Swindon Business Connector

About Thomas Craigie

Hello Swindon!

I have worked in our lovely historical town for almost 16 years and happily living in Redhouse (just finished moving in).  I love Swindon, it has a mix of just about anything you could ask for and has incredible potential to prosper on the sort of scale last witnessed during the days of Brunel.  So why go into the role of Business Connector you ask?

As a civil servant (from where I am seconded) we are responsible for serving the government of the day and making decisions which have a real impact on people's lives, day in, day out.  The problem we experience, is we by and large sit in an office and don't necessarily appreciate the impact we have on society.  For me, being a Business Connector is a chance to get on the ground, into the communities we serve and meeting the groups, businesses and organisations which feel the impact of our decisions.

I have a great amount of pride and affection for Swindon and nothing epitomises that better than the incredible work so many community and voluntary groups do on a daily basis, often without thanks and recognition.  Any opportunity I can create, to help foster the relationship between the voluntary and business sectors is one I want to seize and use people to show just how great Swindon is.  You don't need to be a celebrity to make a difference nor do you need people to constantly pat you on the back.  A simple smile or thank you is all you need to know you've done a good job.  If I reach the end of my secondment having done just that, I'll be a very happy person.

I myself have been seconded from the Civil Service, married to my lovely (American) wife Abby and hoping to start a family of our own in the near future.

We really enjoy walking and exploring the Wiltshire countryside (what's better than Coate Water in the summer?) and do try to be healthy where we can, though our kitchen cupboards may not always reflect this.  I am also a trained pilot and while I do need to revalidate my licence, if ever the question "does anyone know how to fly a plane?" should be asked, then yes I do!

So what do I want to achieve with Business in the Community?  It's almost an impossible question, because you want to wave a magic wand and help everyone - there are so many charities and voluntary groups deserving of our time and help, so I will do everything I can.  I am open to every possibility and organisation in Swindon, there's nobody I don't want to talk to.  So please find me on here, on Twitter or Facebook and let's see what we can do.  My personal motto for this role is '12 months to make a difference'.  So ask yourselves - what can YOU do in 12 months?  No matter how big or small, set yourselves that challenge and let's make it happen.  

thomas.craigie@bitcconnect.org

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9 weeks 18 hours ago
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What a lovely week it's been - summer feels as though it has finally arrived, if only for a quick shower of rain yesterday.

As we march into the middle of the calendar year, I've decided to dedicate this week's post to the...

12 weeks 17 hours ago
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I end this week with a little blog which comes at the end of a mixed week.  We began the week with the terrible incident in Manchester in which 22 people sadly lost their lives and yet, one which has done so much to foster a greater sense of...

15 weeks 17 hours ago
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Well if anyone had told me one month ago that I'd be on the road looking for a forklift truck, a double decker bus and would have the pleasure of meeting the former Olympian Roger Black, I don't think I would have believed them.  But...

1 year 4 weeks ago
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And here we are already - 365 days exactly to that first morning looking blankly at a laptop and thinking right Mr Browne, it's time for you to show yourself what you can do.

And quite a journey it has been so here are my final...

1 year 4 weeks ago
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The last of my seven days series before it is finally time to say goodbye is on the subject of food poverty which touches education in every sense of the word

 

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1 year 5 weeks ago
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Young people find the process of recruitment a mysterious maze, labyrinth of procedures, customs and practice, with the key to the door held by just a privileged few adults.  No-one quite knows why it needs to be so mysterious and this blog...

1 year 5 weeks ago
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Today's micro blog is all about how we can unite in business to proper together and you can read it here;

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1 year 5 weeks ago
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Today's T-5 microblog is all about developing independence

 

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1 year 5 weeks ago
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Six days left of this incredible year and here is the second of seven microblogs on how we can make Swindon even more fantastic - investing in our young people and INSPIRE, HIRE and GROW

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1 year 6 weeks ago
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As my time as Business Connector for Swindon hurtles towards an end, I've set myself a challenge to do seven days of microblogging - 7 days and 7 ways to help Swindon prosper.  And here is Day 1.

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by thomas.craigie
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1 year 4 weeks ago
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1 year 5 weeks ago
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1 year 5 weeks ago
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1 year 5 weeks ago
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About Swindon

Swindon is the fastest growing town on the M4 corridor with over 200k citizens and second only to Cambridge in terms of innovation

Ian Browne was the first business connector for Swindon between July 2015-July 2016.

Lucy Sheppard followed on from Ian as second business connector for Swindon between September 2016 - Feb 2017

In March 2017, Thomas Craigie started as the third Business Connector for Swindon and will be in post up to March 2018

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