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Global Business Accelerator Programme visit to Israel
Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a technology visit to Israel for businesses...
guide 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...
guide 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...
guide 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...
guide 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...
guide 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...
guide Costing or Pricing a Product or Service - Guide
Setting the right price for a new product or service can be one of the hardest tasks faced by small business owners. Costing a product or service is r...
Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) - 2017 End of Year Review
EEN shares some of their work highlights from 2017
advice Business Opportunity Factsheets
Explore our A-Z business opportunity index covering a cross-section of industries.
advice 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...
case study Ludgershall couple's double celebration – in love and in business!
Clearly Software
report The Swindon Investment Guide
Thinking of relocating your business to the Swindon area? The Swindon Investment Guide contains information on recent economic successes, current pro...
Visitor Economy Wiltshire
This site offers a comprehensive guide to Wiltshire including accommodation, what's on and visitor attractions. Particularly useful for food and drin...
case study A Recipe for Success; Business Expansion and Management Development
Porton Biopharma Limited
case study Higher Futures, Learning and Development, using a love of the past to go forward...
Help for Heroes
case study Marketing That Drives Sales
Procol
case study Wiltshire entrepreneur fills gap in niche fabric market
Helen Baker Fabric Design
report 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.
guide 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.
advice Tax relief and incentives for businesses
As part of the overall funding landscape, there are plenty of government schemes and incentives available to businesses.
guide Preparing Your Organisation For Growth
Companies that address their organizational weaknesses as they implement growth strategies give themselves an advantage.
guide Health & Safety
This introductory guide explains the main steps that must be taken to ensure that an employer complies with health and safety regulations.
advice 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.
guide 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.
advice Apprenticeships for Small Business
This guide provides an overview of apprenticeships for small business and describes the benefits to business and apprentices. It outlines the differen...
guide 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.
guide 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...
advice 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.
advice Degree Apprenticeships - A New Route
Degree Apprenticeships offer a great solution for those that want to learn and earn.
The Art of Getting What You Want
Negotiation is the nitty-gritty of the actual transaction between customer and business. Yet strangely enough, it’s something that most sales people a...
Interview with Steven Smith, Founder of Poundland
Alison Edgar recently interviewed Steven Smith, founder of Poundland to find out what exactly made his business tick
case study Research scientist changes career
Lisa Berry was working as a research scientist in 2009 when she decided to start her own business Cheeky Little Prints creating bespoke jewellery emb...
guide Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
This guide provides brief descriptions of UK and European IP rights.
guide Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
guide Using Copyright to Protect Your Work
This introductory guide explains the principle of copyright and how you can use it to protect original work
guide 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...
guide 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.
advice Choosing and Using an Accountant
This guide explains the services offered by accountants, what to look for when choosing an accountant and how to find and appoint one. It provides inf...
guide Food Safety Legislation
Food Safety Legislation applies to any firm that is involved in the production, processing, storage, distribution and sale of food.
guide 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.
guide Environmental Protection Act 1990
A Guide to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the obligations of business owners.
advice Tackling Swindon's skills gap
A recurring theme that Swindon businesses raise is the trouble they have recruiting highly skilled workers
report The Importance of skills in the work place
Leadership and Management Skills amongst the most important for business success.
guide Environmental Regulations - A Guide
Understand environmental regulations and how to manage the impact of your business.
advice Overview of available European Funding
​Various European funding networks offer financial support for businesses of all types.
advice 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.
guide Methods of Entering Export Markets
This guide will help you select an export market-entry method that is suitable for your business. It explains the difference between direct and indire...
guide Costing and Pricing a Product or Service
It is important to understand the impact of pricing on profitability and be able to choose the best pricing strategy for a business.
guide Creating a Marketing Strategy
This factsheet explains the importance of having a marketing strategy, and how to use it properly to maximise the success of a business. It also inclu...
advice 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.
tool 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...
guide Appointing a Non-Executive Director
This guide looks at the duties involved in the role, the legal responsibilities, the time commitment expected of non-executive directors.
guide What makes Wiltshire work?
Wiltshire-based startups seem to have a particularly strong chance of being a success.
guide Starting up 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.
tool Writing a Business Plan
This tool describes what a business plan should include, how to write one and what are its benefits.
guide Choosing the Right Legal Structure
This factsheet outlines the main legal structures for a business (sole trader, partnership, LTD, LLP and CIC).
advice 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.
advice 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...
case study Credit manager launches own consultancy
After working in credit management for many years Nicki Kinton decided she wanted to make a positive difference.

News

advice Carillion Compulsory Liquidation - Advice sources ...
Carillion have filed for compulsory liquidation, an Official Receiver has been appointed and conting...
featured 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...
featured 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 ...
featured Why 2018 could be the year for Europe's next $100b...
featured What does 2018 look like for Swindon and Wiltshire...
The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise (SWLEP) looks at what 2018 holds for the area.
featured Funding Opportunity - Flood mitigation measures th...
Is your business currently delivering flood protection to domestic properties? Could this project pr...
featured Are you a small business with a big heart?
The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise (SWLEP) is sponsoring the Wiltshire Business Awards ‘Corpor...
featured 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 ...
featured Swindon & Wiltshire LEP - Head of Investment and E...
Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) Vacancy
featured FSB responds to 2017 Autumn Budget
Mary Webb, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Wiltshire Chairman, responds to the 2017 Autumn Budg...
featured 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 ...
Woodland Creations Grant for 2018 Announced
The Forestry Commission have announced the launch of Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant...
A borrower be
Funding options for businesses have multiplied rapidly over the last few years.
awards Could you be the South West FSB Small Business of ...
The South West awards final will be held at Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton on 20th February...
New FSB Business Creation scheme launches
The UK’s thriving start-up scene has spurred Federation of Small Business (FSB) to establish a new m...
featured Wiltshire Business Awards 2018 open for business
More than 100 entrepreneurs, small to medium enterprises, and larger businesses came together at tit...
featured Meeting the UK's £84 billion productivity challeng...
Higher Futures, in partnership with the University of South Wales, will be delivering an 8 day ILM a...
Dyson Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Trailblaze...
Higher Futures is reaching out to businesses who may be interested in being part of a Trailblazer Gr...
Design Council - Got a bright idea worth £200k?
The Design Council have announced the next round of Design Council Spark
featured Porton Science Park - a focus for innovation
Porton Science Park is an exciting new addition to the established Porton Science Campus, home to th...
Set up your own online farmer's market
After a successful launch in Somerset, The Food Assembly is looking to grow its network of organiser...
Unlocking the Digital Potential of Rural Areas
Rural England CIC has launched a research project, supported by Amazon, on Unlocking the Digital Pot...
Switch On To Swindon
Switch on to Swindon A campaign designed to highlight the strength of Swindon as a great place in wh...
New Work Wiltshire website launched
An all new Work Wiltshire website aimed at people including, employers, young people, parents/carers...
EPSRC launches 'Inclusion Matters' call
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has launched an open, competitive cal...
Ploughshare successes continue to support UK prosp...
Ploughshare Innovations announces that it has provided an increasing number of growth and economic b...
featured SWLEP announces new Board Members
The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) has appointed five new members to its...
Corsham's Mansion House, a place to do business
Chuck Berry, cabinet member for economic development, recently spoke to BBC Wiltshire about the tran...

Events

Networking #FSBConnect Swindon Networking
Swindon £12
Workshop Marketing Made Easy - Bristol
Bristol £40 +VAT Hosted by Business West - Enterprise Services
Workshop Business Planning and Finance for Business - Swindon
Swindon £10 +VAT Hosted by Business West - Enterprise Services
Workshop Easy Peasy Sales Workshop
Bristol 129+VAT Hosted by The Entrepreneur's Godmother
Networking ‘Getting your business found in the online jungle’ - SEO and other opportunities
Marlborough No fee Hosted by Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE)
Workshop You Can Export: How to Sell Overseas
Swindon Free Hosted by Business West - International
Seminar Employment Law and Intellectual Property seminar for Business Owners
Swindon FREE Hosted by Swindon Borough Council - Business Growth
Networking Running your own business is easy......isn't it??
Marlborough No fee Hosted by Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE)
Exhibition Mum's Enterprise Roadshow
Brighton FREE Hosted by Mum's Enterprise Events
Conference Swindon JobFest
Swindon NA Hosted by Work Wiltshire
Conference Swindon & Wiltshire Women in Business Conference
Calne From £37 Hosted by TEN The Enterprise Network
Networking Ladies Love Lunch by PPS Chartered Accountants
Swindon £15 with donations to charity
Exhibition The Bath Business Expo 2018
Bath Free
Seminar Inspire Strategy Seminar
Trowbridge 10 Hosted by Inspire
Conference Innovation South Showcase
Farnborough TBC
Conference Exhibition Networking ArchitEx 2018 - Exhibition, conference and networking reception
Liverpool Free
Swindon Expo - The Steam Musuem, 5 July 2018
Swindon Free conference/paid for workshops

Community Insights

tool Top 10 Online Business Tools You Should Be Using!
Alison Edgar 'The Entrepreneur’s Godmother' shares the top 10 online business tools that she uses. Some of these tools are completely free and other...
Plan it, don't wing it
Plan it, don't wing a phrase true of most things in business and I have blogged many times about the importance of a plan.
Skills Dyslexia and design - Article from The Design Council
Is Dyslexia a weakness or a strength? Designers discuss how they feel dyslexia enables them to think differently
Essential Business Skills
Successful business leaders care for their people, providing opportunities to grow and develop. Successful business leaders need to know those skill s...
Global Business Accelerator Programme visit to Israel
Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a technology visit to Israel for businesses...
guide 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...