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ERDF research infrastructure call event >>

03 October 2017

Global competitiveness increases the need for businesses to research and develop new products and services, to increase their technological capabilities and to innovate processes.

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ERDF research infrastructure call event

ERDF research infrastructure call event >>

03 October 2017

Global competitiveness increases the need for businesses to research and develop new products and services, to increase their technological capabilities and to innovate processes.

Agenda and Board Papers 20 September 2017

Agenda and Board Papers 20 September 2017 >>

12 September 2017

The agenda and papers for the SWLEP Board Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, starting at 9.30am, are now available by clicking here. Anyone wishing to submit questions to the SWLEP Board should do so in writing five days prior to the meeting via email to administration@swlep.co.uk.

Venue for meeting:  Committee Room 6, Civic Offices, Swindon Borough Council, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH

 SWLEP announces new Board Members

SWLEP announces new Board Members >>

10 August 2017

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The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) has appointed five new members to its Board. The new members join the Board to support the SWLEP in driving economic growth and delivering on its ambitious Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) 2016-2026 to create wealth, jobs and new business opportunities in the area.

The new members are:

  • Col. Andrew Dawes, Joint Military Commander for UK operations across the South West and the Channel Islands- Standing Member

  • Air Cdre (Retd.) Doug Gale, MBE, Director Strategic Engagement (Air), QinetiQ plc

  • Alex Reed, Finance Director, Calalent Pharma Solutions

  • Mark Smith, Chief Executive Officer, WRc plc

  • Jonathan Webber, Chief Executive Officer, Callen Lenz Associates Limited

The new board members were recruited to broaden the scope of experience and expertise of the Board and to replace Members who were leaving due to changes in their circumstances.

Membership of the SWLEP Board is voluntary with its constitution allowing for up to 20 members of which a minimum of 70% have to come from the private sector.

The new members take up their roles on the Board with immediate effect.

SWLEP Annual Report 2017

SWLEP Annual Report 2017 >>

31 July 2017

The SWLEP Annual Report for 2017 is now ready to be viewed

Institute for Apprenticeships is looking for Route Panel Members

Institute for Apprenticeships is looking for Route Panel Members >>

25 July 2017

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The Institute for Apprenticeships launched on 1 April 2017 as an employer-led body ensuring high-quality apprenticeship standards and assessment plans in England. They are looking for people across fifteen occupational routes to join the Route Panels. Route Panel Members will form employer-led groups, helping to ensure the quality of apprenticeships. Route sectors include agriculture, business and admin, childcare and education, creative and design, catering and hospitality, construction, engineering and manufacture, health and science to name a few relevant to Defra.

 

The people on these groups will support the Institute’s commitment to be led by employers in the development and approval of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans. Deadline for applications is midday on Friday 4 August.

To apply or know more about the vacancy click here.

Agenda and Board papers for 19 July,  2017

Agenda and Board papers for 19 July, 2017 >>

12 July 2017

The agenda and papers for the SWLEP Board Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 19 July 2017, starting at 9.30am, are now available by clicking here. Anyone wishing to submit questions to the SWLEP Board should do so in writing five days prior to the meeting via email to administration@swlep.co.uk.

Venue for meeting:  Salisbury City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7TU on Wednesday, 19 July, 2017.

New  Work Wiltshire website launched

New Work Wiltshire website launched >>

12 July 2017

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  An all new Work Wiltshire website aimed at people including, employers, young people, parents/carers has been launched by  Wiltshire Council.  

 

New Work Wiltshire (www.workwiltshire.co.uk) will have vital employment and skills information all in one place. Along with young people it will also advise employers, those who are vulnerable, have complex needs or disabilities and people who require financial support.

 

The website is a result of engagement with partners including local schools, Carer Support Wiltshire and Community First to ensure the website provides the most up to date and relevant information for users.

 

The site will have generic information and links to other relevant websites and local support on 1:1 topics including:

 

  •        Young people’s next steps
  •        Apprenticeships
  •        Working in Wiltshire
  •         Information for employers
  •         Further and higher education
  •         Support for those with barriers to work
  •         Financial support
  •        Support for schools
  •        Programmes run by the Wiltshire Council’s Employment & Skills ServicePolicies and data
  •       Local projects

 

SWLEP launches £500,000 fund for  new workspaces in Swindon and Wiltshire

SWLEP launches £500,000 fund for new workspaces in Swindon and Wiltshire >>

10 July 2017

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Are you in the business of providing workspace and hot-desking facilities to start-ups and small businesses?  Would you be ready to grow your business by creating a new workspace facility for businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire? If yes, then the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) can help you with a grant.  

SWLEP fund for business workspaces

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership launches  a £ 500,000 fund to support the creation of new business   for start-ups and small businesses. The fund has been secured by the SWLEP from the European Regional Development Fund. (ERDF)

The SWLEP is seeking proposals from experienced and expert workspace providers to create one or more managed workspaces, with dedicated facilities for start-up and small businesses.

The need for workspace

The Swindon and Wiltshire area lacks suitable hot-desk, start-up and ‘grow-on’ workspace. Existing workspace centres are often full and tenants have difficulties finding appropriate new premises when they have outgrown incubator space. Workspace for start-ups and smaller businesses are not always commercially viable for many years, so this grant is looking to support the development and opening up of new facilities.

The open call to Business Workspace providers

If you are considering sending us your business proposal please include the below:

  • Show evidence of local demand and indicate the targeted tenant businesses by sector, size, type or other criteria based on the demand.
  • Describe how the form and function of the proposed workspace will improve prospects for tenant business growth. Suggestions would be to include how the building’s location, workspace layout, facilities and any other special features will support business growth.

  • Describe the quality of superfast broadband the workspace tenants will receive

  • Describe how any assistance offered to tenants will complement and not duplicate business support currently accessed through the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub

Make your application

To apply, go to gov.uk for information on how to make an application, deadlines and the overall application process.

The deadline for outline applications is Friday, 8 September 2017.

More from the open session on 19 July 2017

The SWLEP conducted an information session on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 to give interested businesses an insight into the grant and its application process. If you missed attending it please click here to download a copy of the presentation made at the session. 

Google's Digital Skills Workshop

Google's Digital Skills Workshop >>

27 June 2017

Date:  Tuesday,  25 July 2017

Time: 9:30 am - 1:45 pm

Venue: University Technology College, Bristol Street, Swindon. SN1 5ET

Lloyd's bank and Google are holding a free Digital Skills Workshop for SMEs and Charities to improve their Digital Skills. For further enquiries contact: -EllenTurner@Halifax.co.uk

To register and know more click here

SWLEP launches £1m GPIF loan for local business

SWLEP launches £1m GPIF loan for local business >>

22 June 2017

The SWLEP has  opened its call to the ‘Growing Places Infrastructure Fund (GPIF)’ to support infrastructure investment by local businesses. 

SWLEP Workshop- Developing international low carbon projects

SWLEP Workshop- Developing international low carbon projects >>

16 June 2017

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership would like to invite you to a workshop on Thursday, 29 June, 2017 on developing international low carbon projects.

South West Local Enterprise Partnerships set up Rural Productivity Commission

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

09 June 2017

The South West Rural Productivity Commission will gather evidence and look into issues affecting rural economic growth, productivity and prosperity. It has been established by four Local Enterprise Partnerships in south west England to ensure that their work and policies support rural economic growth. Evidence and experiences are invited from rural stakeholders and businesses.

SWLEP Breakfast @ South West Expo, Swindon

SWLEP Breakfast @ South West Expo, Swindon >>

07 June 2017

The SWLEP  breakfast @ the SW Expo, Swindon is back for the second year running. This year, close to 900 regional businesses are expected to attend the Expo with many of them beginning their day at our breakfast.  

Queen's Award for Enterprise 2017 announced

Queen's Award for Enterprise 2017 announced >>

23 May 2017

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise honouring outstanding contribution by UK businesses in the field of international trade, sustainable development, innovation and social mobility is now open to applications for its 2017 edition.  

Agenda and Board papers for 25 May 2017

Agenda and Board papers for 25 May 2017 >>

18 May 2017

Agenda and Board papers for 25 May 2017

SWLEP Board is recruiting

SWLEP Board is recruiting >>

17 May 2017

Board Member Recruitment 2017

Business Breakfasts with General Election Candidates

Business Breakfasts with General Election Candidates >>

16 May 2017

Business Breakfasts with General Election Candidates

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!

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.