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Meeting the challenges of growth
As your business grows, different problems and opportunities demand different solutions.
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Strategic planning for growth
Creating a strategic plan is a key component of planning for growth. It will help prepare a realistic vision for the future of your business and maxim...
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Preparing Your Organisation For Growth
Companies that address their organizational weaknesses as they implement growth strategies give themselves an advantage.
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Carrying Out a SWOT Analysis
This factsheet explains the benefits of carrying out a SWOT analysis and provides an overview of the analysis process. It lists a series of useful que...
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Marketing: Profiling a Target Audience
Do you know who your customers are and their needs?
Support for businesses during the energy crisis
Find help for your business
Get set for ‘Doing Business Brilliantly’ on 6th October
Find out more about the annual conference 'Doing Business Brilliantly' happening soon.
Are you supporting a young person who is interested in starting their own busine...
Business Grants for Young People in Wiltshire and Swindon - Open for Applications
Kickstart Case Studies
Two case studies from local Kickstarters who have recently been employed.
Apprenticeship Coffee and Chat
Tuesday 5th April https://hopin.com/events/swlep-growth-hub-skills-informal-all-things-apprenticeships-coffee-and-chat-networking-171dc276-831e-46f5-...
The Modern Sales Environment: Create, Commit, Close
Linked to his three-part webinar mini-series Jamie Martin will take you on a journey in making you and your business aware to your future customers an...
How your business can make a positive impact by doing less bad and more good
Sustainability is being talked about as “the latest trend” - but it is more than a fad. For some time it has been a strategic business imperative, and...
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Apprenticeship Employer Case Study - Tim Burghes
We explore the advantages of taking on an apprentice with Digital Marketing Manager Tim Burghes.
Apprenticeship Case Study - Amy Wetherill
As a former A Level school leaver, I had no idea how to start on a career path. After completing further research regarding Apprenticeships, I realise...
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Apprenticeship Case Study- Sarah Pearce
With real life experience truly reinforcing the learning aspect of the role, I find myself being sincerely supported from all aspects, whilst pushing ...
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5 top tips for small businesses
Our friends at the Business Support Helpline have put together 5 top tips for supporting businesses.
Success Without Sacrifice
Lindsey Burden, an intuitive business coach based in Salisbury, shares her insights into why you need to consider your future business goals before ma...
COP26: How green shipping could impact your business
While the dust still settles on COP26, business are attempting to digest what the conference means for them. After two weeks of speeches, negotiations...
COP26: What the conference means for carbon emissions measurement
In a bid to make the UK the first “net zero aligned global financial centre”, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced at COP26 that, by 2023, British financi...
The Post Lockdown Skills Gap
In a new, post lockdown reality can we expect a ‘return to normal’ when all evidence points to a widening skills gap and faltering productivity?
Getting onboard with offsetting
Carbon offsetting is sometimes wrongly viewed as a panacea for companies looking to lower their carbon footprint and boost their environmental sustain...
My Kickstart Experience
An overview and personal point of view into the Kickstart scheme, giving a narrative of what the skills and knowledge I personally developed during th...
Is your business ready for 2022?
As businesses become more conscious of their digital footprint – let’s look at the top 5 marketing trends and predictions for 2022
How your business can join the EV revolution
One technology with huge potential to drive the green revolution is electric vehicles (EVs). That said, in the past, cost and limited charging infrast...
The Buyer Journey: How and Why It’s Crucial To Your Business
HubSpot summarizes this perfectly: “The buyer’s journey is the active research process a buyer goes through leading up to a purchase.”
Customer Persona: Why It's Important
Customer personas should drive all of your marketing efforts.
What can businesses expect from COP26?
With COP26 fast approaching, we take a look at three of the conference’s main talking points – transport, energy, and nature – to understand what your...
Gained skills whilst working in the Retail Environment
Skills gained whilst facing a range of experiences within the retail environment
Inside the world of hospitality
A deeper look into what life is like for those within the hospitality industry.
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Don’t underestimate the power of really good content
Have you got content in your marketing strategy or are you missing a trick?
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How to build your best brand story
A compelling and memorable brand story requires creative exploration into what you stand for, the narrative you wish to communicate and the way in whi...
GH Webinar
Beyond furlough: the future for your business
Consider your (many) options. Plan ahead. Don't assume the worse. Kathryn Roynon, HR Director outlines the many positive options for your busines...
GH Webinar
Learn the power of LinkedIn
Join James Potter where he explores the world of LinkedIn and how to use it to your advantage across two brand new Growth Hub Webinars.
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Why you should have a People Strategy
Kiki Kirby, HR expert and business consultant and coach, outlines some key actions to make effective changes to help get the best out of the people in...
GH Webinar
Why better health means better business
When we talk about wellbeing at work, what do we really mean and does it really make businesses more profitable? If it does, how do we know? Rosie R...
GH Webinar
Business Loan Approval – What You Need to Know
SWIG Finance shares the crucial information you need to know before getting a business loan, ahead of their Growth Hub Webinar, 'Business Loan Approva...
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Leadership lessons from a turnaround - by Bill Alexander
Bill shares his seven key areas to ensure that your business moves forward in the right direction. These were covered in his webinar which can be vie...
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Business Sustainability: The Essentials
Sustainability is a business approach to creating long-term value by taking into consideration how a given organisation operates in the ecological, so...
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Going Digital
Kate Doodson shares the lessons she's learnt and why she think going digital is still the number one business issue for 2021.
Exporting to the EU – who does what?
This article summarises a case study of a UK business exporting to an EU country. The business wanted to know: • Do we need to charge VAT? • Do w...
EU Transition – guidance for professional and business services
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
EU Transition – actions for retail
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
EU Transition – actions for the aerospace sector
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
EU Transition – actions for the electronics and machinery sector
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
EU Transition – actions for the metals and materials sector
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
EU Transition – Actions for the automotive sector
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
EU Transition – actions for the life sciences sector
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
EU Transition – actions for the construction sector
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
EU Transition – actions for the chemicals sector
A range of new advice and guidance is available from Government following the end of the EU transition period. This article lists the key sources of a...
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Getting into Gear for business success
The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub are delighted that Bill has agreed to present a series of webinars which have been designed to talk through some ...
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EU Exit: Guidance for Businesses
Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring. Read this guide first and explore...
GH Webinar
The secret to crowdfunding
Anthony has given us an insight into his new Webinar mini-series, where he will be discussing all things crowdfunding - a funding source which now fun...
GH Webinar
Your Business from a financial perspective – Where do you start? How do you fini...
Purple Lime Accountancy gives us an introduction to their brand new six-part Growth Hub webinar series: Your Business from a financial perspective.
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Leadership is an Art – “To be great we must practise every day”
Leadership is an Art – “To be great we must practise every day” (quote by Max De Pree)
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“Make money by doing good” – a series of Webinars to show you why and how
Check out this preview of our brand new webinar series, “Make money by doing good”, presented by Rod Hebden.
GH Webinar
Looking After Your Mental Health at Work
How can we come to terms with 2020 and prepare for the challenges of 2021?
GH Webinar
Pandemic Pricing by Alison Edgar MBE
The importance of really understanding your pricing strategy, setting the right pricing level and, perhaps the most important part, valuing what you d...
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Staying safe outside your home
The principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible.
Boris Johnson releases 'Our Plan to Rebuild'
Boris Johnson outlines plan to rebuild nation back to 'normality' through new plan, following his speech to the nation on 10th May.
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Twitter vs. Instagram: the pros and cons for small businesses
The pro's and con's of using both twitter and/or instagram for your small business.
Business resilience in a COVID-19 world
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela
Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business
Use this service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.
COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
How to clean workplaces safely
What you need to know about keeping your place of work safe from COVID-19
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
Published 29 March 2020
Becoming an Ebay trader
Moving to a digital shop front can help with the downturn for all retailers at this present time.
Social Media for Business
'Social media' is the general term used to describe websites, apps and platforms whose users can create, submit and share content or participate in so...
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Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
A simple guide to working from home
Stay sane, fit and healthy when you have to work from your home environment
Crisis Communication and Management Templates
Manage, plan for, and communicate during your corporate crises with these crisis management plan templates.
Business Continuity Planning
This article explains how to make a continuity plan to ensure that a business can operate as effectively as possible if a serious incident occurs.
Construction Industry Scheme
What is the Construction Industry Scheme, how does it work and who does it effect?
Sources of Finance for Starting a Business
Is the start of 2020 the start of a new business for you? If so you’ll need to know how to finance it.
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Apply for more time to file your company’s accounts
How to request an extension to your Companies House filing deadline if an unplanned event stops you filing your accounts.
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Social Media and your Business
We all use social media today but what is it and how can your business use it?
Setting up and Running a Payroll System
A brief guide to payroll systems
Support for Businesses through Funding and Finance
A review of a few of the sources of Business Support and Funding
Controlling the costs of your business
How to identify and monitor business costs and how to carry out cost-benefit analysis
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Setting an internet and e-mail policy in the workplace
An introductory guide for policy setting
Faraday battery challenge
An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to develop the next generation of batteries for vehicles and other applications.
Prospering from the energy revolution
An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to create more efficient energy systems and benefit the UK economy from the global upta...
Healthy ageing and funding for Business
The healthy ageing challenge asks industry and researchers to develop products and services to help people remain independent, productive, active and ...
From data to early diagnosis and precision medicine
An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to use existing health data to improve early diagnosis and precision treatment of disea...
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What are the Legal Requirements for Business Websites
A review of the basic obligations for businesses online
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Business Continuity Advice & Guidance
How to prepare your business for those small or large things (accidental or deliberate) which may cause unforeseen problems to your business.
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An Introduction to Creating a Food Safety Management System
A Food Safety Management System (FSMS) helps a food business operator avoid potential hazards in food preparation and handling.
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How to Forecast Sales - Guide
Sales forecasting is a crucial part of setting up and running a business and is essential for ongoing business planning.
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The 5 most common mistakes in preparing and drafting grant proposals
In this article, GRANTfinder Senior Consultant Remco van der Zouw describes what he’s learned over years.
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Developing a Marketing Plan
Developing a marketing plan is one of the most effective ways for a small business to survive and thrive, especially in increasingly competitive times
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Writing a Business Plan
This tool describes what a business plan should include, how to write one and what are its benefits.
Community News
Is your business taking advantage of the latest technology?
Don't fall behind this fast moving industry.
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Apprenticeships: A cost effective route to obtaining and retaining a skilled wor...
Potentially a fully funded path to hundreds of apprenticeship qualifications.
Shaping the future of Salisbury
Wiltshire Council needs your opinions to help shape the future of Salisbury city centre.
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Is your business ready to scale?
Is scaling-up the right strategy for you? Understanding how your business is currently performing is key to help you decide.
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An Introduction to Cyber Essentials Certification
Whats the purpose and benefits to Cyber Essentials, the government-backed cyber security certification scheme for small firms.
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SMEs & Apprenticeships: Recruiting a Balanced Approach
Navigating apprenticeships from an SME perspective in Swindon & Wiltshire.
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Accelerating the UK
Beauhurst has published an excellent report – Accelerating the UK – all about business accelerators;
Young Entrepreneurs Swindon Network Launch - The Purpose of Networks
Thursday 31 January sees the launch of the Young Entrepreneurs Swindon Network but what is the purpose of business network groups?
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Top 10 mistakes employers make when paying the National Minimum Wage
Avoid making mistakes with this list of the most common reasons that cause underpayment.
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Spotting early signs of insolvency and ways to resolve it
Recognising the early signs of insolvency and seeking advice to turn things around.
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University Level Learning in Wiltshire – An Evolution
The latest insight into the evolving Higher Education landscape across Swindon and Wiltshire and what is available to you as a business and as an indi...
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E-commerce for UK small businesses selling online to the USA
A guide to e-commerce with the United States of America.
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Supporting Social Enterprises
Up to date sources of finance and support for social enterprise.
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Choosing and Using a Website Designer​
If a business is looking for a professional, well-structured and secure website that complies with all the relevant legislation, it is worth investing...
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Start out with a business mentor
Maximise your potential by getting the right advice early on with a business mentor.
Innovation loans: what they are and how to apply
An overview of Innovate UK’s loan programme for SMEs involved in late-stage innovation projects.
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Starting up in Swindon & Wiltshire
All the advice and resources you need to get your business idea off the ground in one place - from choosing your business idea to writing the business...
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Government support for young entrepreneurs
Top 5 things we are doing to support young entrepreneurs.
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Green Great Britain Week – simple steps you can take to reduce emissions
Find out how your business could reduce emissions and help to tackle climate change.
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Plain Action and Vale Action Leader Programme
The Local Action Groups (LAGs) administered by Community First, provide grants to help to increase rural jobs, boost tourism, help businesses grow and...
The Apprenticeship Levy Across Swindon & Wiltshire – Beyond Year One
Looking at the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy in Swindon & Wiltshire.
A Virtual Shop Front Door - Down Your Street
The Royal Mail has just announced that online shopping in the UK has risen by 9% in the last year. What do our 'bricks and mortar' retail businesses i...
Support for High Growth Business in Swindon & Wiltshire
One option If you are a growing business and looking for support and advice to aid your growth is Inspire, one of our local Chambers of Commerce organ...
Number of UK scaleups increases
The ScaleUp Institute reports that the UK’s total number of scaleup businesses has increased by nearly 12 per cent, according to the ScaleUp Institu...
Rural Economic Study for Swindon and Wiltshire
Swindon and Wiltshire LEP recognises that there are gaps in knowledge about the rural economy of the area. This Rural Economic Study has been develope...
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Opportunities to Grow your Business
Where can a business wanting to grow, find the most comprehensive source for up-to-date information on available funding or tendering opportunities?
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B2B Events - Enabling Business Growth or a Mercenary Marketing Tactic?
Engage with your clients and prospects whilst providing useful knowledge, information and access to new networks.
The time is right to tap into a new pool of talent for Wiltshire employers.
Jobcentre Plus in Wiltshire is keen to work closely with employers of all sizes across the county.
Higher Education Strategy
See the latest updates on the SWLEP Higher Education Strategy and access the downloads
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A brief guide to business continuity planning
In this short guide, we will explore how you can prepare for the unforeseen with focus on your IT and business-critical systems.
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Apprenticeships for Small Business
This guide provides an overview of apprenticeships for small business and describes the benefits to business and apprentices.
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Can I apply for financial business support?
Guide to available business support funding for Salisbury businesses
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How do I get support with business rates?
Information about business rates and/or hardship rate relief
CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership
New qualification for teachers in schools and colleges to support young people in career development
£80million fund to help SMEs engage in apprenticeships
A short article about the Chancellor's Spring Statement around funding for small and medium sized businesses to help them engage with apprenticeships.
Growth Hub Governance Group - Invitation Open for New Members
The Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub is overseen by a Governance Group made up from public sector representatives, business support organisations and m...
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How to check your business pulse
In times of challenge, what are the best business analytics and reports to keep an eye on?
Roads for the Future - Funding
A share of up to £200,000 is available for ideas to change road design to maximise the benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles.
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Tax Deadlines in 2019
There are five main types of tax that are relevant to firms: income tax, corporation tax, National Insurance (NI), Value Added Tax (VAT) and Capital G...
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Government Support for Research & Development - Guide
The UK Government, and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have a strategy to stimulate business research and develo...
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Product Packaging Regulations - Guide
Any business that supplies or sells packaged products must ensure that the packaging complies with product packaging regulations. These cover issues s...
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Business Finance Terminology - Glossary
When dealing with your accountant or bank the language used can sometimes sound unfamiliar, even to the most experienced business person. The followi...
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A Recipe for Success; Business Expansion and Management Development
Porton Biopharma Limited
Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) - 2017 End of Year Review
EEN shares some of their work highlights from 2017
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Wiltshire entrepreneur fills gap in niche fabric market
Helen Baker Fabric Design
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Ludgershall couple's double celebration – in love and in business!
Clearly Software
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The Swindon Investment Guide
Thinking of relocating your business to the Swindon area?
Visitor Economy Wiltshire
This site offers a comprehensive guide to Wiltshire including accommodation, what's on and visitor attractions. Particularly useful for food and drin...
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Higher Futures, Learning and Development, using a love of the past to go forward...
Help for Heroes
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Marketing That Drives Sales
Procol
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Independent report - Made Smarter Review
An industry-led review exploring how UK manufacturing can maximise benefits of digital technology through a strong industry - government partnership.
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An Introduction to Business Regulations when Starting Up
This guide identifies the major business regulations and obligations that will affect the start up of a new business.
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Tax relief and incentives for businesses
As part of the overall funding landscape, there are plenty of government schemes and incentives available to businesses.
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Health & Safety
This introductory guide explains the main steps that must be taken to ensure that an employer complies with health and safety regulations.
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Regulations Covering Lifting and Manual Handling in the Workplace
This guide explains the requirements of the Regulations and provides information about how to comply with them.
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Redundancy Legislation & Procedure
This guide gives an overview of an employee's legal rights, and the procedures that employers should be following throughout the redundancy process.
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Market Information and Statistics
This factsheet provides an overview of some of the main sources of market information and statistical data available and how to access them.
Generating good energy in the area
The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP (SWLEP) is a member of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen initiative and believes it can make a significant contribution national...
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Why we need to provide the best business support to SME Builders
There are many reasons why we need to provide SME builders with all the business support we can.
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Degree Apprenticeships - A New Route
Degree Apprenticeships offer a great solution for those that want to learn and earn.
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Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
This guide provides brief descriptions of UK and European IP rights.
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Using Copyright to Protect Your Work
This introductory guide explains the principle of copyright and how you can use it to protect original work
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Introduction to Tax Self-Assessment
This guide describes the tax self-assessment process, who it applies to, and how to register for self-assessment. It also briefly explains the process...
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Registering a Domain Name
Choosing the right domain name for your business website and e-mail communications is a vital component of your business identity.
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Choosing and Using an Accountant
This guide explains the services offered by accountants, what to look for when choosing an accountant and how to find and appoint one. It provides inf...
guide
Food Safety Legislation
Food Safety Legislation applies to any firm that is involved in the production, processing, storage, distribution and sale of food.
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An Introduction to Health & Safety
Every employer must comply with health and safety regulations intended to protect people such as employees, customers or members of the public.
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Environmental Protection Act 1990
A Guide to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the obligations of business owners.
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Tackling Swindon's skills gap
A recurring theme that Swindon businesses raise is the trouble they have recruiting highly skilled workers
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The Importance of skills in the work place
Leadership and Management Skills amongst the most important for business success.
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Environmental Regulations - A Guide
Understand environmental regulations and how to manage the impact of your business.
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Overview of available European Funding
​Various European funding networks offer financial support for businesses of all types.
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Finance support information index
A bank loan is not the only way that you can raise money to fund your business. A quick overview of available options is a good place to start.
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Methods of Entering Export Markets
This guide will help you select an export market-entry method that is suitable for your business. It explains the difference between direct and indire...
guide
Costing and Pricing a Product or Service
It is important to understand the impact of pricing on profitability and be able to choose the best pricing strategy for a business.
guide
Creating a Marketing Strategy
This factsheet explains the importance of having a marketing strategy, and how to use it properly to maximise the success of a business. It also inclu...
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Profiling Your Target Market
This factsheet provides an introduction to profiling your target market and customers and explains the importance of fully understanding their needs.
guide
Appointing a Non-Executive Director
This guide looks at the duties involved in the role, the legal responsibilities, the time commitment expected of non-executive directors.
guide
What makes Wiltshire work?
Wiltshire-based startups seem to have a particularly strong chance of being a success.
guide
Business in Wiltshire
There are many advantages to starting up in the UK and locating your business in Swindon & Wiltshire gives you the best of both worlds.
guide
Choosing the Right Legal Structure
This factsheet outlines the main legal structures for a business (sole trader, partnership, LTD, LLP and CIC).
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What it takes to run a business
This factsheet helps you assess your personal abilities and resources in relation to those that will typically be required to run your own business.
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Tips to Choosing a Business Idea
If you are new to self-employment, finding the right idea for a successful venture can be difficult. It is not made any easier by economic uncertainty...
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Credit manager launches own consultancy
After working in credit management for many years Nicki Kinton decided she wanted to make a positive difference.

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New Start Up Journey begins following redundancy…
Former employees of Cooper Tires seized an opportunity joining the New Business Worx startup program...
Applications open for Economic Advisory Board for ...
Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are launching an open recruitment process for the newl...
HR Dept expands into larger offices
Swindon-based HR provider the HR Dept has moved into bigger offices and grown its team by 50 per cen...
Avon Protection wins £38m MoD order
Wiltshire-based Avon Protection has won the tender for the continued supply of the General Service R...
Beard Group begins first RAAC project
Swindon-based Beard Group has started work on its first reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete RAAC ...
Plans made to upgrade former Renault building
Plans have been submitted to upgrade the listed former Renault Distribution Centre in Swindon to pre...
Western Gateway and Peninsula Transport publish El...
Western Gateway's joint Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Study has been published in partnership with ...
Wiltshire Council takes next steps with concert ve...
Wiltshire Council has confirmed that Savills will market the concert venue Salisbury City Hall, supp...
Lidl plans seven new stores in Wiltshire
Fast growing German-owned Lidl has announced plans to open hundreds of new stores across the country...
£6.4m Flexible AI Upskilling Fund for UK SMEs Now ...
The Flexible AI Upskilling Fund pilot scheme will support SMEs in the Professional and Business Serv...
Vectura and Mundipharma to collaborate
Cambridge company Mundipharma and Wiltshire-based Vectura have announced plans to reformulate the fl...
Tourism Awards now open for nominations
South West England Tourism Excellence Awards are thrilled to announce that the Tourism Awards in Dev...
Innovate UK Launches Competition to Boost Business...
Funding made available to boost business productivity through the deployment of AI-driven solutions.
New president of BCS is announced
Alastair Revell FBCS has been announced as the new president of Swindon-based BCS, The Chartered Ins...
Good Energy sees sharp profits increase
Chippenham-based renewable energy supplier Good Energy said revenues were up 2.4 per cent last year....
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Cash Flow Management for SMEs - Strategies for Sta...
Effective cash flow management is not just about survival; it's about creating a foundation for grow...
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Breaking Into New Markets: A Guide for SMEs
While the challenges are real, expanding into new markets offers SMEs the potential for growth and d...
Wiltshire Council to take on business support func...
SWLEP functions currently cover both the Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council authority are...
Reducing the Environmental Footprint: A Guide for ...
The strategic advantage of going green
Developing a Business Idea: A Blueprint for SME Gr...
Taking your first steps in developing a business idea
Local SMEs Called to Action: Shaping the Future Wo...
Local businesses across Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to play a pivotal role in shaping the ...
Siemens Mobility to invest €115m in new centre
Siemens Mobility is investing €115m to establish a cutting-edge rail infrastructure manufacturing, d...
February business activity in SW slips
February saw a reduction in business activity across the South West for the first time in three mont...
Malmesbury High Street plan moves forward
An initiative designed to plan and shape the future of Malmesbury High Street and its surrounding tr...
PM Rishi Sunak visits new Swindon hub
The Prime minister Rishi Sunak has visited the former Honda site in Swindon to officially break the ...
National Employee Appreciation Day 2024
National Employee Appreciation Day is on the 1st March is a special day to show those who are a majo...
Launch of Made Smarter Innovation Sustainability A...
The Made Smarter Innovation Sustainability Accelerator is a national programme designed to accelerat...
SW commercial property market ‘set to recover’
The South West commercial property market is expected to bounce back in 2024 after a subdued perform...
Council extends deadline for businesses to apply f...
Wiltshire Council has extended the deadline for businesses to apply for Vibrant Wiltshire vacant uni...
FigFlex office space ‘now 97 percent occupied’
The requirement for premium office space in Swindon town centre is said to be heating up as FI Real ...
Panattoni begins demolition on former Honda site
The demolition of the ex-Honda factory in Swindon is beginning this month to allow the £700m redevel...
NLCF Announces New Funding to Involve More People ...
The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) announced that from 27 March 2024 it will be delivering n...
Final Round of Museum Estate and Development Fund ...
The Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) is provided with funding from the Department for Cultu...
Trowbridge community groups can apply for grants w...
Community groups in Trowbridge are being urged to apply for a slice of more than £22,000 in grants b...
Village Halls in Rural England Can Apply Now for a...
The Village Halls Small Grants Fund is provided by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affa...
Barclays Community Football Fund 2024 Opens to UK ...
Now in its third year, Barclays Bank in partnership with the Sported Foundation is offering grants o...
Good Energy sponsors Chippenham Pride
Good Energy has been announced as a headline sponsor of Chippenham Pride 2024, following the huge su...
Unlocking the Potential of Intellectual Property: ...
Welcome to the realm of intellectual property! In this user-friendly guide, we explore the domain of...
Prudence Trust Accepting Applications for New Fund...
Prudent Trust has launched a new funding round and is offering around five to eight grants of betwee...
Swindon Council wins social housing award
Swindon Borough Council’s £34m scheme to build 149 homes on Queens Drive has beaten competition from...
New plan for Mechanics’ Institute put forward
A roadmap which sets out how Swindon’s Mechanics’ Institute could be brought back into use will be d...
Henry Moore Foundation Accepting Applications for ...
Funding to Support UK and International Collaborat...
The British Council is offering grants of between £25,000 and £75,000 for arts and culture organisat...
Unlocking Nature Positive Private Investment - Lau...
On February 14th is the launch of the new IUK Competition. The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competi...
New Round of Cultural Development Fund Provides £1...
The Cultural Development Fund aims to level up investment in culture and the creative industries acr...
£50,000 Funding Opportunity for AI Solutions in Cr...
Amplifying Imagination is a 16-week acceleration programme supporting companies in the creative indu...
Funding to Support a Just Transition to Carbon Net...
Shoosmiths Foundation is offering grants for UK-based registered charities with an annual income of ...
Grants for Early-career Craftspeople - New Round O...
This grant scheme is provided by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).
Demystifying AI: Your Essential Guide to Prompt En...
Get up to speed with the breaking technology everyone is talking about
Countdown for 5.7 million customers to file their ...
With less than a month to go to the Self Assessment deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urgin...
Best Free Tools for Business 2024
Explore a range of essential, free digital tools designed to enhance you day to day business operati...
Vibrant Wiltshire Vacant Unit Grants
Wiltshire Council has created the Vibrant Wiltshire grants programme through the Wiltshire Towns Pro...
PCC seeks views on investment required to improve ...
Residents are being urged to use their voice and tell the Police and Crime Commissioner how they fee...
Navigating the Digital Labyrinth: Spotting Phishin...
At this time of year deceptive messages aim to trick unsuspecting individuals into revealing sensiti...
Forestry Commission Launches £2.5m Tree Production...
Key site in Trowbridge set for ambitious transform...
Ambitious plans to transform a key site in the heart of Trowbridge town centre are set to proceed af...
Swindon Debenhams to become storage hub
Council approves StoreAway applications
Knorr-Bremse to equip Alstom trains for India
Providing braking and climate control systems
South West venture capital investment increases
But volume of transactions dips by a quarter
GH Webinar
Free to access online Wellbeing for the Workplace ...
For 2024 Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub, in partnership with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough...
Hanging on the Telephone: 5 reasons Self Assessmen...
In the last 12 months HMRC have built and improved a number of digital services that will make it ea...
Business Catalyst Grants for Jewellers
Business Catalyst (Large) Grants offer UK based jewellers, silversmiths and allied industry practiti...
Veterans Career Development Fund Open for UK Appli...
Funding for not-for-profit projects that deliver qualifications and training to enable veterans and ...
Plans to refurbish the Oasis to be discussed by Co...
Pleural is UK James Dyson Award winner
Smart airway clearance device
Family firm John Williams Heating expands
New unit taken to cope with demand
Good Energy is top scorer on sustainability
Top of Which? league for second year
Why data protection matters
As an SME, new start-up or sole trader, you probably have information about your customers, staff, o...
HMRC - VAT Registration Goes Paperless
From 13 November 2023 anyone applying to register for VAT should use HM Revenue and Customs’ online ...
Naturally Social named Best Small Agency
Award for Melksham-based company
Wiltshire Council to fund EV charger planning
Government support for local authorities
Furniturebox increases its revenue
The furniture retailer is now offering “super fast next day deliveries”
Law firm Buckles to open branch in Swindon
Extending reach in new growth strategy
Hills Quarry Products wins old airfield permission
Down Ampney site approved by council
Johnson Matthey in major hydrogen project
Partnering with Kellas Midstream
Every Cloud has a Cyber Lining: Unlock Cyber Inspi...
Turning Cyber Threats into Opportunities for the Young People across Swindon and Wiltshire
Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership...
Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) is excited to announce that Western Gatew...
Multimillion pound investment to develop hydrogen ...
Academic, civic and industry partners will work together to unlock the huge potential of our region’...
Wiltshire Council updates on the future of Salisbu...
Wiltshire Council have updated on the next steps involved in reopening City Hall, Salisbury as an en...
More international recognition for Wiltshire-based...
Apprentices – Know Your Minimum Wage Rights
If you are an apprentice, or about to start an apprenticeship, here’s some advice to help you make s...
Fully funded Start Up support from Kick Off in Bus...
Fully funded, one-week, online self-employment courses running every week.
Wiltshire’s PCC: ‘We want our retail sector to fee...
Both the PCC and Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable have responded to an open letter from the Associ...
Successful SME Competitiveness Programme
Over 1200 businesses helped and at least 160 new jobs created in Swindon and Wiltshire thanks to the...
Monahans reports soaring insolvencies
90 per cent increase on last year
Air Quality Action plan
Wiltshire Council has launched a public consultation on its draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) and...
Siemens in Redbridge EV charging scheme
300 new on-street charging points
SWLEP CEO, Paddy Bradley MBE, retires
Having worked for the SWLEP for over ten years, Paddy Bradley MBE, is to retire. He said: "I can h...
£5m Competition to Scale-up Agricultural Innovatio...
UK registered SMEs can soon apply for grants to develop innovative farming solutions.
Innovate UK Launches £6.2m Award to Fund Diverse I...
Grants, coupled with tailored business support, are available for UK innovators to make their busine...
Green light for major A303 upgrade past Stonehenge
The Government has given the formal green light by granting a Development Consent Order for the A303...
Planning permission granted for Swindon scheme
Trade and warehouse units of 100,000 sq ft
Wiltshire Council launches £1.35m grants scheme
Aims to boost business enterprises
New Innovation Centre at Porton Science Park
£9.9 million has been invested in this project.
GWR Consultation on changes to ticket offices
Subject to consultation, ticket offices could be phased out over a number of years.
Wincanton extends military contract
A three year extension has been agreed.
Invest in Wiltshire business grants
Invest in Wiltshire is a £1.35m grants scheme to encourage businesses in the county to improve and e...
EV charger company Simpson & Partners to expand
Strong growth experienced since start
Halo Staffing working with Air Ambulance
Three year collaboration announced
Centrica opens its first solar farm in Wiltshire
Enough to power some 4,850 homes
AB Foods to buy National Milk Records for £48m
Chippenham dairy technology company bought by British Foods
DfE webinars on hosting T Level industry placement...
Over the next few months, the Department for Education and SDN are hosting a series of practical web...
Wrightbus secures £50 million UKEF financing to tu...
UK Export Finance announces support for the world's first hydrogen-powered bus company
Good Energy ‘twins’ customers with power sources
Boost for knowledge of renewables
MBO completed at Leading Resolutions
Backing from NVM Private Equity
Chancellor reveals life sciences growth package to...
A £650 million war-chest to fire up the UK’s life sciences sector and drive forward the government’s...
Old Mill acquires Quro Financial Solutions
Commercial property pension specialist
Beard starts work on Newport Porsche centre
£16m project for Swindon’s Dick Lovett
IUK Announces Farming Futures R&D Fund: Environmen...
UK registered organisations can apply for grants to fund feasibility projects and industrial researc...
Holman signs BT fleet management deal
One of the biggest in fleet history
Outstanding small businesses receive inaugural gov...
The Department for Business and Trade announces winners of the inaugural Made in the UK, Sold to the...
Wiltshire towns called to provide action plans
Council funding to improve high streets
Dymag wins new Korean investment
Boost for lightweight wheel production
How to: Managing mental health in difficult times
Acas has new and updated guidance on managing work-related stress to support both employers and work...
Boost for £16m Trowbridge investment
Town Hall project granted go ahead
New study shows most Wiltshire businesses failing ...
New study shows less than 20% of businesses surveyed are tackling their carbon emissions effectively
Government outlines action needed in coming years ...
Plans to speed up the design, manufacture, and rollout of zero emission aircraft and infrastructure ...
Pegasus Planning takes Cirencester offices
A prominent 11,000 sq ft three storey building.
Green Machine Computers Launches The Tech Hub CIC ...
Green Machine Computers, a leading IT recycling specialist, has launched The Tech Hub CIC, a communi...