Programmes

The majority of SWLEP programmes are designed to support the Swindon and Wiltshire local infrastructure and generate economic growth - homes and jobs. This includes transport, science parks and unlocking land for homes or employment land. Some of our programmes are aimed at individuals residing within the SWLEP area and in particular those wanting to improve their employment skills regardless of age and prior experience.

 

Our programmes are funded by either by Central Government or European Funding, which is mainly secured through competitive bids. Programmes are primarily delivered by the local Unitary Authorities, Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council; revenue contracts are delivered by local partners. 

 

A summary of our current programmes:

 

The Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network -  is the local arm of the national Enterprise Adviser Network working to create powerful and lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in our LEP area. The Network invites inspiring Enterprise Advisers (EAs) volunteers drawn from businesses who work directly with the school's leadership team to develop effective employer engagement plans to equip young people with the skills they need to excel in education and life. The Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network is delivered by Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council on behalf of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership(SWLEP).

 

European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) - is the European Union's main funding programme for supporting growth and jobs. SWLEP's ESIF programme will invest to help businesses compete and grow, and improve people's skills and employment prospects. Our ESIF strategy was developed following an extensive period of consultation with over 15 partners in Swindon and Wiltshire during 2013-14. The strategy sets out how the £78 million investment would be used to create more than 1,500 jobs, help 2,500 businesses to innovate, compete and grow, and support over 9,000 people to progress in their career

 

The Enterprise Network (TEN) - is an initiative to boost small and start-up businesses across Swindon and Wiltshire offering them affordable offices at four Enterprise Centres (at Ludgershall near Tidworth, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury and Trowbridge, Tisbury and Satellite Centres). The initiative is  led by Wiltshire Council in partnership with Enterprise Wiltshire,Swindon Borough Council, Military Civilian Integration Partnership and 1st Artillery Brigade & South West (formerly 43 Wessex Brigade and Inspire by Wessex Chambers .

Growth Hub - is the gateway for growth for businesses looking to start, grow or realise their full potential. The programme offers businesses:

•Free business guidance online and on call
•Free access and advice from specialists in accounting and tax, administration and legislature, sales and marketing, innovation and business problem solving 
•Funding to accelerate business growth
 
Swindon and Wiltshire Higher Futures  -  is a skills brokerage service offered to local businesses looking to upskill their employees through a  bespoke training solution created in partnership with class leading providers.  The programme is delivered in partnership with  Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council.

Local Growth Fund - a series of capital investment projects funded by Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department of Communities and Local Government and aimed at unlocking local growth. The SWLEP was  awarded £169m in three local growth deals between 2014 and 2017.  

Growing Places Investment Fund (GPIF) - a repayable grant fund that invests in infrastructure projects to support development of specific schemes aimed at unlocking employment land and jobs.  

Please take a look at our programmes in more detail and should you require any further information please contact us at administration@swlep.co.uk