In addition to creating its own dedicated Enterprise Centres, TEN is also investing £1m from Defra's Rural Growth Network funding to support six other workspace hubs and business centres across Wiltshire to develop their offer to start-ups and growing micro businesses.
"The Satellite Centres collectively (in addition to the four main Enterprise Centres) provide a good spread of provision throughout Wiltshire and rural Swindon." - Independent evaluation report
TEN's Satellite Centres:
The Glove Factory Studios, Holt near Trowbridge received almost £160,000 to extend its site to create offices for 20 start-up and growing small businesses. Glove Factory Studios is a workspace hub made up of start-ups, creative entrepreneurs and independent professionals who have the opportunity to work collaberatively. The studios are set in a restored former Glove Factory with views across open countryside with easy access to mainline trains and the M4.
Wiltshire College's 3D Enterprise Centre at its Wiltshire College Chippenham Campus (below) received just over £173,000 to help create a technology-focused hub offering 3D design and prototyping facilities for small businesses to use. The centre has 5 Solidworks licences, allowing you to produce 2D drawings, 3D imaged parts and has full 3D CAD capabilities, along with a certified Solidworks professional at your disposal.
Elcot Park, Marlborough is using its £141,000 grant to provide incubation space for start-ups within the development of the existing business park. The site provides office space, storage facilities and workshops for small businesses. Butts Business Centre, Chisledon has expanded to include two additional light industrial units and an office for hot-desking, using its £106,000 grant.Conveniently located within five minutes of junction 15 on the M4, it is an ideal meeting point between Bristol and London.
Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Network
As a result of the work done with the satellite centres it was recognised that by working together with other workspace and office providers, we could share best practice, enhance the offer we provide to our customers, and promote small business growth in Swindon and Wiltshire.
From this The Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Network has been formed which meets quarterly. All members sign a members charter, which is upheld by the Network Co-ordinator. We always have a speaker who presents on a topic of mutual interest and discuss issues that are effecting us all.
We are delighted that other organisations with similar aims, in addition to those which have received grant funding from TEN, have recognised the value of this network and have joined. These include:
To see the location and contact details of all the members of SWEN please click here.