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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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The Grand Challenge Missions: Our Industrial Strategy in 2019
A review of the grand challenges that make up the Governments Industrial Strategy
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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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Meeting the challenges of growth
As your business grows, different problems and opportunities demand different solutions.
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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.
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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.
April 2019 is approaching - Have you used your levy funds?
Apprenticeship levy payers will see funds start to expire in April 2019, this article provides some tips on how employers can spend their levy pot and...
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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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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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Has staff retention been a problem in January?
How to keep staff following the festive period.
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Marketing: Profiling a Target Audience
Do you know who your customers are and their needs?
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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.
Partnership pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU ex...
This partnership pack is designed to help you support businesses preparing for day one if we leave the EU without a deal.
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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.
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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.
Intellectual Property and BREXIT: The facts
Facts on the future of intellectual property laws following the decision that the UK will leave the EU.
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Unsure what Brexit means for your business and what to do about it?
Ten ‘no regret’ actions businesses should consider now
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.
Starting up in Swindon & Wiltshire
All the advice and resources you need to get your business idea off the ground in one place
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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.
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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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New opportunities for architects to grow their own talent
Architects can now offer progression opportunities to their existing workforce or employ new recruits via degree apprenticeships with funding from the...
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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.
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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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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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Business Opportunity Factsheets
Explore our A-Z business opportunity index covering a cross-section of industries.
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Wiltshire entrepreneur fills gap in niche fabric market
Helen Baker Fabric Design
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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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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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Preparing Your Organisation For Growth
Companies that address their organizational weaknesses as they implement growth strategies give themselves an advantage.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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What makes Wiltshire work?
Wiltshire-based startups seem to have a particularly strong chance of being a success.
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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.
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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).
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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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NHS COVID-19 app launching this week
Wiltshire Council urges the local community to download new NHS Covid-19 app.
Launch of Festival UK Research and Development Pro...
Funding is available for teams from the UK’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics ...
Government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge ...
A fund of up to £40 million that will create jobs in nature recovery and conservation opens today.
BCS moves to Newbridge Square
Two new deals have been completed at Swindon's refurbished Newbridge Square.
House lending falls sharply in Q2
House lending falls quickly but recovery is expected to follow.
Government extends support to stop business evicti...
Commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of 2020 helping busines...
Sunak announces new 'Job Support Scheme'
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces a new Job Support Scheme, starting in November
Funding for Youth Volunteering Projects Related to...
Short application window opens for volunteering initiatives organised by young people in response to...
Avon Rubber to buy US company for $130m
Team Wendy acquisition is 'an important development' in the strategic development of Avon Rubber.
Avon wins new US defence contract
Avon Rubber expect first order to the US Department of Defense shortly.
New contract won by Wincanton
eFulfilment solutions for Dwell contract won by Wiltshire-based Wincanton.
Rule of six comes into effect to tackle coronaviru...
Rule applies across indoor and outdoor settings, with police able to disperse gatherings of over six...
Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ s...
Today the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and the MOD have announced that 100 UK Armed Forces cha...
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 22 Sept...
The government has today announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus ...
Want a Kickstart?
The Kickstart is a 6-month paid job with a local employer scheme and is funded by the Government. It...
Network Rail regains control of Signal Point
Iconic building to be renovated for Network Rail.
Swindon Council rejects science park plan
Wasdell warns it may relocate after science park plans fall through.
Avon Protection wins major NATO order
Avon Protection win major NATO contract To supply FM50 mask systems.
Water Research Centre sold to RSK
Cheshire company also buys subsidiary.
Tribute to John Mortimer
SWLEP Board Member and Chair 2015 - 2020
T Levels launch but classes not full
Colleges and schools have missed two-thirds of their T Level enrolment targets, with digital proving...
ERDF recovery grant open for applications from loc...
Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub announces the opening of the application window.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for emplo...
Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations...
The importance of purpose and leadership
We, at the Growth Hub, will be running free webinars on the importance of purpose and leadership.
Furloughing scheme to end soon
Companies advised to plan ahead to avoid problems in the near future.
Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
Funding award for community electric vehicle schem...
Local people in the Bradford-on-Avon area might soon be able to plug into a community-owned green ve...
Applications for Apprenticeship Funding Now Open
Financial support is being provided to help employers in England hire new apprentices in a move desi...
IUK's Sustainable Innovation Fund Round 3 Launches
Funding is available for UK businesses, research organisations and academia, for new projects focusi...
Landmark Kickstart scheme opens
New £2 billion Kickstart scheme will create thousands of new jobs for young people.
Government Announces £10m Green Distilleries Compe...
UK distilleries can access funding to cut emissions by switching to low carbon fuels such as hydroge...
IUK Announces Women in Innovation Awards 2020-21
Innovation funding, coupled with tailored support, will be awarded to businesswomen in the UK who ha...
Grants to Ameliorate COVID-19 Pinch Among UK Theat...
Financial support is available for freelance professional theatre workers who are struggling financi...
Slow but steady job market recovery in Swindon and...
An analysis of Swindon and Wiltshire job postings, using Labour Insights data, showed improvements f...
Government offers Council extra support to speed u...
Swindon has been given priority access to any additional support it needs from central Government to...
Coronavirus - business support - Grants
The Government has announced a number of schemes to support businesses. Regular updates are being ma...
Bath Spa University launches MentorMe
Mentoring a Bath Spa University student is a rewarding way of helping a talented individual bridge t...
The Face of Business Inclusion in a Post COVID-19 ...
How the business world needs to and will change in a post Covid-19 world.
Employees want to reskill and retrain to widen the...
Over half of workers want to reskill and retrain for a new line of work following COVID-19 and its i...
Historic England Launches Grants for Programmes of...
One-off grants to support repair and restoration works at nationally important heritage attractions ...
BAE Systems Swoops for Bristol Company
Defence, security and aerospace giant BAE Systems has snapped up a Bristol data science business.
JLR upcycling aluminium to help cut CO2 emissions
Jaguar Land Rover is upcycling aluminium waste from drinks cans, bottle tops and end-of-life vehicle...
Green Light for Hob-creating distribution building
Proposals to develop a new distribution centre on an existing business park in Swindon have received...
Virtual Event Studio proves a success
Lockdown alternative to live events proven to work effectively and effciently.
SsangYong Motors moving HQ to Swindon
Company to relocate from Luton.
Chippenham to lose its Pizza Express restaurant as...
Chippenham Pizza Express is on the list of branches to be permanently closed as part of a major rest...
Kalel Productions' new business series looking for...
Kalel Productions are producing a new Business Series where an industry leader invests into smaller ...
JewelFund Re-opens for Aspiring Jewellers Worldwid...
Grants are available to support aspiring jewellers who are looking to start their business.
Government Announces £10m Green Distilleries Compe...
UK distilleries can access funding to cut emissions by switching to low carbon fuels such as hydroge...
Applications Open for Second Self-employed Support...
Self-employed people whose trade has been adversely affected by coronavirus can now apply for a seco...
Getting help to apply for Universal Credit
Citizens Advice offer a free, confidential and independent service that can help you every step of t...
New college Swindon and Swindon College announce m...
New College Swindon and Swindon College have announced their merger from Today, Monday 17th August.
Community News
Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage Opens for Appli...
Funding to support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable bef...
Community News
COVID-19 support for organisations in Wiltshire
Wiltshire Council outlines new levels of support for local businesses.
Early signs of job market recovery in Swindon and ...
Dragana Houston dives into the Swindon and Wiltshire job market to discover less signs of decline as...
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Build and Innovate: Swindon and Wiltshire LEP secu...
Funding will develop new projects that will bring public and private sector investment over the next...
Good Energy abandons plan for new HQ
Good Energy blames Covid-19 and effective home-working for the decision.
Eat Out to Help Out launches today – with governme...
Diners across the UK will see their restaurant bills slashed by as much as 50% from today as the gov...
£20 million nationally in new grants to boost reco...
£20 million new funding to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pande...
Get a discount with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the ...
SMEs 'now more optimistic' says report
Entrepreneurs 'ready to get moving' again after covid-19.
Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, s...
Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England, as the gov...
Business events and conferences given go ahead to ...
Business events and conferences will be permitted to resume from 1 October provided rates of infecti...
GWP Protective wins NHS contract
GWP Protective has won a contract to assist in production of face visors for the NHS.
Swindon voltage controls company merges
Swindon-based Fundamentals forms partnership with Australian firm.
Nationwide lowers deposit requirement
Following temporary stamp duty holiday, Nationwide has dropped its deposit required from first-time ...
Covid-19 antibody testing at Zurich
Company offers benefit to all employees
Millions could be vaccinated against COVID-19 as U...
The UK has secured early access to 90 million doses of promising coronavirus vaccine candidates.
Swindon Borough Council Coronavirus Business Suppo...
This Government-funded cash grant scheme aims to provide additional support to businesses, charities...
Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Hel...
Find out how to register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
Thousands of business advisers to offer free servi...
Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers have signed up to offer free online ...
Chancellor Announces £1.57 Billion for Arts, Cultu...
Museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues across the countr...
£10m to Kickstart England's Small Tourism Firms
Funding will be allocated to each Local Growth Hub in England
Summer Economic Update: A Plan for Jobs 2020
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his ‘Plan for Jobs’ to Parliament on Wednesd...
VisitWiltshire shares its research finding on the ...
Visit Wiltshire surveyed local businesses to measure the impacts of COVID-19
Flagship business support programme launches in Sw...
£2.4m business support programme launches
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How to Futureproof Your Business by Investing in P...
We at the Growth Hub have put together a guide to help you make the most of the training and skills ...
Community News
Transformational Contract Win for Wincanton
Wincanton turn bid around to win Waitrose Contract to develop and operate the customer fulfillment c...
Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ s...
OVA and the MOD have announced that 100 Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6m of extra...
Government Enhances COVID-19 Future Fund to Benefi...
The Chancellor has expanded a fund for UK start-ups hit by the coronavirus crisis, ensuring those th...
Community News
Presymptom Health wins funding
£200,000 invest into research to develop sepsis test.
Community News
Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and re...
More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the ...
Applying for a moratorium under the Corporate Inso...
How to apply for breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company, under measures to suppo...
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Vis...
Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and ...
Prime Minister announces easing of lockdown restri...
New social distancing measures and the reopening of certain businesses.
Western Gateway leaders welcome extended scope of ...
Increased train frequency between Bristol and Gloucester aims to boost local economies
Green number plates and £12m zero-emission investm...
Green number plates have been announced for Zero-emission vehicles across the UK.
Webinar Series | Smarter with IoT
These insightful weekly webinars begin on Thursday 25 June at 2pm and are now open for registration.
Government provides further halt to business evict...
New code provides support to shops and local firms planning their future recovery with their landlor...
Fund to support dairy farmers opens for applicatio...
The dairy response fund is now open for eligible farmers to apply for up to £10,000 of financial sup...
The Young Innovators Awards 2020/21 are now open
Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,0...
Amazon to occupy major Swindon base
Amazon are believed to be the future occupants of a new building the size of six football pitches in...
Swindon Borough Council Discretionary Grants Updat...
Firms in Swindon are now able to apply for the Discretionary Grant Fund
DPD to create 6,000 Jobs and Invest £200m
DPD readies to upscale business in effort to be the leading parcel delivery company in the UK.
Wincanton wins new Wickes contract
Home deliveries to Devon and Cornwall as part of plan to upscale the business.
SWLEP is recruiting
Expansion of our Growth Hub service means we’re recruiting.
Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 31 October 2020. This article explains the detail...
Community News
Melksham businessman saves lives at night
Melksham businessman is being thanked for his vital work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Swindon Small Business Discretionary Grant Fund
Swindon launches its Discretionary Grant Fund
Thousands of high street shops, department stores ...
Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, the Busines...
Digital Boost - on a mission to help small busines...
A Free Volunteering Platform Uniting Digital Experts With Leaders of Small Businesses and Charities
Wiltshire Council's Discretionary Grant Scheme lau...
Guidance on Wiltshire Councils new fund is now available online.
Community News
Back to Work with Chippenham Chamber of Commerce
Chippenham Chamber of Commerce is supporting local businesses with 3 online events.
Funding for Creative Projects for Armed Forces Com...
One-off grants for projects supporting people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a re...
IUK Launches Developing the UK's Low Carbon Automo...
Collaborative match funding is available for UK-developed late stage R&D to support low carbon propu...
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Vodafone UK gives small businesses free broadband ...
Vodafone UK has announced that it will give small businesses six months of free unlimited broadband ...
Aster Group Passes Milestone for Second Consecutiv...
The level of construction provided almost 3,000 people with access to new affordable housing.
Stanley Security providing Covid-19 guidance
Opening offices and observing strict rules - how to adapt your business for reopening.
Wadworth supporting tenants during crisis
Wadworth relaxes Rents and charges ended until end of lockdown.
Funding boost for renewable school heating project
A community-led project which aims to heat six Nadder Valley schools entirely by renewable energy ha...
Ancient village wins £14,000 green energy funding
The South West Energy Hub has awarded Oaksey Parish Council a £14,000 Rural Community Energy Fund gr...
Guidance for Employers and Businesses surrounding ...
Guidance for employers and self-employed on the new NHS test and trace scheme.
Government launches NHS Test and Trace service
The new NHS Test and Trace service will launch tomorrow (Thursday 28 May) across England, the govern...
£50m funding for councils to safely reopen non-ess...
High Streets Minister Simon Clarke announced a £50m boost on May 26 for councils across the country ...
Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £...
Government extends maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption L...
Future Fund launched
The government’s £500 million Future Fund opened with innovative and high-growth British businesses ...
The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme i...
Employers with fewer than 250 employees can now claim for coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (S...
Innovate UK Announces COVID-19 Continuity Grants a...
Through this coronavirus business innovation support package, grants and loans are available for exi...
Future Fund Opens to Support High Growth Businesse...
The Government's £500 million Future Fund is now open for applications, with innovative and high-gro...
Government Launches £40m Clean Growth Fund for Gre...
A fund has been set up as a venture capital vehicle to accelerate early-stage green businesses in th...
Announcement of National Innovation Centre for Rur...
New centre to help unlock potential of the UK’s rural economies
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Swindon's solar power increases
PPS reports 20% rise in generation of green energy compared to last year.
Liz Truss kick-starts trade negotiations with Japa...
The UK is publishing its negotiating objectives for a free trade agreement with Japan.
Chemring completes $17m US sale
Chemring's US subsidiary Chemring Ordance, Inc bought by Nammo Defence Systems inc.
GWP Group assists with PPE work
1,000 visors to be donated out of new cross-county manufacturing partnership.
New Free Business Advice Service during Covid-19
The Institute of Chartered Acccountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has a UK-wide Business Advice S...
Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces
The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, tr...
New guidance launched to help get Brits safely bac...
Government publishes guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running an...
BCS supports use of coronavirus app
Privacy concerns must be addressed while using new coronavirus app.
Multi-million pound investment at Wasdell
New packaging equipment to be acquired.
NFU responds to government support package for dai...
A support package to help English dairy farmers hit by an economic storm caused by the Coronavirus p...
New funding to support dairy farmers through coron...
A new fund will enable eligible dairy farmers in England to access up to £10,000 each to help them o...
Dedicated app for social care workers launched
A new dedicated app for the adult social care workforce in England has been launched to support staf...
Clarke Holt announces appointments
Co-founder Jeremy Holt, of Clark Holt Solicitors is to retire.
Businesses urged to seek pandemic funding support
Wiltshire Council calls for applications for funding during the pandemic.
The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon C...
Support Wiltshire Community Foundation's Coronavirus fund for voluntary groups.
£6.1 million funding boost to help high streets an...
Business Improvement Districts will receive funding in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandem...
Self-employed invited to get ready to make their c...
HMRC will begin contacting customers who may be eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income...
Bounce Back Loan Scheme opens for applications fro...
Bounce Back Loans target small and micro businesses in all sectors
Top-up to local business grant funds scheme
A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the ...
Swindon to receive an extra £6.2m in funds
Government support Swindon Borough Council in coronavirus crisis.
Devizes Brewery Converts 3 Tankers of Beer into Ha...
Devizes brewery Wadworth has put three tankers' worth of surplus beer to good use – by having it con...
Parking help provided for front-line workers
Chipside working with local authorities to help support the NHS.
Wasdell acquires specialist packaging firm
Wasdell aquire packaging company, well on the way to becoming a fully integrated supplier.
Coronavirus Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
The chancellor announced a new 100% government backed loan scheme for small businesses.
Code First Girls Retraining Programme
Code First Girls are doing 4 week online training programmes.
Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply ...
Cyberwell create e-learning Cyber Security and Dat...
Cyberwell have designed and built an e-learning Cyber Security and Data Management tool that is avai...
New guidance on how to innovate responsibly
This new document provides guidance for companies that want to innovate responsibly and to demonstra...
GWP Group teams up with engineering company to sup...
A Wiltshire packaging supplier has joined forces with an engineering company from Gloucestershire to...
New free online learning platform to boost workpla...
Online platform ‘The Skills Toolkit’ will help people to build their skills during the coronavirus o...
Bedding needed for people leaving hospital
Businesses across Wiltshire are being asked to help support the local efforts in tackling COVID-19.
Redrow Outlines site reopening plans around the UK
Housebuilding giant Redrow has outlined plans to reopen its sites and return to construction.
Queen's Award for BG International
A major overseas supplier, based in Swindon, has been recognised with a Queen's Award.
Swindon publishes eligible Swindon businesses have...
Swindon lists small businesses, and retail/hospitality/leisure businesses, that may be eligible for ...
IPR offers virtual pairing scheme to help policyma...
People working in policy at local, national and international levels can now apply for the IPR virtu...
Beard runs 90% of construction sites
Aims to break ‘vicious circle’ of closures by taking extra precautionary measures to make sure their...
Data transfer company relocates in Swindon
Secure Data Media Solutions has signed a new lease at County Park Business Centre.
Business stories from across Swindon and Wiltshire
Help document local business response to Coronavirus.
Public urged to flag coronavirus related email sca...
A 'Cyber Aware' campaign and other services have been launched to combat cyber security threats.
Government launches new coronavirus business suppo...
A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly a...
Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund
This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies whic...
Dairy industry to join together to manage milk sup...
Competition rules temporarily relaxed to allow dairy industry to work together more during coronavir...
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step gui...
This guide explains the information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees’ wag...
Business Engagement – Value or Vanity?
Effective business engagement can play a hugely valuable role in helping to build resilience in the ...
Coronavirus (COVID-19): increased risk of fraud an...
This alert provides information and advice for charities about coronavirus (COVID-19) related fraud ...
Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measu...
Now More Than Ever, Every Mind Matters
PHE have launched a new campaign to support people to manage their mental wellbeing during this diff...