- About the BID
Swindon has a diverse range of businesses and industries based in the town. From large, national and international companies like Catalent, BMW Mini, Zurich and Nationwide Building Society which have based their headquarters here, to smaller, start-up tech companies, many firms have found Swindon to be a great place to do business.
This not only brings employment opportunities to the town, but also boosts the local economy as many members of their staff will want to live here, shop here and socialise here.
Our Business & Economy Team works with around 60 of Swindon’s largest employers and most strategically important companies to safeguard jobs and encourage growth and investment.
Key employers and support organisations represent the town’s business community under the Switch On To Swindon banner. Switch On To Swindon aims to promote the town as the ideal location to live, work and invest. The Ambassador network has grown to over 800 individuals across more than 400 businesses.
The council’s Visit Swindon website, created by local design company Jazzbones, provides enticing imagery and content to attract visitors to the town. Local tourism, retail and leisure companies now form the Swindon Tourism Group to shape the promotional activity.
An artist's impression of Zurich's state-of-the-art offices to be built in Swindon town centre.
Leading insurer Zurich is one of the town’s major employers and is building its new state-of-the-art offices as part of the Kimmerfields scheme on Fleming Way. The building will then be bought by us and leased back to the company, providing a rental income for the next 20 years.
The building will provide over 100,000 square feet of high-quality office space over six floors with a terrace and function space at roof level. It will play an important role in the ongoing regeneration of the town centre, providing over 950 staff with a modern workspace designed to enhance their wellbeing and the local environment.
The council was tasked by the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to coordinate local support and resources leading up to the July 2021 closure of Honda of the UK Manufacturing site.
Over 100 partners are engaged in the recovery programme, which includes:
a focus on finding the best use for the sites
supporting the workforces in finding suitable alternative employment
a strong focus on community wellbeing.