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Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub Survey 2017 >>

21 April 2017

[Image 1] The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub provides small and medium businesses an avenue to access business support that would accelerate their growth and provide a strategic direction for their future. Support is provided online on the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub portal as the first point of call and for those who prefer to speak to an advisor a telephone service is also available. Some of the common areas of support include- accounting and tax, administration and legislature, sales and marketing, innovation and business problem solving and funding.  

 

An assessment of the business need or challenge is carried out by advisors on call and the business is signposted to the right provider for further support. During 2016/17, the Growth Hub supported 52 pre-starts, 49 start-ups, 537 existing businesses with business support services and a seminar programme and added 16.5 jobs to the economy. We recognise we can do a lot more to reach businesses with an enhanced service. The Growth Hub digital platform is currently being revamped to reflect the evolving needs of local businesses. In relation to this, we are collating views from businesses on the future changes they would like to see in the delivery of the Growth Hub service. The Growth Hub Survey takes approximately 3mins to complete and your views will go a long way to help the service improve. So please do take the survey!

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Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub Survey 2017

Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub Survey 2017 >>

21 April 2017

[Image 1] The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub provides small and medium businesses an avenue to access business support that would accelerate their growth and provide a strategic direction for their future. Support is provided online on the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub portal as the first point of call and for those who prefer to speak to an advisor a telephone service is also available. Some of the common areas of support include- accounting and tax, administration and legislature, sales and marketing, innovation and business problem solving and funding.  

 

An assessment of the business need or challenge is carried out by advisors on call and the business is signposted to the right provider for further support. During 2016/17, the Growth Hub supported 52 pre-starts, 49 start-ups, 537 existing businesses with business support services and a seminar programme and added 16.5 jobs to the economy. We recognise we can do a lot more to reach businesses with an enhanced service. The Growth Hub digital platform is currently being revamped to reflect the evolving needs of local businesses. In relation to this, we are collating views from businesses on the future changes they would like to see in the delivery of the Growth Hub service. The Growth Hub Survey takes approximately 3mins to complete and your views will go a long way to help the service improve. So please do take the survey!

South West Local Enterprise Partnerships set up Rural Productivity Commission

South West Local Enterprise Partnerships set up Rural Productivity Commission >>

19 April 2017

South West Local Enterprise Partnerships’ new Rural Productivity Commission seeks views from rural businesses.

 

The South West Rural Productivity Commission has been established as a partnership by four LEPs in the south west of England: The Heart of the South West (HotSW LEP), Dorset LEP, Swindon & Wiltshire (SWLEP), Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly (CIoS LEP) to explore the issues around rural productivity and growth.

 The open call for written evidence was launched last week with the deadline of 19 May, and for expressions of interest to take part one of a series of evidence hearings in June.

 These south west LEPs recognise the importance of rural growth, productivity and prosperity being tackled alongside urban growth, to ensure that improvements impact on all parts of the economy.

 The commission is set up to hear and review evidence from a range of sources and stakeholders, and aims to:

 -        Frame the south west response to the Industrial Strategy and forthcoming DEFRA 25 year plans for ‘food, farming and fisheries’ and ‘environment’

-        Draw out the opportunities for the south west and individual LEPs to drive rural productivity improvements

-        Understand the wider economic functioning between rural and urban to identify opportunities to drive growth across the whole area

-        Secure Government support for specific initiatives in the 2017 autumn statement

-        Influence national and local policies where appropriate to improve rural productivity

The commission will report to the chairs of the four LEPs that have committed to the process, and it will be chaired by David Fursdon, Chair of the SW Rural and Farming Network and supported by nominated representatives from each LEP area.

 The commission will collect and review evidence through the current call for written evidence by 19 May, followed by a series of evidence hearings in June across the four LEP areas (which will be open to the public and further announcements will be made on dates and venues) and a final report at the end of July.

Businesses and interested stakeholders can submit written evidence to the secretariat of the commission, Emma Buckman at: Emma.buckman@heartofswlep.co.uk by the 19 May.

 More information about the scope of the commission and key lines of enquiry can be found at the following website http://heartofswlep.co.uk/projects/south-west-local-enterprise-partnerships-new-rural-productivity-commission-seeks-views-rural-businesses/

 Those wishing to present evidence in person at the evidence hearings are asked to complete this short on-line expression of interest form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EOI-SWRural.

SWLEP submits consultation response to Industrial Strategy green paper

SWLEP submits consultation response to Industrial Strategy green paper >>

10 April 2017

The government released its green paper on Industrial Strategy on the 23 January, 2017 to seek feedback on its proposed approach to make the UK one of the best places in the world to innovate, do business and create jobs. [Image 1]
The SWLEP submitted its response to the Industrial Strategy consultation on 7 April 2017.  In addition, our response included six case studies highlighting where Swindon and Wiltshire can make the greatest contribution to delivering the vision of the Industrial Strategy.
To read  our response
click here

Making Business Greater- a Growth Hub event

Making Business Greater- a Growth Hub event >>

04 April 2017

Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub event for small business

The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub held its first event of the year ‘Making your Business Greater’ on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at Wellington Barn, Calne. The event was attended by close to 100 delegates from Swindon and Wiltshire’s small, medium and micro businesses seeking support to accelerate their future business plans.[Image 1]

The event was a great opportunity for local businesses to highlight challenges faced while doing business in the area and seek expert advice to resolve them. The issues that came to the fore include: sourcing qualified people for jobs, affordable office space to support expansion, lack of adequate communications infrastructure in rural areas, funding for future business growth and marketing support for small businesses. [Image 3]

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 The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub is part of the national network of Growth Hubs funded by central government to ensure business support is simple and easy to access for small business. In 2016 alone, the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub has reached close to 6,000 businesses locally catering to start-ups and small and medium businesses across all sectors particularly those demonstrating potential and having an honest appetite for higher growth.   

The main speaker at the event was Mark Miles, Managing Director, Render Media a local CGI and Virtual Reality Company, who gave the audience a roadmap of the company’s success despite facing challenges and how business support helped provide resolutions.                      [Image 2] 

The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub plans to organise a series of regular business events to continue to promote its agenda of business development among Swindon and Wiltshire’s many small businesses. If you missed the event but would like to get a sneak peek into the order of the day click on the links below:

Photos

Event video

Presentations

The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub can be accessed online on http://www.swindon.wiltshirebusinesshub.co.uk/ or businesses could call 01225 402096 to speak to a business advisor.

Agenda and Board papers for 22 March 2017

Agenda and Board papers for 22 March 2017 >>

14 March 2017

Agenda and Board papers for 22 March 2017

Making Business Greater- an event for SMEs

Making Business Greater- an event for SMEs >>

28 February 2017

Free event for small and medium businesses looking to grow.

SWLEP secures £28.1m local growth funding for key projects

SWLEP secures £28.1m local growth funding for key projects >>

23 February 2017

SWLEP secures £28.1m local growth funding for key projects

Higher Futures Insight Session - Sport leadership and management techniques for business

Higher Futures Insight Session - Sport leadership and management techniques for business >>

20 February 2017

Higher Futures Insight Session – Sport leadership and management techniques for business  

Entrepreneur's Exchange

Entrepreneur's Exchange >>

15 February 2017

Entrepreneurs Exchange is an initiative to support entrepreneurs right across the UK to grow their business  regionally, nationally, or internationally. Entrepreneurs Exchange is about entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs. On one day only, 2 March, in 10 locations across the UK, at 6pm, over 20 of the nation’s leading business founders are coming together to give free, real business advice to the next generation of the UK’s entrepreneurs.

Events are open to members of the public and are specifically aimed at those who have set up a business that they now wish to grow. Attendees will find out how established and successful entrepreneurs set up and grew their businesses, the challenges they have overcome to enable success, and the real advice they wish they had been given.

Entrepreneurs Exchange is collaboration between a group of the UK’s leading business founders, the government and HSBC.

 

To register for the event click here.

SWLEP hosts Rural Business Grants Event

SWLEP hosts Rural Business Grants Event >>

14 February 2017

Information session on £3.9m grants to rural business in Swindon and Wiltshire

Swindon & Wiltshire Women In Business Conference- 8th March, 2017

Swindon & Wiltshire Women In Business Conference- 8th March, 2017 >>

11 February 2017

Annual Conference for Women in Business 

Building our Industrial Strategy

Building our Industrial Strategy >>

03 February 2017

Give your views on the green paper on Industrial Strategy

Switch On to Swindon

Switch On to Swindon >>

03 February 2017

Swindon's own promotion initiative

£3.9m Rural Business Grants for Swindon and Wiltshire

£3.9m Rural Business Grants for Swindon and Wiltshire >>

26 January 2017

Rural Business Grants

Board meeting 25th January 2017- Agenda and Papers

Board meeting 25th January 2017- Agenda and Papers >>

18 January 2017

 Agenda and Papers for January 2017 Board meeting

 

 

Growth Deal three

Growth Deal three >>

16 December 2016

Update on the Local Growth Fund three allocation to the SWLEP

£5m fund for low carbon projects in Swindon and Wiltshire

£5m fund for low carbon projects in Swindon and Wiltshire >>

16 December 2016

 ESIF investment for low carbon projects in Swindon and Wiltshire businesses

Plans for a landmark museum and art gallery for Swindon are underway

Plans for a landmark museum and art gallery for Swindon are underway >>

15 December 2016

Plans for a landmark museum and art gallery for Swindon are underway

 

 

SWLEP floats tender for Digital Platform

SWLEP floats tender for Digital Platform >>

05 December 2016
SWLEP tender for Digital Platform
John Mortimer is SWLEP Board's new Chairman

John Mortimer is SWLEP Board's new Chairman >>

01 December 2016
John Mortimer appointed new Chairman of the SWLEP Board.
Agenda and Board papers for 24 November 2016

Agenda and Board papers for 24 November 2016 >>

17 November 2016
Agenda and Board pack for Board meeting in Committee Room 6, Civic Offices, Swindon Borough Council on Thursday, 24 November.
UK Government calls on a consortium from South West England and South East Wales to conduct Science and Innovation Audit

UK Government calls on a consortium from South West England and South East Wales to conduct Science and Innovation Audit >>

08 November 2016
UK Government calls on a consortium from South West England and South East Wales to conduct Science and Innovation Audit
SWLEP to fund redevelopment plans of  Corsham Mansion House into Digital Hub

SWLEP to fund redevelopment plans of Corsham Mansion House into Digital Hub >>

08 November 2016
SWLEP to fund redevelopment plans of Corsham Mansion House into Digital Hub
MOD sets up fund for SMEs to innovate

MOD sets up fund for SMEs to innovate >>

08 November 2016
Allocation of £800m defence innovation fund over 10 years
ESIF Update- November 2016

ESIF Update- November 2016 >>

08 November 2016
Since the EU referendum, the government has confirmed that EU-funded projects agreed prior to the formal date the UK leaves the EU will be honoured by the government.