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Swindon sets out its stall at Engineering Show

Swindon is promoting itself as a prime location for engineering businesses – especially in the fields of low carbon and hydrogen technology – this week.

Forward Swindon – the council-funded body charged with attracting inward investment to the town – is at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC Birmingham.

Swindon is pushing its status as a strong relocation option for engineering, manufacturing and other technology businesses looking to move or expand, especially because of the existing expertise, and the reasonable costs to establish.

Phil Young, director of investment at Forward Swindon said: “We’re showcasing the town and pointing out that we have a highly successful engineering industry in Swindon – and one of the most productive and skilled workforces in the Country.

And he said the personal service provided by Forward Swindon may give the town the edge over larger rivals.

“After 18 months of running the investment service at Forward Swindon, I know that people who are looking to move their business have lots of choice. But some of the larger, less competitive centres at the show may not be able to offer such a bespoke personal service as we can, and this is where we feel we have the edge.”

The Swindon UK stand is located in the low carbon vehicles area of the show.

Swindon is a leader in hydrogen fuel technologies, with the UK’s first open-access hydrogen re-fuelling station and a local authority economic strategy that endorses the development of hydrogen applications throughout the borough, both in commercial and domestic use.