Robert's Weekly Article - 2 March 2018

Swindon is home to thousands of businesses large and small, which means that I am kept busy visiting many of them and discussing the opportunities and challenges that face them. One such business is Nimble Thimbles, a locally owned and run sewing business.

Wrexham murderer to spend longer behind bars

A man who went on a violent spree which resulted in the death of an elderly man will spend more time in prison. Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP thought Jordan Davidson’s original sentence was too low and referred it to the Court of Appeal.

Robert's Weekly Column 14th February 2018

Since 2010, the Conservative Government has worked hard to maintain and grow a strong economy that is supportive of businesses and creates jobs. Figures released at the end of last month showed that the employment rate in Britain is the highest since records began.

Robert's Weekly Article - 9th February 2018

Housebuilding in Swindon received a further welcome boost last week, as it was announced that the Government has awarded our town £11.5m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to speed up building in two major development areas.

NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund 2018

NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund 2018

NatWest have recently announced their Skills & Opportunities Fund 2018. This is a brilliant prospect for not-for-profit organisations to access much needed funding. NatWest have said:

Sex offender’s sentence extended for repeated child abuse

Mohammed Waqar, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13, has had his prison term increased today after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient.

Robert's Weekly Column - 2 February 2018

There was excellent news this week as the latest Centre for Cities report showed that Swindon continues to have one of the best-performing economies in the country. Swindon is ranked seventh in Britain when it comes to the rate of productivity per worker – up three places from a year ago.