Small businesses celebrate Swindon Day

By Nick Batten on 2 February, 2023

Last year on 22nd January, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) launched Swindon Day to mark the day Swindon’s Old and New Towns were joined by Queen Victoria. 

This year, the day has been an opportunity to highlight via social media the range of independent small businesses across the town. FSB was pleased to extend the impact of its social media activity on 22nd January by working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council’s business office and coworking space The Workshed. 

FSB hosted a networking event for small businesses in the town on 24th January, which included a fun Swindon-based quiz hosted by the author of the Born Again Swindonian blog Angela Atkinson. Angela is also the volunteer Area lead for FSB in Swindon. Attendees were reminded that not only was the Hogwart’s express built in the GWR Works, but that Swindon has played host to the cricketer WG Grace, Buffalo Bill and Guiseppe Garabaldi over the years.

Cutting the Swindon cake

To build on the Swindon theme, the proposed new Swindon flag was displayed by its creator Torin Clements who also brought along a Swindon-badged cake. The Right Honorable Sir Robert Buckland MP joined the event to kick off proceedings via Teams from Parliament. Quiz prizes were kindly donated by Keeran and Vaani Vetriko from Neitiv and Robert Hobbs from Four Friends Drinks, who make lemon-flavoured Napo. Mirabelle Stobbs from The Workshed also donated a pen carved from the floor of the Carriageworks.

As the largest trade association for small businesses in the UK FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services , support and a powerful voice in Government. However, it also works locally to promote and support Swindon businesses. 

Ruth Lambert, Development Manager with the FSB for Swindon and Wiltshire said, “Many small businesses are having a challenging time at the moment, so it was great to be able to offer an opportunity for people in the town to come together and celebrate all the good things Swindon has to offer. One of which is definitely the great range of small businesses working in and around the town.”

Pictured: (Top of page) The Swindon Day event on 24th January at The Workshed