Local radio's guest experts highlight Swindon's thriving business community

By Claire Dukes - 12 March 2019

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Swindon's abundance of business opportunities were recently put on show during a panel discussion on the town's local community radio station.

Swindon's community radio station, Swindon 105.5, led a panel of local business representatives to highlight the town’s thriving business community.

Despite the impending closure of the Honda plant, and further economic uncertainty of Brexit, the panel of business experts highlighted Swindon as a place with a "wealth of opportunities".

The live show was chaired by Andrew Wells of Business West at Liden Library last month, which saw Swindon 105.5's business show team air a one-off show 'Opportunities for 2019'. The programme saw Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) Radio's presenter Amelia Bishop, and Tim Thurston from Team-i, take to the airwaves to present questions from more than 30 local businesses to the show's panel.

Keynote speakers of the one-off of programme included Swindon Borough Council Leader David Renard, Nick Burns-Howell, - Innovation Comms & Engagement Lead at Nationwide Building Society - Kris Talikowski, - owner of local juice bar The Core, and Board Member of Switch on to Swindon - and Mark Miles of Render Media.

Swindon 105.5 Station Manager Shirley Ludford says she was "delighted" with the event. She said: "It was a natural development for the business programme team to engage with its audience through such an event."

The live show was also attended by local business representatives including Sally Taylor from Swindon Wildcats and Rachael Booth from Total Swindon. Of the event Rachel Booth said: "Swindon 105.5 is a very valuable asset and carries out important work in the community."

Another live panel discussion of 'Opportunities for 2019' is planned for September. Mind Your Own Business is broadcast Mondays from 6pm to 7pm and repeated Tuesdays at 9am on Swindon 105.5.


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