IT HAS been a tough year for most companies across the country.

After being in and out of lockdown for nearly a year it's no wonder that many businesses have been forced to make the heartbreaking decision to close their doors for good.

However, it's crucial to see the silver lining in even the worst of situations. 

With so much time on our hands over lockdown it's been the ample opportunity to start making those dream business plans a reality. 

Here are 5 businesses on the market right now in and around Swindon:

Stanton House Hotel, SN6


Swindon Advertiser:

If you're a small hotelier looking to branch out, or you've got big plans to run your dream hotel then this could be ideal. 

This enormous 48-bedroom country house hotel set within 11 acres just outside of Swindon is currently on the market for £4.95million.

Beautifully presented throughout the thriving business turned over £2,229,970 at year end in 2019. 

The property boasts a bar and restaurant as well as a range of amenities which the new owners could really put their stamp on.

If you're interest in this venture visit Rightmove.

Cricklade Road, SN2


Swindon Advertiser:

Described as an 'ideal investment opportunity' this 1,600 square foot unit is now on the market. 

The shop is currently being used as a hairdressers which has a six year lease agreement in place - the hairdressing business is not for sale.

There is also a beauty salon to the first floor with a toilet and shower cubicle. 

The property also benefits from a large rear garden plus a storage area / workshop.

Find out more on Rightmove.

The Vale of the White Horse Inn, Minety


Swindon Advertiser:

It's always sad to see a pub change hands, as they play such prominent roles in our communities.

But if you've ever fancied yourself as a pub landlord then perhaps now is your chance with this freehold pub on Station Road in Minety.

The property is situated in grounds over an acre, with plenty of development potential - there is planning permission for 10 en suite letting rooms over two levels as well as a terrace of four, three-bedroom houses. 

The pub itself has a large roof terrace garden, function room plus bar, restaurant and commercial kitchen. 

If you're interested in this property head over to Rightmove. 

Kingsbury Street, Marlborough


Swindon Advertiser:

Do you dream of opening up your own highstreet shop?

This prime opportunity is just moments from Marlborough High Street and benefits from retail areas on the ground and lower ground floors.

It also has rear access and a courtyard to the rear which is currently being used for selling garden items.

If you're interested in this Grade II listed property then visit Rightmove.

Auto Engine Tune - SN2


Swindon Advertiser:

Auto Engine Tune is a well-established Garage and Mot Centre with a great reputation amongst residents and reviewers online.

Described as a superb opportunity to take on a high turnover local business, Auto Engine Tune is not short of customers for the next prospective vendor.

There has been a garage on this site for over 50 years and the current owners have run the successful business for 14 years and are leaving it in a ‘turnkey’ state.

The business is now being sold albeit reluctantly and with heavy hearts as the current vendors take their well-earned retirement.

Find out more on Rightmove.