Support Programmes

Support and funding for your business

​Introduction to the Swindon & Wiltshire LEP Programmes

SWLEP programmes are designed to support the Swindon and Wiltshire local infrastructure and generate economic growth. The programmes are funded by Central Government or European Funding, secured through competitive bids. Programmes are primarily delivered by the local Unitary Authorities, Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council.


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Higher Futures Skills Hub

Higher Futures works with businesses to up-skill employees with local, bespoke training solutions created in partnership with nationally based university level providers.

The Enterprise Network

TEN supports small and start-up businesses, offering hot desks and co-working spaces well as free advice and information about available business grants.


Designed for SMEs with a sustainable business model looking to grow, the i2s intensive coaching programme helps to create a culture of innovation and overcome barriers to growth.

Enterprise Adviser Network

The Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network helps to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in our LEP area.

SME Growth

The SME Growth Project provides 12 hours of intensive business support to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to successfully grow and develop your business.

The Scale-up Hub

A local business 'GP' service dedicated to working with fast growing Businesses, we are committed to impartially connecting you to the right support, when and where it’s needed.

Health & Life-Sciences Hub

The Swindon and Wiltshire Health and Life Science Innovation Hub provides provide innovation support directly to businesses in the health and life science sector across the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Better Business for All (BBfA)

Better Business for All (BBfA) is a national government initiative that brings together businesses and regulators in partnership to improve how local regulation is delivered, easing the burden on business and reducing regulatory barriers to growth.


The Swindon and Wiltshire CSR Hub has been created for social ventures in the area to promote the services and support they offer to local business. It also carries the information, advice and guidance available to start, run or grow a social venture.

Serco SSW

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within SMEs in Swindon & Wiltshire, providing accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses for your employees.

LEADER Funding

LEADER funding is available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers and can be applied for through Local Action Groups.


GOV.UK is an excellent resource for finding information about government services as well as providing advice and guidance for operating a compliant business.


The European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) is the European Union's main funding programme for supporting growth and jobs. SWLEP's ESIF programme will invest to help businesses compete and grow, and improve people's skills and employment prospects.


GPIF is a capital only fund used to invest in infrastructure projects that deliver sustainable economic growth within the Swindon and Wiltshire area. It is a repayable loan to support projects that will create new jobs and/or deliver new homes.

Local Growth Fund

'Growth Deals’ are funds provided by the government to LEPs in response to their bids for investment that could help unlock growth and development within a local economy.

South West Loans Fund

Operating for more than 25 years, SWIG Finance is a not-for-profit organisation delivering loan finance across the South West region to small and medium sized enterprises which cannot access sufficient funding from the banks