Organisations exploring innovative products and services are being encouraged to apply for the second phase of Nationwide’s six-month mentoring programme for early stage businesses.
The programme will continue to provide support for companies in and around Swindon that are already developing products and services but are looking for help to take the next step towards further development or to overcome a specific challenge facing their business.
In the initial phase of the pilot scheme, Nationwide supported The Platform Project and Tote. Both businesses accelerated their development during Nationwide’s mentoring programme and are working towards further development and expansion.
The Platform Project is a social enterprise that helps young people to develop confidence, employability skills and enterprise opportunities by learning how to set up and run their own business in a real environment.
Tote is developing an on-demand delivery and moving service which makes it easier to connect customers and van drivers.
Michelle Simpson, Head of Innovation Partnering at Nationwide Building Society, said, “After our successful pilot in Swindon, we are excited to support another group of early stage businesses. There are lots of small businesses, or those wanting to start out, here in Swindon with great ideas. A little support and advice on how to develop their businesses could bring real value to them and to our local community. At Nationwide we understand that you can achieve more together than you can alone, and with our mentoring pilot we want to help bring together existing businesses and those starting out to strengthen support networks here in our hometown.”
A Swindon Borough Council spokesman added, “We are thrilled to see that Nationwide are launching the second phase of their mentoring programme in Swindon. Growing the economy and helping businesses to thrive is one of this Council’s top priorities, and I am sure that this scheme will bring huge benefits to Swindon’s already strong economy.”
Nationwide’s mentoring programme provides a dedicated coach who will help the small businesses develop and accelerate their plans. The start-ups will also have access to free space within the Workshed, the Borough Council’s co-work space within the old Carriage Works buildings near the train station, where the start-ups can join a community of likeminded organisations.
Applications are sought from Swindon and the surrounding area before Sunday 31st March 2019. For more information please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org