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Young Entrepreneurs Swindon Network Launch - The Purpose of Networks
31st 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 what their needs are?
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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...
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 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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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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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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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.
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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...
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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Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
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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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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).
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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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Funding Annoucement
Take on the biggest healthcare challenges: apply f...
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to develop technologies, products and proce...
Looking for feedback on the Governments EU Exit we...
Help other businesses by providing feedback to the Government on their advisory website.
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Seeking disability sector champions for 2019
The Office for Disability Issues are seeking disability sector champions in 7 sectors.
Preparing for EU exit - Department for Business, E...
An update on EU exit preparations by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
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Government launches world leading plan to tackle a...
Government has launched an ambitious new strategy to clean up our air and save lives.
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One to one business advice
Register with the i2s programme for free business advice
Making sense of business regulations: apply for co...
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £1.25 million to help the government find innovative wa...
UK brings largest ever delegation to world's bigge...
Over 100 British companies are showcasing UK innovation in the technology and automotive sectors at ...
Funding Annoucement
Disruptive, high-impact aerospace technologies: ap...
Organisations can get grants to develop game-changing solutions to UK aerospace challenges and bring...
Funding Annoucement
Apply for grants if your business completes custom...
Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your busin...
Networking
Launch of a a new young entrepreneurs networking ...
Launch of a a new young entrepreneurs networking group in Swindon and Wiltshire – aimed at 18-35 ye...
Brexit - No Deal
Government Launches new toolkit for businesses: Pr...
Discover the laws and regulation changes relevant to your business
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Get set for the Techies 2019
The Techies - Technology Awards Swindon and Wiltshire. Following the hugely successful inaugural Te...
Funding Annoucement
£675 million fund to transform high streets and to...
The Future High Streets fund will help local leaders implement bold new visions to transform their t...
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Grants available for SMEs looking to export
Applications are now open for UK businesses to apply for grants of up to £2,500 to attend internatio...
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Marvel legends assemble to inspire next generation...
Marvel joins campaign to encourage young people from different backgrounds to consider a career in e...
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Tell us how you are helping to deliver the Global ...
We are inviting people and organisations to share information about their projects that contribute t...
More than £2 billion Brexit preparation funding aw...
More than 25 government departments and arms-length bodies have gone through a needs-based funding p...
Brexit - No Deal
Some advice on how to prepare if the UK leaves the...
Business Continuity Management is about protecting the things in your business that you can’t afford...
Government announces new Code of Practice to tackl...
A package of 12 announcements has been launched today to tackle sexual harassment at work, including...
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Future vehicles powered by low carbon tech: apply ...
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million for collaborative projects that significant...
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Largest upgrade in a generation to workplace right...
New legislation to upgrade workers’ rights introduced today - including a day one statement of right...
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Salisbuy based Defence Science and Technology Labo...
Staff at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have been shortlisted for the coveted ...
Blazing a Trail with National Apprenticeship Week ...
‘Blaze a Trail’ will be the theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (NAW 2019), Apprenticeships ...
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World-first carbon 'net-zero' hub of heavy industr...
At COP24 climate talks in Poland, UK government sets world-leading ambition for first 'net-zero carb...
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Businesses urged to have their say on National Par...
The government's call for evidence on the Designated Landscapes Review will end on 18 December.
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New entitlement to Parental Bereavement Leave and ...
A new workplace right to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay for parents who lose a child under the a...
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Register as an interested party in the Nationally ...
Up to date information with the proposed improvements to the A303 past Stonehenge.
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World-leading projects in UK aerospace: funding fo...
Organisations are invited to propose innovative projects that could benefit the UK aerospace industr...
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Cyber - a world of opportunity for ex-Forces
Corsham based Salute My Job supporting our military community with a series of Cyber Security course...
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UK trade with Canada up 14% since new free trade a...
New statistics released last week reveal that British businesses are benefiting from the increased a...
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New Funding Available: Detection and identificatio...
Organisations can apply for a share of £250,000, including VAT, to develop innovative detection tech...
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Funding call for reducing plastic pollution: ocean...
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop solutions that tackle the environ...
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Local Industrial Strategies to drive growth across...
The Local Industrial Strategies will build on local strengths and drive growth across the UK.
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Power Up with up-to £100k TDAP funding
Helping to Accelerate SME Innovations to Market
5 tips to help you file your accounts on time
Companies House top tips for proper filing.
Disability champions set to open industry doors
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities the government is announcing that it will be recru...
Christmas bonus for millions of workers
Workers can claim a rebate on their expenses and get and an early present from HMRC.
Local Industrial Strategies to drive growth across...
The Local modern Industrial Strategies will build on local strengths and drive growth across the UK.
236,000 UK businesses making the most of overseas ...
The number of UK businesses exporting abroad has increased by 6.6% to 235,800 in 2017, according to ...
26,000 new businesses set up by entrepreneurial jo...
Jobseekers have set up more than 26,000 new businesses under the New Enterprise Allowance scheme.
Adobe invest £63.5 million in booming UK creative ...
Software giant Adobe has today (29 November) announced a substantial investment into the UK with a c...
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Entries for the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards are ...
The next regional awards ceremonies will take place during October 2019
Business and communities should plan now for clima...
The Environment Agency is calling on businesses to prepare as latest climate change projections are ...
Grants for businesses that complete customs declar...
Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your busin...
New grants for setting up a childminder business o...
The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is open to newly registered early years childminders, childcare...
Google teams up with Near.St to give a boost to sm...
Google and Near.St to help customers see what is available in local shops in their search results.
It's official the South West is the best place to ...
The South West continues to have the highest five-year survival rate
Case Study: Ocean Footprint makes an export splash...
Ocean Footprint, a Salisbury-based boat part manufacturer, is set to make waves in Australia with a ...
UK Israel open collaborative competition 2018
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative technologies targeting...
Businesses urged to claim £2500 voucher for broadb...
Businesses around the UK are being urged to make use of a £2500 voucher for gigabit broadband speeds...
60 Minutes a new collection of business events for...
Salisbury and District Chamber of Commerce launches an innovative range of events for businesses in ...
New board appointed to lead world-first Centre for...
Expert advisers appointed to shape the work of the world’s first Centre for Data Ethics and Innovati...
Opening of business applications for the new UK In...
UK businesses can now apply to be included on a list of businesses able to support overseas firms to...
National Armed Forces Day 2019
Sponsorship and trading opportunities at the 2019 National Armed Forces Day
New 'Social Value' contracts to revolutionise gove...
New government procurement measures announced.
Exploring foreign investment: where does the UK in...
Understand the UK's investment relationships with countries around the world since 1999.
Facebook backs government campaign to inspire inno...
Facebook announces support for the Year of Engineering as part of its commitment to investing in UK ...
General grant opportunity for charities and volunt...
Salisbury City Council are very pleased to be able to offer an opportunity to charities, community a...
Government supports charities to go digital
Government announces £1 million funding to support programmes helping charities to improve their dig...
2018 Community Rail Strategy released
Rallying call comes as updated Community Rail Strategy is launched
20,000 business opportunities for UK exporters sho...
The enhanced Export Opportunities service for UK companies will be showcased on GREAT.gov.uk by Inte...
Minimum wage: work experience and internships
Guidance on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage for organisations who offer work expe...
VisitEngland launches online programme to support ...
Support for SME's from Visit England's new online hub
In Full:Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the U...
Progress on the UK’s exit from, and future relationship with, the European Union
SME support to evaluate innovative medical technol...
SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, ...
UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme
The UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme provides grant funding to industrial research and...
Safer online shopping and selling for Internationa...
Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) calls on sellers to take proper responsibility for ch...
New immersive designs to transform audience experi...
Projects have received funding to apply human-centred design to understand user needs and create new...
'Purple Tuesday' is the UK's first accessible shop...
Today launches ‘Purple Tuesday’, the UK’s first accessible shopping day, organised by the disability...
Launch of the online toolbox for SME's using or co...
Tony Porter launches his online toolbox, a collection of resources to help you comply with the surve...
FTSE companies urged to appoint more women leaders
Figures published today in the Hampton-Alexander Review's 2018 report show a welcome increase in the...
Salisbury - Best Dressed Christmas Window Competit...
Salisbury BID is raising the retail game this festive season with a best dressed window competition.
£109 million investment to create 359 high tech jo...
Hundreds of high-tech jobs created from overseas investment into the UK’s thriving FinTech, informat...
Quantum leap: prototype devices will be ready in 2...
From underground sensors to safer communications, quantum pioneer funding will develop cutting-edge ...
Teachers to benefit from £8 million initiative to ...
Multi-million pound initiative will help teachers and leaders prepare for new T Levels
Five new business councils to advise the Prime Min...
The Prime Minister has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best busines...
Package of measures unveiled to boost apprenticesh...
The government today announced a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides peopl...
Creating apps for travellers with disability: appl...
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £150,000 to develop a mobile app to support travellers ...
Breathe easy with cleaner air: new funding to figh...
£5 million competition invites ideas to reduce the cause of vehicle emissions, minimise the amount o...
Consultation: Understanding the needs of small and...
The Alan Turing Institute has launched a consultation about the needs of small and medium-sized firm...
Innovate with a business-academic partnership: ap...
You can improve your business' competitiveness and productivity through funded partnerships with aca...
Government and CMA to research targeting of consum...
Research commissioned to look at the practice of retailers targeting online shoppers
Regional angel investment accelerator pilot: findi...
Angel groups can apply to partner with Innovate UK to distribute grant funding alongside their inves...
Work Begins at Wiltshire College & University Cent...
Work has started on the redevelopment of Wiltshire College & University Centre’s Salisbury Campus.
International trade budget boost for global Britai...
More than £2 billion to expand the UK’s trade presence across the world and increase UK Export Finan...
New funding puts UK at the forefront of cutting ed...
Funding announced in the Autumn Budget will give scientists the chance to come up with ways to devel...
£200 million to kickstart full fibre broadband acr...
New "outside-in" approach will see most remote parts of the UK amongst the first to benefit
Up to £50 million to develop world leading AI tale...
New investment will help the UK get the top AI talent from across the world.
Tackling Knife crime: Detection of steel-bladed kn...
Announcement of an upcoming competition seeking innovative technologies and approaches that help to ...
October 2018 - Budget Summary
This at a glance budget summary gives you the rundown of the key announcements and updates.
Rising Stars applications close shortly
The UK’s newest and most exciting pitch competition.
New funding to drive improvements in immersive con...
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for innovation projects that support better, mo...
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Growth Hub Brexit Forum - Navigating the business ...
For businesses, Brexit can be a complex and changing picture, however there is support in a number o...
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Businesses can Enjoy Discounts at Swindon’s Ground...
Trial the benefits and facilities Swindon's new work-space for entrepreneurs, pioneers and creative ...
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Businesses in the South West warned to watch out f...
The CMA is calling for more whistle-blowers to expose business cartels with the launch of a national...
Latest ONS figures show exports in services contin...
Figures released today (24 October 2018) show services exports grew to £286 billion, increasing by 6...
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Partnership pack: preparing for a 'no deal' EU exi...
A number of guidance documents have been published on how to prepare for Brexit if there's No Deal.
BEIS graduate and experienced entrants programmes.
Find out about our graduate and experienced entrants programmes and how to apply.
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£215 million additional investment for UK innovati...
Further investment in the UK’s internationally-renowned Catapult innovation centres has been announc...
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Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme - Are you Ready?
Small to medium-sized businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either indivi...
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SBRI: improve firefighters’ operations and safety ...
Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25 million (including VAT) for an instantly deployable sol...
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Government Officials from South Korea Visit Wiltsh...
Delegation of 23 South Korean Officials visit the county to gain insight and understanding of the UK...
Call for new green innovations to tackle climate c...
Innovators and researchers can bid for a share of £60 million with their ideas to make our air clean...
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Home Office tells business: open up on modern slav...
Businesses that don't say how they guard against these crimes in their supply chains risk being publ...
Engineering SME Leaders Programme Open for Applica...
The SME Leaders programme is open for applications. Apply by 4 pm, 26 November 2018.
Dissolving seaweed sauce sachets among innovative ...
Moving to a greener, cleaner economy which helps protect the environment is a key part of the govern...
Over a thousand companies sign up for new counter ...
ACT Awareness is an innovative hour-long course that could save lives
Driving ambition in green finance
Government will be investing up to £20 million alongside at least £20 million from private investors...
Making Tax Digital for VAT pilot open for business...
A pilot for a new online VAT service was launched today, with HMRC inviting more than half a million...
Fair funding for farmers across all parts of the U...
Independent panel will look at how funding supports the needs of England, Scotland, Wales and Northe...
Major retailers help consumers be greener by burni...
In celebration of Green Great Britain Week, leading retailers across the UK have pledged to encourag...
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£30 million commitment to help farmers boost produ...
Further rounds of funding for the popular small grants scheme for farmers has been confirmed
Future Fifty and Upscale Applications now open
The UK's leading growth programmes for scaleups are now open for applications.
Boots UK pharmacy in Amesbury has been cleared as ...
Wiltshire Council working with Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has confir...
Cleaner and more efficient railways: apply for con...
New rail technologies could help meet demand and offer more sustainable, better quality services.
The IGL Grants Programme is now open! Apply now to...
IGL Grants Programme: Supporting randomised controlled trials to find out what works to increase inn...
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Parajet Xplorer Sky Quad UK Launch at Swindon & Wi...
Over 300 influential leaders and business people will descend on Longleat today for the Swindon and ...
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Government support to boost skills and prosperity
Philip Hammond today announced a package of measures to support business to boost skills, growth and...
FSB chairman visits recovering Salisbury businesse...
The resilience of Salisbury’s small firms, the challenges of self-employment and Brexit were all up ...
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Zero emission vehicles: New funding to drive devel...
Businesses working on ultra-low or zero-emission projects can apply for a share of £22 million to de...
Community Business Fund Round
Community Business Fund provides grants between £50,000 and £300,000
World’s First in Aviation Technology at Swindon & ...
Aviation enthusiast and global entrepreneur Gilo Cardozo will be showcasing a world’s first in aviat...
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“A Fish Rots From the Head” says 75 Year-Old MD of...
Leaving School Molly Fisher aspired to be an art teacher but her love of art and fascination with qu...
FSB sets out plan to help high street businesses t...
A freeze on business rates, increased free town centre parking and safeguards around access to cash ...
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Industrial Strategy to boost medicine production: ...
There is up to £8 million available as part of a fund to support the UK to deliver leading-edge heal...
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New funds to boost diversity of people working in ...
Over £1 million will be available for initiatives which will help boost the digital skills of underr...
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The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019 are...
The search is on for Wiltshire’s most outstanding small businesses and self-employed
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Carriage Works shortlisted for prestigious plannin...
Swindon’s iconic Carriage Works has been shortlisted in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Sou...
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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise - Could you be t...
Top tips for a successful Queen's Awards application - Deadline 12th September
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"Marketing is a contest for people's attention" - ...
New Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub Marketing Executive Role
Boost Your Digital Advantage - DigiShed Drop-in Se...
The DigiShed Smart Skills Course seeks to engage with all types of learners who are looking to start...
The 2018 SWLEP Annual Report
The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Economic Partnership (SWLEP) has published its 2018 Annual Report
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Continued business support activities announced fo...
Support for businesses affected by the difficult trading situation in Salisbury and Amesbury.
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FSB "Self-employed optimism drops as sole traders ...
Confidence among the self-employed community has fallen significantly over the last 18 months, accor...
Community meetings confirmed for Salisbury and Ame...
Two more community meetings have been arranged to provide an update on the ongoing incident.
Has your business been impacted by the Salisbury &...
If your business has been impacted by the incident, please fill out the following survey.
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Additional funding support package of £2.8m for S...
This new package is in addition to the £2.5 million that has been made available since March to supp...
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How productive is your business? - Interactive too...
The Office for National Statistics has produced an interactive tool that aids businesses to calculat...
Free parking in Amesbury
All council-run car parks in Amesbury (Central and Church Street) and Salisbury will be free from mi...
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Amesbury and Salisbury - Community update meeting
Important meeting arranged in support of local businesses following the recent incident in Salisbury...
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Design Council Launches Design Economy 2018 Report
The Design Economy 2018 highlights the substantial contribution design makes to the UK.
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Swindon and Wiltshire businesses to benefit from £...
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Swindon and Wiltshire are urged to take advantage of a ...
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The Great British High Street - 2018 AWARDS ENTRIE...
The high street is the life and soul of communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ire...
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Royal Academy of Engineering - Applications now op...
The Royal Academy of Engineering has opened up applications to support the next cohort of high growt...
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Ten things to think about before you go it alone i...
Named as one of the UK’s top female entrepreneurs, Pip Jamieson, founder of ‘No Collar’ network The ...
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FSB welcomes visa cap relaxation
Responding to the expected relaxation of the Visa Cap for Tier 2, non UK, non EEA workers
Higher Futures – Skills for Swindon & Wiltshire’s ...
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Strength in Places Fund - UK Research & Innovation...
A new competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation fundin...
Swindon’s New “Workshed” Offers 150 Co-Working Spa...
SME Innovators’ Incubation Centre Opens 1st June. Swindon’s New “Workshed” Offers 150 Co-Working Spa...
Update on the plans for re-opening of The Maltings...
Preparations to reopen The Maltings walkway and the businesses affected are now under way.
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Hydrogen Hub welcomes Energy Minister Claire Perry...
Find out what happened when Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry attended the Hydrogen Hub ...
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Shaping Our Local Industrial Strategy
The SWLEP are gearing up to create an industry-led Local Industrial Strategy that harnesses sector s...
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Terrorism insurers will have to play catch-up amid...
Call for 'Greater understanding needed about CBRN " after the Salisbury attack - Article from Insur...
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Salisbury Gift Card Launches to Businesses
Shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants are among dozens of businesses invited to sign up to Salisbury’s ...
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Changes to free parking in Salisbury
Monday 14 May Wiltshire Council-run car parks in Salisbury will change to free from midday on weekda...
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OVO Energy Tour Series coming to Salisbury
As part of the recovery programme for Salisbury, the city will host cycling's Grand Final of the OVO...
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Are you ready? - Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme...
Full fibre networks are the future and getting ready for a gigabit speed is a key step for most busi...
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LES COLOMBES, a Michael Pendry Installation - Call...
A community project has been launched that will see shops, homes and schools making paper doves and ...
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£210k to Support Businesses in Salisbury
A new capital fund to support affected businesses in their recovery from the major incident in Salis...
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The Green Alley Award - 25,000 Euros Prize Money
The Green Alley Award is the award for startups and entrepreneurs in the circular economy.
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Enterprising Britain Awards 2018
The 2018 Enterprising Britain Awards are now open for entries.
Higher Education Event Success and Free Skills Sup...
Read about the recent SWLEP Higher Education event which saw employers, providers and learners discu...
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New changes to encourage small businesses to apply...
The government is announcing tough new measures to level the playing field for smaller businesses bi...
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Wiltshire Council announce that clean-up work und...
Clean-up work is beginning in Salisbury after the appalling nerve agent attack, to bring a small num...
Salisbury city recovery update meeting
More than 300 people attended the latest community meeting last night (11 April 2018) to hear an upd...
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Salisbury Business - Free Advice Clinics
A Business Adviser will be available at Wiltshire Council's Enterprise Centre at 1 Salt Lane to help...
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How Salisbury BID Is Representing You & Your Busin...
Salisbury Bid has outlined how it is supporting it's BID members. They have published the following...
Creative Industries Sector Deal published
A Cultural Development Fund will also be launched for cities and towns to bid for a share of £20 mil...
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£8m Loan Fund for Business Growth in Swindon & Wil...
Businesses invited to make applications up to around £2m in support of capital projects that help st...
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Government sets out £2.5 million for Salisbury fol...
New funding announced today will keep the city of Salisbury and its businesses thriving
Salisbury has hardly been out of the news for more...
Support Salisbury: 8 reasons why you should visit market town after spy attack
Salisbury - Ongoing Business Support Update
Update for the local business community
Salisbury City parking to be free for shoppers and...
Wiltshire Council has decided to make parking all its car parks in the city free in response to feed...
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Is your business embracing digital technology oppo...
Join us for a Business Breakfast and play your part in shaping a robust local Digital Strategy, whic...
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Local employers urged to rethink apprenticeships d...
As part of National Apprenticeship Week (5 to 9 March 2018) Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Par...
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Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: tell InnovateU...
The aim of this call is to identify the third wave of industry-led challenges in the Industrial Stra...
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"Shining a Light" - Wiltshire Business Awards
As proud sponsors of the Wiltshire Business "Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility Awar...
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£30,000 competition prize for the latest and the ...
BT has launched a competition for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in partnership with the Cabine...
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£60m farming productivity fund launched at Dairy-T...
A new £60m grants scheme to buy new farm equipment has been announced by Farming Minister George Eus...
British Business Bank support for Carillion suppli...
The government-owned British Business Bank will provide up to £100m in funding for loans to small bu...
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Swindon among the country’s best towns and cities
Swindon continues to have one of the best economies, according to a leading independent think tank.
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Gain the skills you need to commercialise your bio...
This project intends to help start-ups and SMEs to overcome technological and non-technological barr...
A Green Future - Government launches 25 Year Envir...
The 25 Year Environment Plan that the Government has recently published outlines the steps they prop...
Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub wins recognition
The team at the Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub are celebrating this week after it was announced this...
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Carillion Compulsory Liquidation - Advice sources ...
Carillion have filed for compulsory liquidation, an Official Receiver has been appointed and conting...
Over half a million small businesses helped by Gro...
Growth Hubs are having significant positive impact on the take-up of national support programmes, an...
Don’t miss out on Rural Business grants
If your business is in a rural area you could be missing out on grant funding to start or grow your ...
Why 2018 could be the year for Europe's next $100b...
What does 2018 look like for Swindon and Wiltshire...
The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise (SWLEP) looks at what 2018 holds for the area.
Funding Opportunity - Flood mitigation measures th...
Is your business currently delivering flood protection to domestic properties? Could this project pr...
Are you a small business with a big heart?
The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise (SWLEP) is sponsoring the Wiltshire Business Awards ‘Corpor...
Supporting Low Carbon Energy Across Swindon and Wi...
The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership welcomes the launch of a £3.75m grant fund fo...
Pitch@Palace 9.0 – Applications Open
The Theme for Pitch@Palace 9.0 is “Data, Intelligence, and The Future of Security”
Have your say on university level courses in Swind...
Help us better understand the skills and qualifications required now and in the future.
Training Contract (South West) - Open Opportunity
Science and Technology Facilities Council are seeking organisations to deliver a training programme ...
FSB responds to 2017 Autumn Budget
Mary Webb, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Wiltshire Chairman, responds to the 2017 Autumn Budg...
Green light for £270m Swindon leisure centre
Plans to build a 500,000 sq ft regional leisure scheme in Swindon have been given the go ahead.
First of a Kind competition: transform tomorrow’s ...
Innovative, real-time working models of ideas to transform rail passenger travel could benefit from ...