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“Swindon’s been great for business for all kinds of reasons, and it’s been a great place to bring up a family.”
I arrived in Swindon aged 16, moving from Kent because my dad’s job with British Telecom was being re-located to North Star House. My Swindon journey began at Swindon School of Art & Design, (Euclid Street), where I studied Graphic Design. I’ll never forget my first day, life drawing!
As my career has unfolded I’ve had roles at various agencies in London, Newbury and Cirencester, but have always lived in Swindon the area.
In 2005 I made the bold decision to set up my own business, which exists today as Bravedog. We were originally based in the Lime Kiln in Wootton Basset, and moved to our current premises in Millbuck Close, Swindon when we became part of the ESP Group, some four years ago now. Bravedog specialises in strategic and design-led branding and marketing solutions for SMEs, with the group offering extending our capability to include print and direct marketing services. The group is thriving and now employs over 115
I live in Highworth, which is really convenient for my children attending Warneford School, it’s only 15 minutes from my office and a stones-throw from the stunning Cotswolds. Well when I say Cotswolds I’m really talking about the Carp fishing lakes in Lechlade and South Cerney where I spend as much time as I can. I call it therapy, time out from by busy working day.
One of the great things about living and working in Swindon is its location, but more so the options that affords both for work and leisure. My family and I love spending time at South Cerney Outdoor, which is only 10 minutes from Swindon, down the A419. They offer Pay-and-Play paddle-boarding, kayaking and sailing in fabulous surroundings. I thoroughly recommend the weekend Tipi experience there, too you must try it.
Another great local attraction, The Designer Outlet Village, is a beacon of success for Swindon and an example of what it could all be with the right investment and support. I remember when it first opened and whilst it was ok then, it fell short of the equivalent in Bicester. It’s really come on over the last few years and I have to say now I think it stands head and shoulders above anything similar. It’s certainly a destination that puts positive Swindon on the map and keeps my fiancé in new shoes.
Swindon’s been great for business for all kinds of reasons, and it’s been a great place to bring up a family. From following Swindon Town (emotional), to nights out in Old Town (hangovers), a growing restaurant scene (diet) and all the things you can do and see within a short car ride, Swindon is the place for me.