The Enterprise Network leads first county-wide celebration of Wiltshire’s small businesses

By Anita Jaynes on 26 November, 2015

The diversity, determination and dedicated of Wiltshire’s myriad micro businesses will be celebrated across the county in December to mark national Small Business Saturday.

The Enterprise Network (TEN) has brought together the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Chippenham, Swindon and Salisbury Business Improvement Districts and local business Chambers together for the first time to host a series of free celebration events on December 3 and 5.

On December 3, networking events will be held at five of The Enterprise Network’s Enterprise Centres including the White Horse Enterprise Centre, Trowbridge, The 3D Enterprise Centre, Lackham and at Royal Wootton Bassett, Ludgershall (nr Tidworth) and Salisbury.

On Small Business Saturday itself, December 5, TEN’s Manor House Enterprise Centre in Royal Wootton Bassett will host the first-ever Bassett Business Expo – welcoming freelance and self-employed people who work from home. Free information and advice from specialists covering finance, effective use of social media, simple website design, employing others, and getting the cash to flow, will be available.

Organiser Rachel Finlay from The Enterprise Network said: “All the events will be the ultimate in pre-Christmas business networking and we’re expecting hundreds of businesses to join the party across the county. We’re proud to have brought so many business groups together for the first time in Wiltshire – a fitting celebration of the UK economy’s local heroes. Local businesses are welcome to join us – to simply network or by taking a free stand at our Expos.”

Almost 80 per cent of all businesses in the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership area are micro businesses with less than 10 employees. The Enterprise Network (TEN), a £5.2m initiative led by Wiltshire Council with EU and Government funding, supports local people and their businesses.

Whether launching a new business or searching for your first office, TEN can help. All TEN’s Enterprise Centres across Wiltshire offer meeting and training rooms, flexible office spaces including hot-desks and co-working rooms, as well as virtual office facilities.

On Thursday December 3, the free events, open to all, and with VIP guests will include:
·   Keynote speaker: the founder of Gü Puds, James Averdieck, who will share 12 short tips any business can apply to springboard its own success. He will speak live from the Old Fire Station Enterprise Centre, Salisbury but his presentation will be streamed directly to the other venues, including the White Horse Enterprise Centre at Trowbridge, Manor House Enterprise Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett, Castledown Enterprise Centre, Ludgershall and the 3D Enterprise Centre at Lackham, from where attendees can post questions via Twitter

·   All day pop-up business expos, featuring local small businesses, at all five venues – local businesses are invited to apply for stands

·   Small Business Saturday workshop, Small Business Saturday Ambassador, Alison Edgar, will tell businesses how they can become a Small Biz 100 winner and the benefits and opportunities this can bring. Alison will also speak live from The Enterprise Network’s Old Fire Station Enterprise Centre in Salisbury – her presentation will be streamed directly to the four other venues

·  All-day Business Support Market Place with local experts on hand to offer free advice and information to small business owners and those hoping to start, or grow, a business,  supported by Inspire by Wessex Chambers, local Chambers and IMPRESS, among others

For information, to book a free place or a free Expo stand: www.theenterprisenetwork.co.uk/celebrate