned and sanitised daily by a fully trained 'covid aware' cleaning team. Our coach drivers and couriers will ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey.
Why not buy a gift voucher here and give yourself something to look forward to, as well as supporting a great local business!https://windmilltravelclub.com/gift-vouchers/
Windmill Travel Club came into existence over 20 years ago and has been building an enviable reputation as a leading provider of group leisure travel ever since.
The specialist team at Windmill Travel Club offer a complete range of day trips, weekend escapes and short leisure breaks by coach and air to destinations and major events throughout Britain, Europe and beyond.
Travel arrangements can include hotel accommodation, flights, coach travel, ferry services, tour management, couriers and guides and entrance tickets to events and attractions.
Website - www.windmilltravelclub.com
Suite 61, 116 Commercial Road, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN1 5BD.
Mobile Calls & Text Message: 07798 671041:
For all enquiries email: email@example.com
Just Host Me
Just Host Me have been happily hosting web sites for their customers from their data centres in London since 30th August 2007. They continue to remain completely independent and support their ever-growing customer base from their office based here in Swindon.
Telephone: 01793 200995