The Enterprise Network (TEN) nurtures new and growing business in Wiltshire and Swindon, as well as supporting more established businesses.
Led by Wiltshire Council, TEN attracts funding from the UK Government and EU, and it partners with a number of local and national initiatives.
TEN is here to help fledgling businesses in our area meet the exciting challenges and opportunities that await them. In turn, these businesses generate jobs and grow the local economy, bringing a broad range of benefits to the area.
Wiltshire Council launched TEN in 2012 to support small, start-up and growing business in Wiltshire and Swindon.
Since TEN’s inception:
- More than 600 new businesses have been helped with their launch
- Around 1500 existing businesses have received expert support and advice
- 550 women-led enterprises have been supported
- 400 new jobs have been created across Wiltshire
What we offer
The Enterprise Network provides offices and flexible working space at our enterprise centres across Swindon and Wiltshire. Space is also available in six Satellite Centres that received initial start-up investment through TEN . Additional facilities include meeting and/or training rooms, co-working space, and virtual offices.
TEN also offers free business support, training and advice, information about available business grants, and organises regular networking events.
Our partners and funding
Led by Wiltshire Council, the TEN initiative benefits from a growing number of partnerships. Currently, these comprise:
- Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
- Enterprise Wiltshire
- Swindon Borough Council
- Military Civilian Integration Partnership and 1st Artillery Brigade & South West (formerly 43 Wessex Brigade)
- Wessex Chambers of Commerce
The Enterprise Network (TEN) is funded by:
- Wiltshire Council, Action for Wiltshire
- The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
- Rural Growth Network funding from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
- The Government Equalities Office through the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
- Plain Action Local Action Group (LEADER) funded through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).
Grant funding from the Rural Growth Network will enable the creation or extension of six additional enterprise centres to join The Enterprise Network. This will create a network of ten Enterprise Centres across Swindon and Wiltshire.
How we’re doing
Wiltshire Council commissioned Wavehill to evaluate The Enterprise Network and Wiltshire Business Support Service. Their independent reports on the service were submitted in 2015:
In addition, Wavehill canvassed views on business support in Swindon and Wiltshire. The survey was undertaken with businesses with less than 50 employees operating across Swindon and Wiltshire. Their findings are available in the following report:
- Wiltshire and Swindon Small Business Survey (June 2015 – Draft)
What our clients say
“Clear costs and flexibility”
“Excellent facilities and friendly, helpful staff”
“Well-supported facility, pleasant office environment, good telecoms / IT”
“There is a good sense of community and like-minded fellow professionals which doesn’t make you feel as if you are working alone”
“Affordability, flexibility, facilities, networking!”
“TEN gave me my first stepping stone – I have now grown and expanded into my own unit”
TEN currently has six Enterprise Centres and a further six Satellite Centres. The project’s administrative base is at the Castledown Business Centre, Ludgershall.
Our Enterprise Centres:
- Castledown Business Centre, Ludgershall
- Digital Mansion Corsham, Corsham
- Old Fire Station Enterprise Centre, Salisbury
- Porton Science Park, Salisbury
- White Horse Enterprise Centre, Trowbridge
- Workshed, Swindon
Our Satellite Centres: