The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership
(SWLEP) has launched a new programme for SMEs with ambitious growth plans.
SME Competitiveness will offer support to the region’s entrepreneurial community, from pre-start ups through to established SMEs, working in partnership with YTKO, University of Bath SETSquared, Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council.
With a total contract value of £2.4million, the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported programme will have three key
• Pre-start and start-up support
• Growth and scale-up support
• Support for individuals being made redundant from Honda that wish to start a business
The programme, which will be under the stewardship of the
Growth Hub, will see the SWLEP
expand its digital resource base to include additional technical assistance. It
will also see the team grow in number by four members of staff, with existing
staff also contributing to the programme.
Growth Hub Manager, Chris Stevens, said, “I am very
excited to lead this fantastic ERDF programme of business support for the
region, which will inevitably stimulate the ‘recovery’ from Covid-19 and
service those with entrepreneurial aspirations.
I very much look forward to working with our Delivery Partners in giving
the programme every chance of success.”
Lee Hughes from partnership organisation YTKO added, “We
are extremely pleased to be working with SWLEP and partners on this important
project which will nurture the enterprise culture across Swindon and
“Our Outset start up support services will be provided by
experienced and empathetic local teams of coaches and experts in business planning,
marketing and traditional and alternative finance and funding.
“I am confident that our activities will ensure that our
target communities are provided with the skills and knowledge they need to
start up and sustain their new enterprises, support that’s needed more now than
Councillor David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough
Council believes the programme will have a positive impact on people being made
redundant from Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd and local suppliers.
He added, “This programme is great news for new start-up
businesses in the local area and complements the training and support we are
already providing through our partners to those that will be affected by
Honda’s closure next year.
“In Swindon, we have always had a strong entrepreneurial
spirit and we want to encourage that by offering this support for those who’ve
always wanted to run their own business.”
For all enquiries relating to SME Competitiveness please email firstname.lastname@example.org