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Have Your Say on University Level Skills Provision in Swindon and Wiltshire >>

03 January 2018

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) are inviting employers to have their say about University level courses in the area. 

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Have Your Say on University Level Skills Provision in Swindon and Wiltshire

Have Your Say on University Level Skills Provision in Swindon and Wiltshire >>

03 January 2018

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) are inviting employers to have their say about University level courses in the area. 

New Year Honours 2018 recognise Swindon & Wiltshire Arts Excellence

New Year Honours 2018 recognise Swindon & Wiltshire Arts Excellence >>

30 December 2017

Board Member Shahina Johnson has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year 2018 Honours list and will receive an MBE for Services for the Arts and Creative Industries in Swindon & Wiltshire at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in the Spring.

Are You a Small Business With a Big Heart?

Are You a Small Business With a Big Heart? >>

20 December 2017

The days when corporate social responsibility (CSR) was just the domain of large corporates has gone; more and more small businesses are aligning CSR practices into their business values and objectives. What does this mean though in practice? Quite simply it’s about a business taking responsibility and ‘giving back’ to the community, place and environment it operates in - in a positive and sustainable way. 

For the SME ‘embracing’ a CSR culture, apart from the wider societal benefits, there are many business benefits, for example: increased employee engagement and retention through the implementation of more equitable internal practices; better external relations through the support of community activities; improved operating costs through environmental measures and a more respected brand reputation in the marketplace.

There are many social enterprises based in Swindon and Wiltshire that offer competitive products and services to businesses, and using them as a supplier is a great CSR practice.

Minke Beviss, Development Manager runs Quench an interactive hub in Salisbury that empowers young adults to solve social issues through enterprise, they also provide co-working space and a café which is available to hire. Minke said “We have seen that social entrepreneurship is a powerful way of solving social and environmental issues whilst having a lasting impact and building up communities in a sustainable way. Therefore, our vision is for Wiltshire to be an inspirational county that’s known for its social enterprises, young leaders, exciting job opportunities and a thriving economy.”  

Another social enterprise operating in the area is Swindon day centre Phoenix Enterprises, it provides a place where adults experiencing mental health problems can feel included and receive one-to-one training.  The members provide a mail fulfilment and product assembly service to business in the area.

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise (SWLEP) is sponsoring the Wiltshire Business Awards ‘Corporate, social and Environmental Responsivity Business Award’ and looking for some real CSR business heroes to enter the Awards.  

The SWLEP’s Growth Hub Manager and Award Judge, Jo Minnaar said “There are some really great pockets of responsible business practices happening around Swindon and Wiltshire and we would encourage them to come forward and enter the Award.  The category is open to all types of business including start-ups, locally based charities and social enterprises.  We’ve also launched the CSR Hub on the relaunched Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub for these local heroes to promote the work they are doing”

For more information about the Awards visit the Growth Hub website

What does 2018 look like for Swindon and Wiltshire?

What does 2018 look like for Swindon and Wiltshire? >>

20 December 2017

As we develop a Local Industrial Strategy for Swindon and Wiltshire and the UK prepares to exit the European Union in 2019, 2018 is certainly set to be a year full of opportunities as we work together with local businesses, councils and the Government to continue to drive sustainable economic growth. So, what’s in store for the year ahead?

The SWLEP is continuing to support clean growth across Swindon and Wiltshire and has launched a £3.75m grant fund for low carbon projects as part of our EU funding programme. Two calls look to develop and introduce new low carbon energy products, services and technologies into the area. Our ERDF Technical Assistance team is holding an information session from 09:30 to 11:00 on 12th January 2018 at the Wiltshire Council’s Monkton Park offices in Chippenham. We have commissioned work to develop our approaches to higher education and the application of digital technologies, with reports due by April 2018.

A new science incubator and grow-on space for science and technology businesses will open at Porton Science Park near Salisbury. The first phase of this project was made possible through an investment of £10.1m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund and Wiltshire Council, secured by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).

We are continuing to invest in the development of our Growth Hub, the online community for businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire and the ‘go to’ gateway for impartial business support and advice. The Growth Hub also provides access to events, programmes and funding opportunities for start-up businesses, mature businesses and those looking to grow.

Businesses need appropriately skilled and competitive workforces to achieve their growth ambitions, our Higher Futures team provide a free, impartial skills brokerage service and will be further developing the partnerships they have in place with FE colleges and Universities. The apprenticeship levy represents an exciting opportunity to develop an even more diverse, skilled, qualified and sustainable workforce, including through Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

We will be rolling out a business-focused project, Better Business for All (BBfA). This Government initiative helps businesses improve their competitiveness and grow by working with local regulators to improve how regulatory services are delivered across Swindon and Wiltshire and save businesses time and money. 

Growth Hub Appoints New Manager

Growth Hub Appoints New Manager >>

19 December 2017

The recently relaunched Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub sees the appointment of Jo Minnaar as its Growth Hub Manager.

Jo has a background in B2B marketing, partner relations and project management working in both the private and public sector, plus like her father she ran an antiques import business for a couple of years.  Jo said “I would hope my career experiences qualify me to work with businesses to ensure that all information and opportunities out in the marketplace are available to them through the Growth Hub, whether they are starting up or growing a business.”

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In the past Jo worked closely with businesses on a 1:1 basis through her voluntary work as a SFEDI accredited Business Link marketing mentor, she also lead Wiltshire’s ‘Women in Rural Business’ (WiRE) group.  

Jo said “I am very aware of the challenges business face and how difficult it can be sometimes to source effective, impartial information, advice and support; the Growth Hub provides this plus networking, peer to peer learning and the opportunity to become part of the wider Wiltshire and Swindon Business Community. Working in partnership with other business support organisations to create an environment both online and off which will help stimulate growth and prosperity in the area.”

Supporting Low Carbon Energy Across Swindon and Wiltshire

Supporting Low Carbon Energy Across Swindon and Wiltshire >>

12 December 2017

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership welcomes the launch of a £3.75m grant fund for low carbon projects as part of its EU funding programme. Two calls look to develop and introduce new low carbon energy products, services and technologies into the area.

Swindon & Wiltshire European Programmes Event 2017

Swindon & Wiltshire European Programmes Event 2017 >>

11 December 2017

Thursday 30th November 2017 saw the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, hold its first EU-Programmes annual Event at Lackham House, Wiltshire. Organised by the ERDF Technical Assistance team, over 80 people attended to hear directly from the numerous projects that are successfully delivering the local ESIF programme.  

The event showcased the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub and delegates learnt about the diverse range of projects delivering a broad range of support to small and medium-sized businesses at different stages of their growth plans and across many sectors.

Innovate2Succeed introduced Rich Lloyd of Salisbury digital-business Blue Flame, who talked about his journey from junior coder, to fully fledged entrepreneur. And a presentation by the Porton Science Incubator and Life Sciences Hub projects showed the significant investment into the area’s innovation ecosystem.

Dave Potts, from Community First talked about the ground-breaking work of Building Bridges, the Big Lottery supported project that is promoting social inclusion and helping transform peoples’ lives across Swindon and Wiltshire. Throughout the morning, we heard invaluable insights into the achievements and the significance of European funding on the Swindon and Wiltshire economy.

The morning closed with sessions discussing hot topics including the Industrial Strategy white paper, as well as how business is planning its investment and trade in the lead-up to Brexit, particularly for manufacturing. Elsewhere, Emma Buckman went through the South West Rural Productivity Commission report, detailing the state of the rural economy and its fitness to tackle the Industrial Strategy’s four grand challenges.

Copies of the presentations can be found on the following link:

1.1 Porton Science Incubator - Scott Anderson (Wiltshire Council)

1.2 Health & Life Sciences Hub - Kate Philipps (West of England Academic Health Science Network)

2. Building Bridges - Dave Potts (Community First)

3. Skills Support for the Workforce - Rob Matts (Serco)

4. European Funding Programme - Julian Head (Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership)

5. Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub - Ian Durston (Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership)

6. SME Growth - Rachel Finlay (Wiltshire Council)

7. Local Manufacturing Advisory Project - Nigel Jones (South West Manufacturing Advisory Service)

8. Innovate2Succeed - David Riddell (Business West) and Rich Lloyd (Blue Flame)

9. Our Emerging Local Industrial Strategy - Paddy Bradley (Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership)

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Industrial Strategy Opportunities for Swindon & Wiltshire

Industrial Strategy Opportunities for Swindon & Wiltshire >>

04 December 2017

The Government’s Industrial Strategy white paper sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. Local Enterprise Partnerships have been tasked with leading the development of Local Industrial Strategies.

Paddy Bradley Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:

“The Industrial Strategy focuses on improving infrastructure, developing skills and creating a supportive environment in which businesses can flourish. The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP embraces and supports this.”

“Swindon and Wiltshire is home to world-leading sectors including life sciences, low carbon energy technologies including hydrogen, advanced engineering in aerospace & robotics, innovation in science & defence technologies and cyber security.” 

“Our five strategic economic objectives: skills and talent; transport infrastructure; digital capability; place shaping; and business development closely align with the foundations of productivity of the Industrial Strategy.”

“We are committed to working in partnership with the Government to deliver the Industrial Strategy, developing our world-leading sectors to promote growth and investment, drive productivity improvements and address skills shortages.”

“We are pleased that the Industrial Strategy affirms the Government’s commitment to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Growth Hubs and the important role they play in delivering business support in the local economy.”

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Job Vacancy: Head of Investment and Export

Job Vacancy: Head of Investment and Export >>

27 November 2017

We're recruiting for a Head of Investment and Export based at Monkton Park, Chippenham.

This role is part of a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The Head of Investment and Export will be responsible for supporting the delivery of the SWLEP’s business development strategic objective through:

  • Strategic engagement with national Government agencies and their international representatives to promote Swindon and Wiltshire as an attractive location for internationally mobile investment projects
  • Promoting exporting activity through engagement with the Export team of the Department of International Trade (DIT) and public- and private-funded export support programmes; and
  • Securing and managing the delivery of SWLEP investment funds to businesses located within Swindon and Wiltshire including the Growing Places Infrastructure Fund

Salary: £57,961 - £63,898
Date Closes: 22/12/2017
Location: Chippenham

About you

You will be educated to degree and postgraduate level or equivalent or able to demonstrate relevant experience, preferably in the private sector.

You will have experience of leading high performing teams within the inward investment field and of managing funding programmes. You will be a qualified Prince2 /MSP Practitioner and possess strong project and programme management skills with an extensive demonstrable track record of bringing complex policy projects/programmes to the market.

You will be able to work with people and stakeholders from different organisations and have a good understanding of business, Local Economic Partnerships, local government, central government or similar quasi-government bodies.

To Apply

Apply by sending a CV and cover letter to the following link: 

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Agenda and Board Papers 24 January 2018

Agenda and Board Papers 24 January 2018 >>

21 November 2017

The agenda and papers for the SWLEP Board Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 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

Venue for meeting:  Committee Rooms, Wiltshire Council offices, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER

SWLEP 2017 Annual Conference Review

SWLEP 2017 Annual Conference Review >>

14 November 2017

“Swindon and Wiltshire is the home of British innovation and science”, words from our Chairman John Mortimer as he addressed over 150 business leaders and partners at our inaugural Annual Conference at Alexandra House, Swindon on Thursday 5th October 2017. [Image 1]

Our conference opened with presentations from Chippenham based business DYMAG Performance Wheels and Devizes’ based Latchways, just two of the businesses which have directly benefitted from and experienced significant growth as a result of support from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).

We launched our 2017 Annual Report and took a ‘rear view mirror’ look over the last year, celebrating some of our successes of our business-led partnership, including:

  • The completion of our road infrastructure work in Malmesbury, supporting the expansion of high-value; highly-skilled engineering jobs at Dyson;
  • Delivery of the Greenbridge Roundabout as part of our investment in the New Eastern Villages development near Swindon;
  • Journey times along the A350 at Chippenham have been improved through a section of the Chippenham bypass being converted into a dual carriageway

There was lively Q&A Panel sessions with delegates asking questions of board members and partners about our strategic objectives, the most topical being Skills & Talent and Digital Capability. Wiltshire College principal Amanda Burnside acknowledged “huge issues in terms of skills” and the need to “grow our own” talent.

The conference culminated with the launch of a new website for the Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub. Since its launch in 2014, the hub has supported 537 existing businesses, 49 start-ups, and 52 pre-start-ups. Unveiling the new state of the art intelligent and interactive site, SWLEP’s Programme Manager Ian Durston described the Growth Hub as “a gateway to business support, and a place where people can get information about running a business.” Our Annual Conference concluded with a networking lunch and partners exhibition.

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Here’s what some of the delegates said that attended our conference:

“Great Event! Positive to hear all the things taking place in Swindon & Wiltshire”

“Inspiring to know how much resource LEP draw to our region!”

“Great conference, well done. Interesting reports and lovely lunch”

We are always keen to hear the voice of local businesses in taking forward the work we do. To get involved and play your part in growing our local economy, please email us  

European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) 2017 Conference

European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) 2017 Conference >>

13 November 2017

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership is holding its European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) event for 2017. We will host this on the morning of Thursday 30th November at Lackham House, Chippenham in Wiltshire. 

Everyone is welcome to this public event to find out more about the European funding programme and the projects which are delivering change and helping to transform the area’s businesses and workforce.

At the event we will showcase some of the important investments in people and businesses made in our area from the 2014 - 2020 programmes to date. The event will provide insights and opportunities to hear from:

  • A range of projects that support local businesses and contribute to growth of innovative sectors and businesses in the area
  • Projects targeted to upskill local workforces, help people find work and promote social inclusion for people who have difficulties to get into employment
  • And hear from the new Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub, its offer to businesses and how it links to European Regional Development Fund projects.

We will also be tackling pressing topics such as future funding, the emergent Industrial Strategy in Swindon and Wiltshire, and current challenges to local sectors.

The morning event will run from 9.30am to include talks, seminars and project presentations and we will end with a networking lunch served from 12.30pm. 

Please follow the RSVP to confirm your attendance.

The event is produced by the Swindon and Wiltshire Technical Assistance project team.

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Fuelling International Relations

Fuelling International Relations >>

30 October 2017

Delegation from the China EV100 forum visited Swindon to see for themselves the opportunities for creating links for trade, investment, research and innovation.

South Western Railway Strike

South Western Railway Strike >>

30 October 2017

Industrial action planned by RMT union members working for South Western Railway 8 and 9 November 2017.

Could you be the South West FSB Small Business of the Year 2018?

Could you be the South West FSB Small Business of the Year 2018? >>

26 October 2017

The South West awards final will be held at Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton on 20th February 2018.

Development Opportunity for Managers in Swindon & Wiltshire

Development Opportunity for Managers in Swindon & Wiltshire >>

25 October 2017

Meeting the UK's £84 billion productivity challenge - Development opportunity for new managers in Swindon & Wiltshire

Ann Francke of the Chartered Management Institute recently reported that the "UK has a productivity problem, and under-qualified leaders are partly to blame."  This issue is costing the UK economy £84bn per year.

Jo Mills, Employer & Skills Broker at The Higher Futures Hub said:

"We are working closely with businesses to develop the leadership and management skills of the workforce in Swindon and Wiltshire. Strong leadership skills are needed at all levels of an organisation, not just at the very top - well trained managers can increase the productivity of an organisation significantly."

Higher Futures, in partnership with the University of South Wales, will be delivering an 8 day ILM accredited level 4 certificate in leadership and management. This programme starting on 27 November, compromises of Project Management, Leadership, Finance, Sales and Marketing  modules; providing managers with the tools they need to succeed.

This 8-day “Manager’s Toolkit” programme will equip managers with the tools they need to tackle leadership challenges they face in their roles. The programme will be experiential in nature and highly participative.  Delivered in four modules of two days each, it will develop skills across a range of disciplines, expanding knowledge and behaviours to support managers in effectively delivering their business strategy.

For more information about the programme click here or contact Jo directly on 07771 815706.

Regeneris Commissioned to Produce New Local Economic Assessment

Regeneris Commissioned to Produce New Local Economic Assessment >>

23 October 2017

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has commissioned Regeneris to partner with us and our stakeholders to deliver a new Local Economic Assessment (LEA). The research is expected to conclude in early 2018.

Further information is available at: 

South West Rural Productivity Commission Publishes Findings

South West Rural Productivity Commission Publishes Findings >>

18 October 2017

Digital connectivity must be the priority for all rural areas as part of vital infrastructure to underpin growth. This is just one of the many important findings from the work of the South West Rural Productivity Commission.

The South West Rural Productivity Commission was set up to hear and review evidence from a range of sources and stakeholders to frame the south west responses to the Industrial Strategy. The commission collected evidence through an open call for written evidence from April to June, followed by five formal evidence hearings across four Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas: Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, Dorset, Heart of the South West and Swindon & Wiltshire.

The commission found huge potential for economic growth if key opportunities are seized and challenges addressed. This new report shows examples of tangible projects that will deliver benefits throughout the community. 

The commission has looked at what sectors are involved, what opportunities there are for growth -  and what barriers are faced – including issues around housing, jobs, transport, skills and demographics.

The most important themes that emerged from the commission’s work are:

  • Digital connectivity presents a game changing opportunity but without further urgent action businesses and communities will become left behind
  • Smart technologies have the potential to create solutions to many of the challenges faced by rural areas and the development of an innovation platform on a regional scale has the ability to create higher value jobs
  • The rural SW hardworking and entrepreneurial culture, coupled with its stunning natural environment, with the right support, can become a hothouse of enterprise
  • Our agri-food-tourism economy is a strength upon which we can build globally recognised propositions as THE place to start, build and grow a food business
  • There are genuine concerns that our rural communities are spiralling downwards towards ‘fossilised retirement villages’ unless Government and local leaders take prompt action. Local and national policy must move away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach that fail to recognise that rural areas are different.
  • Brexit has the potential to shake the foundations of our rural economy – providing either a much needed boost or sudden economic shock. Now is the time for action if we are to reap the benefits in line with the commission’s recommendations.

The panel included:

  • David Fursdon (Chair) – David runs a rural business in Mid-Devon and was previously a partner in a SW rural firm as a rural surveyor. He also chairs Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd and the SW Rural and Farming Network and serves on the Board of the National Trust and the Duchy of Cornwall rural committee. Other previous relevant roles include President of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA); Commissioner of the Crown Estate; English Heritage and Affordable Rural Housing Commission, Chair of SW Board for 2012 Olympics, chair of Future of Farming review and Member SWRDA Board.
  • Catherine Mead DL (Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) – Catherine is the CEO of Lynher Dairies Ltd, makers of Cornish Yarg.  Since joining the company 20 years ago, Catherine developed the business exponentially and 10 years ago acquired full ownership.  The business now exports all over the world and was awarded Regional Manufacturing Company of the Year in 2015 and Catherine was awarded the Women in business Award in 2011.  Prior to this, Catherine was a director of a London based advertising agency, with clients including the Home Office, Department of Transport and Department of Health.  She is Chair of Jamie Oliver’s 15 Cornwall, a Trustee of the Duke of Cornwall’s Benevolent Fund and Vice Chair of the Specialist Cheese Makers Association.
  • Luke Rake (Dorset) – Luke is the principal and Chief Executive of Kingston Maurward college (a specialist land based college). An Oxford educated zoologist, Luke’s career has held roles in both schools and colleges including 10 years as vice principal of Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.  Luke sits on the National Data Management Advisory Board for Further Education working with senior partners in Government bodies and until gaining his position at Kingston Maurward college was the senior convenor of the Landex National Curriculum Group.  In his spare time, Luke enjoys the great outdoors and was previously a member and training officer for the Longdown Mountain Rescue Team based on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.
  • Sarah Bryan (Heart of the South West) – Sarah is the Chief Executive of Exmoor National Park, responsible for overseeing the work of the National Park Authority, which exists to; conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of Exmoor, and promote opportunities for people to understand and enjoy its special qualities. Sarah has a degree in Environmental Science, a second degree in Landscape Design and is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute. She was brought up in Cornwall, loves the south west and has been involved in the development of policy and management of protected landscapes for over twenty years
  • Paul Redmore (Swindon and Wiltshire) – Paul is currently the Farm Manager of the Neston Park Estate, a 600Ha mixed organic estate, with various rural commercial ventures including farm shop, restaurant, cheese/ice cream production, joinery and film sets!  Paul studied Agriculture at Seale Hayne Agricultural College and then worked on farms in Canada, New Zealand and Australia before returning to the UK.  He has worked on various farms and Estates across the South of England, including 6 years as Bicton College Farm Manager, where he also sat on the college Governing body.  He has sat on the Board of Directors of Organic Seed Producers Ltd and Organic Arable Marketing Group Ltd for 2 years. Paul has a strong interest in integrating new technologies into farming systems, practical on-farm research, rural start-ups and education and training young people for the rural economy.

Rural Definition:

  • The ‘spirit’ of the enquiry was to explore ‘rural’ in its broadest sense to understand how the economy is functioning outside of the ‘principal urban areas’ of the region. We expect evidence to be qualitative and quantitative in nature and for partners to submit any evidence that they believe is pertinent to the enquiry. Should it be necessary to interrogate national data sources (e.g. ONS), the commission will use the ONS rural urban classification, which defines areas as rural if they are outside settlements with more than 10,000 resident population. More information about the rural-urban classification can be found here:
  • However, we also recognise that rural/urban data is not always available at this small geographical scale and sometimes it is necessary to use the rural/urban local authority classification, which also considers some urban areas as Hub towns (with populations of between 10,000 and 30,000). These Hub towns have met statistical criteria to be considered hubs for services and businesses for a wider rural hinterland and their populations are therefore classified as effectively rural for the purposes of local authority classification.

You can download the reports below:

SW Rural Commission Report

SW Rural Report Evidence

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.

 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

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 ( 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 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.