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

Summary of advice and support available

TEN has produced an information sheet which summarises advice and financial support offered by a range of organisations and services for businesses in Wiltshire. You may find browsing the list a useful start point.

View/download the sheet

The Swindon and Wiltshire SME Growth Project

This initiative works with TEN to provide 12 hours of intense business tuition and advice on grants. It’s proven invaluable to many of our start-ups and growing businesses.

Find out more about the Growth Project.

Funding from Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

This initiative provides two forms of financial support for certain types of local business:

  • LEADER funds smaller projects, generally with grants of up to £50,000.
  • The Rural Growth Programme funds larger projects, generally with grants of £50,000 – £200,000.

View or download information about the differences, and how to apply.

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 to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Swindon & Wiltshire. SSW provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. The programme can help to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to your needs. Because this programme is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), you can support your workforce at no extra cost to your business.

For more information contact skillssupport@serco.com

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.

Service Personnel in Business

Support for ex-servicemen, those about to leave and military spouses to ‘Be Your Own Boss’.

Find out more about military BYOB

Other Grants and Support for Swindon and Wiltshire businesses

Case Study

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