There is a host of expert advice available to businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire, and much of it is free. Various types of grant and other financial assistance are also available.

TEN aims to help you access this support through its events and — for those renting our office space — through the assistance of our centre managers.

This page brings together links to organisations and initiatives that you may find useful. Have a browse, visit the links, and don’t be afraid to make contact with any questions.

Sources of Advice and Financial Support

The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub provides support, advice and information to local businesses. South West Growth Hub

You can contact the Growth Hub by e-mail at hello@SWGrowthHub.co.uk or by telephone on 01793 698005. You can speak directly to one of their experienced Business Advisors who can take you through the range of support available to address your business challenges, including financial support. They work with local businesses of all types and sizes and have access to the most up to date information about support and funding, COVID-19 related and otherwise.

Skills Support for the Workplace

Higher Futures

The Swindon and Wiltshire LEP Higher Futures programme brings tailored university level training direct to businesses through its impartial higher-level skills service. Higher Futures works in partnership with the UK’s class leading universities, colleges and providers and offers the very best training solutions to meet the business needs.

Visit the Higher Futures hub.

Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Swindon & Wiltshire. We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.

Skills Support for the Workforce is all about progress. We can help you progress your career, education and business.

For more information, click here: https://www.serco-ese.com/skills-support-for-the-workforce/regions/swindon-wiltshire

Women in Business

TEN runs its own initiative to promote female entrepreneurship and participation in business, including the annual Women in Business conference.

Find out more about the Women in Business scheme.

Case Study

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