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HPH hosts Wiltshire Economic Forum


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The Wiltshire Economic Forum took place at HPH-owned Bewley House in Chippenham – a sustainable, refurbished office building in the town centre - on Friday the 28th of September.

Over 100 representatives of employers and investors in Wiltshire attended the event, which featured panel discussions and debate from some of the key movers and shakers in business and politics in the county.

The Forum focused on issues such as the state of play in regards to the Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the role of large businesses in fostering support for smaller businesses and start-ups, energy efficiency in commercial buildings, and other hot topics affecting businesses and investment in the county.

Neil Tague, Editor for Insider Media said, “Some might be surprised to learn that Wiltshire is home to more of the businesses in the Insider Top 500 South West Companies than any other sub-region of the South West, but the facts are there in black and white – this is a highly successful business destination.”

“Major corporate names choose it for location, a highly skilled workforce and access to both north-south and east-west routes, while the lifestyle offer is also a draw.”
Speakers at the event included; Paul Johnson, Chair of Swindon and Wiltshire LEP; Wayne Locke, Director of Ashtenne; Jane Scott OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council; Lindsay Holdoway, Managing Director of HPH Commercial Property and Paul Freeston, Chief Executive of Appetito.

Lindsay Holdoway said, “We were delighted to welcome some of the most influential people in business in Wiltshire to the Forum on 28th September for an informative discussion on the business climate in Wiltshire, and how we can all play a part in supporting the growth of commercial enterprises in the region.”

“The event also gave us a great opportunity to show off our modern and efficient office building in the centre of Chippenham, close to the station with direct links to Bristol and London. The excellent transport links in this part of Wiltshire was a topic raised by some of our speakers who have chosen to do business here.”

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