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BUSINESS SUPPORT, ADVICE & GRANTS

 


The Swindon and Wiltshire SME Growth Project

The SME Growth Project provides 12 hours of intensive business support to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to successfully grow and develop your business.

From reviewing your business plan and providing you with the skills to market your business to collating robust financial plans; applying for a start-up loan, or accessing tailored business advice, Business Growth Advisors from our four partner agencies will work closely with you to give you the direction, support and skills you need. 

The project provides free, independent and impartial business advice and support to SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) across Swindon and Wiltshire and, where eligible, the chance to apply for a grant to help your business grow.

In order to be eligible for support, individuals and businesses must be:

  • Based in the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP area or looking to move to the area to conduct their primary business activities
  • Operating in ERDF eligible sectors [1]
  • Be able to confirm that they have not received over €200,000 of De minimis state aid support in the last 3 years
  • An entrepreneur or start-up who can demonstrate that they are either:
    • Not registered with Companies House or with HMRC as sole-trader
    • A sole-trader registered with HMRC and operating for less than 12 months (based on date of first sales invoice)
    • A Company registered with Companies House and trading, as the registered company, for less than 12 months (based on date of first sales invoice)

Or

  • An existing business which can demonstrate it is an SME:
    • Employ fewer than 250 staff and;
    • Either have a turnover of no more than €50m or a current balance sheet of €43m
    • Not be more than 25% owned by a firm who do not comply with the preceding criteria.

[1] The following sectors are not eligible for ESIF support: banking & insurance, retail, child minding or nurseries, fishery and aquaculture sectors, primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products/ raw food, the
coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors, the synthetic fibres sector, or education or an area supported by a local authority.

Business Support Advisors from four partner agencies are ready to assist you. You can contact the partners directly or contact The Enterprise Network for more information on 01225 402096 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


Other grants and support for businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire

Swindon and Wiltshire Business Hub

Wiltshire Council 

Invest in Wiltshire

Swindon Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)  


Business Voice

Wiltshire businessman Chris Farnsworth from Raising the Baa explains how the expert business support worked for him:

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