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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....
Swindon and Wiltshire LEP Higher Education Stakeholder Events - Devizes & Swindo...
You are invited to a free Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) event to inform the development of our new Higher Education Strat...
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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.
Global Business Accelerator - visit to Israel
Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a technology visit to Israel.
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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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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...
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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? 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...
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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.
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...
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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...
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...
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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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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.
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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.

News

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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
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
Salisbury - Ongoing Business Support Update
Update for the local business community
Salisbury
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 ...
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.
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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...
Wiltshire Business Awards 2018 open for business
More than 100 entrepreneurs, small to medium enterprises, and larger businesses came together at tit...
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
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...
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

Swindon & Wiltshire ERDF Low Carbon call information session 2018

Chippenham
Monkton Park Wiltshire Council Offices Monkton Hill Chippenham SN15 1ER

Supporting the shift to a Low Carbon Economy in Swindon and Wiltshire

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership welcomes the launch of a £3.75m grant ERDF fund for low carbon projects to take forward its ESIF Strategy.

Two calls look to develop and introduce new low carbon energy products, services and technologies into the area.

Energy Efficient Businesses – up to £1m is available to fund a project that supports smaller businesses become more energy and resource efficient.

Low Carbon Economy – a larger fund of £2.75m is available to support projects that bring forward innovations, deployments and demonstrations of low carbon technologies that improve sustainable energy provision and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the area.

This information session is for potential applicants and both calls will be discussed in detail. The Swindon and Wiltshire ERDF Technical Assistance team will be on hand to help applicants respond to the calls with strong proposals that ensures the area has energy provision fit for the future.

For more information please visit the SWLEP website


Community Insights

Proper Packing Can Prevent Property Damage When Moving or Storing
There is a right way and a wrong way when it comes to packing your personal items. We have listed various packing materials along with the correct way...
Is that just a rumble or are the wheels coming off?
Being too busy to plan, turning a blind eye to communication problems or not having the support of your team are serious risks. Here are some prove...
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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
An Introduction to Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
It's Hydrogen week - and a good time to learn about hydrogen technologies. This handy guide from the Hydrogen Hub's leading light Kevin Fothergill exp...