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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
Closing certain businesses and venues
Updated 27 March 2020
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.
Infographic - A Small Business Guide to LinkedIn
A quick guide for SME's on how to get onto and into LinkedIn, one of the leading social media platforms for B2B
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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.
guide
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.
advice
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.
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
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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.
Community News
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...
advice
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...
advice
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.
guide
An Introduction to Cyber Essentials Certification
Whats the purpose and benefits to Cyber Essentials, the government-backed cyber security certification scheme for small firms.
advice
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.
advice
Marketing: Profiling a Target Audience
Do you know who your customers are and their needs?
advice
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.
advice
Spotting early signs of insolvency and ways to resolve it
Recognising the early signs of insolvency and seeking advice to turn things around.
advice
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.
guide
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...
guide
Start out with a business mentor
Maximise your potential by getting the right advice early on with a business mentor.
guide
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.
advice
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.
guide
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.
case study
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...
advice
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?
advice
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
guide
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.
advice
Apprenticeships for Small Business
This guide provides an overview of apprenticeships for small business and describes the benefits to business and apprentices.
advice
Can I apply for financial business support?
Guide to available business support funding for Salisbury businesses
guide
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.
guide
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...
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...
case study
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
advice
Business Opportunity Factsheets
Explore our A-Z business opportunity index covering a cross-section of industries.
case study
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...
case study
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...
case study
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
This guide provides brief descriptions of UK and European IP rights.
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
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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...
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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...
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
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.
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.

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£20 million for ambitious technologies to build UK...
Businesses to help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of coronavirus and similar futu...
Grants to Boost Tools for Vocational Training Duri...
Emergency funding is being offered in support of the UK’s vocational learning sector, enabling those...
New Rural Response Emergency Grants - Mid April De...
Funding for not-for-profit organisations that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolat...
COVID-19: New break in learning flexibility - How ...
Video on the new flexibility in the break in learning rule.
Cash support for food redistribution during corona...
The government has announced a £3 million fund for food redistribution organisations help them cut f...
Chancellor strengthens support on offer for busine...
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is today (Friday 3 April) taking further action to support firms affected...
Almost £400 million to keep England’s buses runnin...
Greater funding to keep bus routes running during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wiltshire businesses receiving much-needed financi...
Around £1.5 million has been issued to small businesses today (2 April 2020), as Wiltshire Council s...
COVID-19: Call for rapid sanitising technology for...
Do you have an innovative or novel approach to get ambulances cleaner quicker to help combat Coronav...
Coronavirus – Guidance on access to green spaces
Guidance on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others.
UK Government COVID-19 Support for Businesses
The Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Berne has compiled a summary of UK ...
Coronavirus important update on IPO services
Following government advice on measures to tackle the spread of the Coronavirus, we have closed acce...
Be vigilant against coronavirus scams
We are warning the public to be extra vigilant and be wary of scams related to coronavirus (Covid-19...
The ScaleUp Institute is closely engaging in coron...
Launch of the ScaleUp Covid-19 Information Hub with dedicated Innovate UK specialist advisers. Mobil...
Council makes support available to businesses in S...
Millions of pounds in lifeline funding will be given to small and medium-sized businesses by Swindon...
Chancellor outlines new coronavirus support measur...
26 March 2020 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
Fraud control in emergency management: COVID-19 UK...
Guidance for leaders and fraud experts in government bodies and local authorities that are administe...
GWR providing services for key workers
New timetable announced to help essential workers by prioritising key routes.
Dyson in race to develop a new ventilator
Government order for 10,000 units of Dyson Ventilators.
Swindon Borough Council announces package of measu...
The Leader of Swindon Borough Council has today (26 March) outlined a series of local measures desig...
Statement on vocational and technical qualificatio...
Ofqual will work with stakeholders to finalise an awarding approach.
Government launches Coronavirus Information Servic...
The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp.
Covid-19: Estate agents, lettings agencies and bin...
Many high street businesses that have closed due to Covid-19 restrictions will now be exempt from bu...
COVID-19 Support for manufacturers
From financial and HR support to pro-active supply chain management and strategic planning, we want ...
HM Government Coronavirus Business Support
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
Companies to receive 3-month extension period to f...
Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help compan...
Paper Bag Co responds to crisis
Encouraging delivery and takeaway food at a great price to help the community.
How to access government financial support if you ...
COVID-19 FACT SHEET
Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme r...
This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organi...
Dyson to develop ventilators for NHS
Wiltshire based Dyson join the effort to help the NHS at this crucial time.
Extra protection for businesses with ban on evicti...
Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.
Full guidance on staying at home and away from oth...
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in ord...
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support small and medium-sized businesses with ac...
Salisbury businesses go above and beyond expectati...
Many businesses in Salisbury city centre have adapted and grown their businesses and are offering ex...
New technology challenge to support people who are...
£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions...
Wiltshire Council promises to do 'All it can' to p...
Wiltshire Council has pledged to do "all it can" to protect businesses and safeguard jobs in the cou...
Coronavirus: advice for farmers and growers
AHDB and other organisations advice and support for farmers and growers surrounding COVID-19.
Comic Relief’s Community Fund Welcomes 2020 Applic...
Funding for local grassroots, community led groups to support capacity building or project delivery ...
Coronavirus (COVID-19): ventilator supply specific...
Specification of rapidly manufactured ventilator systems needed as part of the response to coronavir...
Chancellor announces workers’ support package
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers as government confirms further measures ...
Financial help for Swindon businesses
A message from Swindon Council to businesses struggling with COVID-19
Supporting your staff during Covid
Charlie Paradise from Public Health Swindon takes a look at a few tips to help manage your workplace...
Coronavirus - Wiltshire pubs and restaurants
Wiltshire Council publish further guidance for local pubs and restaurants
'Break in learning’ rule suspended for all affecte...
The government will let apprentices to take a “break in learning” if they cannot be assessed due to ...
Inspire offers coronavirus support to companies
Expert advice and information provided by Inspire.
COVID-19: Do all businesses have the ability to wo...
As more and more people are testing positive for COVID-19, employers seem to be backing remote worki...
Tax helpline to support businesses and self employ...
New HMRC helpline launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (C...
Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the dri...
Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules for drivers making essential deliveries to consu...
Support for Wiltshire businesses affected by COVID...
A coordinated response from Wiltshire Council to tackle some of the issues facing business in the co...
ACAS publish's a guide for employers to help with ...
This advice is being reviewed daily and they monitoring government announcements to update the page ...
Facebook launches Small Business Grants Program fo...
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses
HMRC prioritise applications to use denatured alco...
Manufacturers of hand sanitisers and gels will have their applications for denatured alcohol fast-tr...
Government to grant permission for pubs and restau...
Planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the ...
Senior Traffic Commissioner issues a Statutory Doc...
Document recognises the challenges that the Heavy Goods and Public Service Vehicle industries will f...
Chancellor announces additional support to protect...
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced unprecedented support for business and workers – to prote...
What the coronavirus bill will do?
Measures contained in the fast-tracked coronavirus legislation and why they are needed to effectivel...
Wiltshire Council publish a COVID-19 Community Pac...
Support for you and your community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Production and supply of ventilator components
Government is looking for organisations to support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator compo...
New guidance for households with possible COVID-19...
Next stage of COVID-19 public information campaign highlights guidance for households with possible ...
Government publishes updated COVID-19 industry gui...
New and updated industry guidance published on limiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), follow...
Coronavirus (COVID 19) - Online resources for busi...
A short summary of the online resources available to businesses impacted by COVID 19
COVID-19 Business Support announced in the Budget
A package of support message have been announced.
Reducing Unwanted Fire Signals in Commercial Busin...
Responding to automatic fire alarm (AFA) activations that subsequently turn out to be unwanted fire ...
Coronavirus advice for rights applicants
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has robust plans in place to maintain services for customers ...
COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and bu...
Information on healthcare advice for employers and support for businesses.
Self-isolation advice
What does self-isolating mean?
Taskforce to bolster local response to coronavirus
Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has launched a new taskforce bringing together senior expe...
Research to better understand cyber security guida...
An offer from the Behavioural Insights Team on behalf of the Economy & Society Engagement Team at th...
Don't ignore Cyber Security and your business
Tell us about Cyber Security and your business.
First cross-border ‘powerhouse’ the Western Gatewa...
The Western Gateway complements and develops the excellent work already taken place, supercharging t...
Bath Spa University introduces an MSc in Cyber Sec...
This new course launches in September 2020.
Wiltshire’s jewel in the crown given international...
Porton Science Park is awarded a coveted Life Sciences Opportunity Zone status.
Support in place for Honda staff and supply chain ...
A package of measures has been put in place to support workers affected by the closure of Swindon’s ...
Highways England launch Business Survey - A303 Ame...
To help understand the needs of local companies a new survey has been launched.
SWLEP Expert in Residence - Female Entrepreneurs I...
Book an appointment today to talk about starting your own business
Launch of digital tools for traders
Two digital tools on gov.uk launched to provide information to businesses exporting goods in and out...
£20m announced to fund vaccines for coronavirus an...
Government has pledged £20 million to develop a new vaccine for coronavirus and other infectious dis...
New Funding for Entrepreneurs Setting up Rural Fir...
Funding is being offered to help entrepreneurs start new businesses in rural areas of the UK.
Second Round of Transformational Project Grants Op...
Grants of up to £350,000 are available to support charitable organisations with historic-building re...
Trading Through Brexit scoops prestigious British ...
Business West has scooped the ‘Most Effective Campaigning’ award at the annual British Chambers of C...
VisitWiltshire wins best UK Tourist Board Website ...
VisitWiltshire’s website www.visitwiltshire.co.uk has been named the Best UK Tourist Board Website
Horizon 2020: Industrial Leadership - Dedicated SM...
Support is available for SMEs to take part in Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects.
Community News
Buy-in at Optimum Professional Services
Management team made up of equal partners
Launch of the 2020 Ashden Awards to Promote Sustai...
Launch of the 2020 Ashden Awards to Promote Sustainable Energy
£35m government funding for rural businesses
The government’s Growth Programme provides grants of up to £750,000 for start-ups and businesses in ...
More retail gloom as Swindon retail park suffers
Greenbridge sees more outlet closures
Amaroc is moving to larger premises
Builders’ merchant expanding to meet demand
Zero Chippenham launches Community Solar Scheme
Not-for-profit community group Zero Chippenham launched its solar panel scheme on Tuesday, as part o...
Business Basics Programme
The Business Basics Programme is designed to test innovative ways of encouraging small and medium si...
Chippenham's BID to be scrapped after vote
Business Improvement District renewal rejected
Wasdell Academy takes on intern students
Company to offer jobs to successful candidates
F Factor Competition for Tech Savvy Young Entrepre...
The F Factor is a UK-wide startup competition underpinned with active entrepreneurship education for...
Swindon's BCS opens new offices in London
Hub of creativity available for members
New College and Swindon College to merge
Preparing for new Institute of Technology
Local partners working behind the scenes to suppor...
Actions to help Honda-associated companies deliver a programme of welfare support for their Swindon ...
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Join A Celebration of Rural Business
The 15th annual Countryside Alliance Awards celebrate rural businesses
Community News
Anthony Best named as AIM Entrepreneur of the Year
AB Dynamics now a rold leader in automotive test systems
Community News
Council considers development deal with Good Energ...
Proposal discussed at recent cabinet meeting
Community News
WH Smith to acquire US group for $400m
Community News
GWP to use carbon neutral corrugated material
Investment in waste-fuelled produection
Swindon & Wiltshire Brexit Business Support Servic...
A new free and impartial Brexit support, advice and information line to businesses in the area laun...
Great West Way Named Finalist in International Tou...
Chipside wins Global ICT Excellence Award
Chipside has been recognised by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) with ...
New offices for Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterp...
The champions of local growth move to new offices in Digital Mansion Corsham
NatWest Offers Grants to Female-led Businesses
NatWest Bank is working with Crowdfunder to redress the gender balance among new UK start-ups, with ...
HSBC UK Announces £14 Billion Loan Fund for UK SME...
A £2b increase on last year.
IUK Announces SME Support to Evaluate Innovative M...
Round 5 launches from Innovate UK (IUK)
Fifth Urban Innovative Actions Call Open
SME Leaders Programme Launches Second Round for 20...
Grants, coupled with additional support, can be accessed through this scheme to improve the leadersh...
SJL Foundation Launches UK-wide Business Start-up ...
A new fund has been announced to help prospective entrepreneurs in the UK set up in business.
European SME Innovation Associate Action Pilot
The grant funds 100% of the salary of an “innovation associate” for a period of one year for an SME ...
MHA Monahans opens Manufacturing Survey
Recent report shows downward trend
Mintivo shortlisted in Investors in People Awards
Chippenham-based IT provider among nine nominees
AB Dynamics opens office at Wixom near Detroit
Focus on centre of US motor industry
Swindon to benefit from a £25m fund
Among Government support for 100 towns
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Trowbridge is in line for Government investment
Future High Streets Fund may boost the town
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Zurich Insurance UK shows enhanced earnings
First half revenue up 74 per cent
IUK Pre-Call: GCRF Demonstrate Impact in Meeting t...
Funding is available for feasibility study projects to demonstrate market-creating innovations in de...
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AB Dynamics announces opening of an office in Japa...
Wiltshire-based AB Dynamics has announced the opening of an office in Japan
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£500,000 earmarked for Mechanics Institute restora...
Historic England provides cash to save Swindon building
Launch of £250,000 Broadband Competition for Event...
Tourism Minister Rebecca Pow has announced a competition to boost broadband facilities in conference...
Launch of £3m Fund for Businesses Redistributing S...
Funding is available for UK food producers, offsetting the costs of sending quality unsold food to g...
Developing low carbon automotive capability: apply...
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for UK-developed late stage R&D in advanced...
Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund Opens for New B...
The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund aims to increase the diversity and numbers of those working i...
Entries open for the National Female Start-up of t...
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Beard Group in historic buildings project at Bath
National Lottery funded World Heritage Centre.
Have you dreamt of being a firefighter?
The search is on for new recruits at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service to be on-call firefi...
Feasibility funding for autonomous vehicle cyber s...
Up to £2 million available for UK businesses to define a cyber-physical connected and autonomous veh...
Free Cyber Security Health Check for Businesses an...
Are you concerned about the Cyber Security of your small business or charity?
Manufacturing made smarter: round 1
Up to £30 million is available for projects to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufact...
Automation Prototypes: Invitation to Apply
Grants available up to £40k for prototypes that use creative technologies
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Refugee Entrepreneurship Pilot Scheme
The Refugee Entrepreneurship Pilot Scheme aims to encourage refugee entrepreneur programmes across t...
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Another Success for 'Young Enterprise Swindon' (YE...
Young Enterprise Swindon (YES) hosted its second official event with young professionals and guest s...
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Billions announced for no deal preparation.
Chancellor Sajid Javid announces £2.1bn for no-deal Brexit preparation
Swindon listed building in £12m renovation
Former Paragon laundry to become a hotel -Swindon listed building in £12m renovation
F-TEC continues to expand after three years
The company offers apprenticeships, advanced level courses, thorough examination, diagnostics, safet...
IUK’s £10 Million Innovation Loans for SMEs: July ...
Providing finance to businesses that is affordable, patient and flexible for projects that have a cl...
IUK Announces Analysis for Innovators Round 5 Comp...
Help boost a company’s productivity or competitiveness
RTS Group marks 30 years in business and opens a n...
The company now has more than 65 employees
Excalibur achieves best practice standard
Now a fully accredited ISO 27001 business
Mark Beard stresses need for quality
No need to wait for Government action and regulations
The Launchpad Competition is now open for applicat...
A budding engineering entrepreneur aged 18-25 could win £15k to start a business based on their engi...
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Tata Varsity Pitch 2019 is now open!
The hunt is on for the best student and graduate business ideas.
Good Energy wins Digital Technology Awards
Working at the cutting edge of IT & digital development.
Plans to transform Swindon Town Centre move a step...
Exciting plans to revitalise Fleming Way by creating a new bus interchange have received a significa...
Pulse Power and Measurement expands at Shrivenham
Acquires 2,000 sq ft of additional offices
Business confidence in the South West region incre...
The region moves ahead of national trends
Swindon based Appsbroker among 1000 Companies to I...
Company is Google Cloud’s largest partner in the UK
£100m Initiative to Help UK Firms Capitalise on Wi...
A £100 million scheme, designed to help businesses maximise opportunities in the offshore wind suppl...
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More than 75% of young people would start their ow...
Poll shows South West ahead of the rest of the country
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Water Reseach Academy (WRc) launches in Swindon
Many years of experience to support the water sector
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Wincanton launches Virtual Access to Storage and T...
Finding and selling warehouse space made quick and easy
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Dialog Semiconductor moves ahead with new Internet...
Moving towards a Wi-Fi ubiquitous world
Boost for space technology essential to keep UK in...
The UK Space Agency is joining forces with mobile communications giant O2 to develop next generation...
Melksham Paraplanner wins top award
Samantha Gratton named Paraplanner of the Year
Business West offering business advice in Swindon
One-to-one mentoring sessions with a business adviser
SMARTech energy plans for expansion this year
Celebrating five years of helping businesses cut energy costs
ENGIE partners with Innovate UK to fund pioneering...
Innovate UK has teamed up with ENGIE to seek out and fund innovative projects that can speed up the ...
Broad new measures to ensure small businesses get ...
For the first time large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time as p...
Fund opens to reduce waste from plastic packaging ...
£4.7 million government fund launched to drive up the recycling of hard-to-recycle materials.
Salisbury woman named Best in aerospace
Samantha Bunyan wins Aerospace Consortium award
Argos announces the closure of Swindon outlet
New blow to the hard hit retail sector in the town.
Hangar 51 Accelerator for Start-ups Testing Produc...
Eligible start-ups from anywhere in the world may apply to participate in a ten-week business develo...
Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge Launched with €100...
Support is available for deeptech start-ups or new technology projects from across the world that us...
2019 Round Open: Stelios Awards for Disabled Entre...
These awards seek out and celebrate business ability by recognising exceptional disabled entrepreneu...
New powers to fine firms that exploit consumer loy...
Tough new powers for competition watchdog to fine businesses directly who have broken consumer law.
Major new industrial development for Swindon
Construction begins at Trinity Park, Hillmead
Scisys to be taken over by major Canadian group
Canadian tech giant CGI moves to take over Scisys
YESwindon ignites entrepreneurial spirit at inaugu...
Over 40 young professionals from Swindon and Wiltshire come together.
Biodegradeable first for Wasdell Group
New product follows years of research and trials
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Melksham company becomes a leader on stem cells
BioDivide founded to harness the power of the cells
Scisys Brexit action 'pays off'
The company reports strong order book
Innovate UK releases 2019-2020 Delivery Plan
Innovate UK sets out plan to drive sustainable economic growth through business-led innovation.