I think Brunel would be very proud of the legacy he has left and that he continues to inspire business and innovation in Swindon.
I moved to Swindon just over 2 years ago now: I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do. I admit I had a bit of a negative attitude towards the town but I bought a beautiful house and was ready to explore what Swindon had to offer. I can honestly say Swindon has continued to surprise and delight me both from a personal and business point of view.
I run an award-winning small business (Virtuoso Assistant) which provides virtual business support services to start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners so, of course, my business moved with me. 90% of my business provides digital services so I’m not tied to any geographical area although I have missed being a part of a business network.
After attending the launch of Switch on to Swindon in January 2017 at Swindon Audi, I have since met an incredibly proactive and positive group of business people who all share a love of Swindon. I’ve already joined forces with some of the Switch on to Swindon Ambassadors and we’re looking forward to launching a collaborative project this Autumn. I live on the edge of an area of outstanding beauty; it only takes 5 or 10 minutes to drive North into the Cotswolds or South into wonderful Wiltshire. If I’m looking for somewhere quiet to sit for an afternoon then Lydiard Park is just down the road – I cycle there along one of Swindon’s many well-kept cycle routes. Swindon is just 30 minutes by rail to Bristol, 20 minutes to Bath and 45 minutes from London; it couldn’t be easier for me to hop on a train to visit friends, business associates or family.
I’ve never considered myself to be a ‘railway geek’ until I moved to Swindon but as I walk from the Outlet Centre, past the National Trust HQ towards Swindon station I can’t help marvelling at Brunel’s beautiful old railway buildings. As a small business owner I’m very excited about plans Forward Swindon have to transform the West Shed of Carriage Works into a shared work space this October. I think Brunel would be very proud of the legacy he has left and that he continues to inspire business and innovation in Swindon.