Building upon the existing economic infrastructure of the region is also central to our plans. We believe that Swindon and Wiltshire must have a stable and certain infrastructure in order to attract and retain businesses.
Our pivotal central southern location with geographic proximity to major economic centres including London, key airports, and coastal ports is attractive to many businesses.
Strong rail links to the rest of the UK are also key to the region's infrastructure and embedded in the history of the region. Work is complete on redoubling the rail link between Kemble and Swindon, and we want to build on this long-awaited project.
Work is underway to improve access to broadband across Swindon and Wiltshire.
Through the Wiltshire Online programme we aim to connect 91% of premises to superfast broadband. The Swindon Superfast Broadband programme aims to improve current coverage (>24mbps) 80% to 99.5% by June 2016. In early 2013, it was also announced that £35 million was being invested in improving broadband speeds across the county. Government and European funding has also been secured in order to help build a network of new business incubation centres across the county - perfect for start up businesses.
The fact that Dyson, Dolby and Knorr-Bremse have chosen to make the rural towns of Malmesbury, Royal Wootton Bassett and Melksham their homes, is also testament to the infrastructure on offer in Swindon and Wiltshire.