The Knowledge Centre

Impartial support, advice and tools for your business

Supporting Salisbury

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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

Starting Up

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Business Opportunity Factsheets
Explore our A-Z business opportunity index covering a cross-section of industries.
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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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Writing a Business Plan
This tool describes what a business plan should include, how to write one and what are its benefits.
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Choosing the Right Legal Structure
This factsheet outlines the main legal structures for a business (sole trader, partnership, LTD, LLP and CIC).

Strategy and Planning

Interview with Steven Smith, Founder of Poundland
Alison Edgar recently interviewed Steven Smith, founder of Poundland to find out what exactly made his business tick
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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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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.

Marketing

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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.
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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...
The Art of Getting What You Want
Negotiation is the nitty-gritty of the actual transaction between customer and business. Yet strangely enough, it’s something that most sales people a...
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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...

Sales and New Markets

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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. Forecasting the future is alw...
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Costing or Pricing a Product or Service - Guide
Setting the right price for a new product or service can be one of the hardest tasks faced by small business owners. Costing a product or service is r...
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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...
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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.

Funding and Finance 

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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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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SME growth grants
Are you running a business in Swindon or Wiltshire and need help to grow? With an SME growth grant of between £2,000 and £10,000 you can kick start y...
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Overview of available European Funding
​Various European funding networks offer financial support for businesses of all types.

People and Skills

Proper Packing Can Prevent Property Damage When Moving or Storing
There is a right way and a wrong way when it comes to packing your personal items. We have listed various packing materials along with the correct way...
Is that just a rumble or are the wheels coming off?
Being too busy to plan, turning a blind eye to communication problems or not having the support of your team are serious risks. Here are some prove...
CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership
New qualification for teachers in schools and colleges to support young people in career development
Putting self-development at the top of your to-do list
With the dawn of new technology, you would expect to have more time on your hands but in reality many people are reporting feeling "time-starved". How...

Regulation and Compliance

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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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Health & Safety
This introductory guide explains the main steps that must be taken to ensure that an employer complies with health and safety regulations.

Tax and Accounting

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Tax Deadlines in 2018
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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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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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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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...

New Product Development

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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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Preparing Your Organisation For Growth
Companies that address their organizational weaknesses as they implement growth strategies give themselves an advantage.
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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

Applying Technology

Global Business Accelerator - visit to Israel
Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a technology visit to Israel.
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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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Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
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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.

Sustainable Business

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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...
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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Environmental Protection Act 1990
A Guide to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the obligations of business owners.
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Environmental Regulations - A Guide
Understand environmental regulations and how to manage the impact of your business.

Invest in Swindon & Wiltshire

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The Swindon Investment Guide
Thinking of relocating your business to the Swindon area? The Swindon Investment Guide contains information on recent economic successes, current pro...
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...
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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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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