Channel 4 News are travelling the country this week taking the economic temperature of the country to test claims that there is a recovery going on.
Day one of five pop-ups was in Cornwall and day two brought them to Swindon, often regarded as a bell-weather town for the nation’s economic situation.
After carrying out some street vox pops in the town centre, presenter Jenny Rigby interviewed Swindon Council leader Cllr David Renard, asking him questions tweeted to #c4newspopup.
At Basepoint Business Centre in West Swindon cameraman Jason Farrington recorded Taz Malham who set up Ruby Lou’s tattoo studio applying the Channel 4 pop-up logo tattoo to the leg of her boyfriend Pardeep Dhillon. (As a favour to C4 she used ink that will wash out in a week).
Taz, who set up her business in 2011, said: "After 5 years elsewhere it was time to do my own thing and offer tattoos in a more relaxed, friendly way. I like Basepoint because of the free parking.
"Tattoos can sometimes take a long time so the cost of parking in the town centre can add quite a lot to the overall cost. I also like the fact that Basepoint is a nice place to visit for a tattoo, not like some of the more industrial places you see in the town.
"I get a sense there is a recovery going on; we’re very busy here. I think we’re one of the two busiest tattoo parlours in Swindon."
Basepoint manager Lyn Chapman confirmed there is confidence that things are getting better in Swindon. "We’ve seen good occupation rates since Basepoint opened in 2005. Tenants like the our easy in, easy out terms where a business only has to give a month’s notice. Many of our tenants are confident that things are starting to improve slowly."
There will be several reports from Swindon on Channel 4 News, from 7pm, this evening.
Below, Jenny Rigby of Channel 4 News with Basepoint manager Lyn Chapman