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Living And Working In Swindon

In the South West of England, situated in the county of Wiltshire, lies the large town of Swindon which is approximately 70 miles west of London and 25 miles northeast of Bristol. There are excellent transport links with easy access to the M4 motorway and mainline train services with a direct train getting you to London in less than an hour.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
March 19, 2024

In the South West of England, situated in the county of Wiltshire, lies the large town of Swindon which is approximately 70 miles west of London and 25 miles northeast of Bristol. There are excellent transport links with easy access to the M4 motorway and mainline train services with a direct train getting you to London in less than an hour.

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 continued 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 the town had their own village for the workers with health care being of utmost importance. The Works is now a fascinating Steam Museum. The railway  in general throughout Swindon boomed and at one point was the town's largest employer until its natural decline.

The strong and steadfast economy of Swindon is amongst the best in the UK and still retains its proud heritage within its industries. It has a vigorous rate of productivity amongst its workforce in addition to a high employment rate. Strong sectors include advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction, distribution and logistics, retail and leisure, financial and professional services, education, life sciences and healthcare, digital and technology. Swindon and the surrounding area has a higher than average number of larger companies and many major businesses are based here which provide stability and career growth potential. Swindon is one of the UK’s fastest growing and productive towns with strong growth in population, housing and the economy.

With a multi million pounds investment for regeneration this will increase business and job opportunities. With such good employment opportunities and popular with commuters, 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 within certain industries.

Swindon is popular with shoppers due to the shopping malls with all the high street names, and retail parks and outlets as well as independent stores and quirky boutiques.

Swindon is home to several beautiful green spaces and parks such as Shaw Forest Park, Queen’s Park and Coate Water Country Park which offer some lovely surroundings and tranquil walks while you admire the wildlife or engage in outdoor pursuits.

There is a thriving cultural scene in Swindon with a choice of annual events and festivals in place throughout the year. Wyvern Theatre presents many wonderful events and shows and with several galleries and museums you will never be wondering what to do next.

Swindon is situated between the Cotswolds and the North Wessex Downs, both which are areas of outstanding natural beauty so there’s plenty of wonderful scenery, historic landmarks and picturesque villages waiting to be explored.

Much of Swindon’s magnetism lies in its harmonious blend of heritage and modernity which offers a high quality of life and diverse opportunities. With a rich industrial history, the town has transitioned into a thriving hub of technology, innovation and business. There is a strong sense of community here which creates a welcome and vibrant atmosphere in a town where history and progress co-exist, Swindon offers a unique and highly fulfilling lifestyle.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on March 27th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is The spacious and popular County Ground, SN1 2ED, a stadium that has been home to Swindon Football Club since 1896.

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