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Living And Working In Swindon

March 24, 2022
by
Joanna Clare

In the South West of England, situated in the county of Wiltshire, lies the large town of Swindon which is approximately 70 miles from London and makes it ever popular with commuters. It has an area of just under 25 miles and has a population of around 155,000 residents.

Swindon has a long and interesting history and was even mentioned in the Domesday Book. Centuries later, after being known as a small bartering market town, the Industrial Revolution helped pave the way for the beginning of Swindon's rapid growth, especially with the construction of the canals. The Great Western Railway became significant because of the Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Swindon Works that was constructed for their locomotives and had their own village for the workers with health care being of utmost importance. The Works is now a fascinating Steam Museum The railway works in general throughout Swindon boomed and at one point was the town's largest employer until its natural decline.

The economy still retains its proud heritage within its industries and has a strong rate of productivity amongst the workforce. This is particularly evident in advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction, distribution and logistics, financial and professional services, digital and technology and the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals which have all seen fast growth and expansion and are predicted to continue to do so. Swindon and the surrounding area has a higher than average number of larger companies and many major companies are based here.

Both Bristol and Heathrow Airports are within easy reach of the town and the town is very well connected to other parts of the UK via rail and road.

Millions of pounds of investment has been planned for regenerating the town centre over the next few years which will increase business and have excellent transport links.

With such good employment opportunities, Swindon is often described as one of the best places to live in the UK and can boast some of the highest average incomes in the country.

The town centre is pedestrianised, offering a relaxing yet exciting shopping experience with both indoor and outdoor shops and regular markets. A designer outlet offers some amazing shops and a fantastic food court.

Several parks offer some lovely scenery and tranquil walks while you admire the wildlife, many being dog friendly.

Wyvern Theatre presents many wonderful events and shows and with several galleries and museums you will never be wondering what to do next.

Although Swindon is a town, it is situated between the Cotswolds and the North Wessex Downs so has some wonderful scenic countryside waiting to be explored.

Like many other areas in the UK, property prices have risen and here is no exception. The good news however, is that this is expected to begin to slow down and level out by the end of the year. An average property price currently stands at around £250,000 onwards which is relatively low compared with other similar towns and cities within the UK.

At The UK Careers Fair, we provide job applicants to find openings and opportunities to find their new corporate home. If you’re looking for career fairs in the UK, you’ll be glad to know that there will be a career fair held in Swindon at the County Ground on Friday 25th March and Friday 23rd September from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Download your free candidate ticket here!

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