Alex is 4th generation of family to work at Swindon's GWR Carriage Works

By Ben Fitzgerald - 10 October 2018

CommunityBusiness

Business founder, Alex Pollock, is continuing a great family tradition - being the fourth generation on his mum’s side to work in Brunel’s 200-year-old Carriage Works.

The social media marketing company he founded two years ago - SocMedSup.com - has recently moved to offices in Workshed - based in the former Great Western Railway building.

Alex started his company with one employee and now has a team of 15 - initially running the business out of co-working office space in London and Swindon to keep overheads down.

“Now we have a significant portfolio of clients with regular work, we need the professionalism of our own place for client meetings and to invite potential clients for pitches. Workshed’s environment and location are perfect because it’s easy to catch a train to London to see clients, as well as fairly close to Bath where we have several,” said Alex.

According to Alex, staying in Swindon was influenced by “the creative and digital environment at Workshed, which is perfect. It’s great value for money and the underpass to the Swindon Outlet Village keeps staff happy! We’ve been very well-supported by Swindon businesses so we’re glad we’re staying here.”

Swindon’s iconic Carriage Works has been shortlisted in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence. It is one of only eight projects, plans and policies vying for the South West’s top planning award. The winner will be announced in November. Swindon Borough Council is investing £2m in phase one of the town’s Carriage Works, off London Street, which were part of Brunel’s Great Western Works and once the largest carriage works in the country.

Workshed has three offices remaining, with co-working desk capacity for 150 people.

Email Jolyon.Rose@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 01793 230322 to book a guided tour.

 

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