Support for Digital Businesses in Swindon & Wiltshire

TEN works with partners around the region to provide the best possible advice, support and information for business success. Two new programmes launching in 2020 will complement what we already provide through our enterprise centres and events programme.

“This Way Up” - A stimulating series of webinars for today's businesses looking forward to tomorrow

Thursday, 22 October at 10am

Pivot: Making a serious change in direction is really hard. Find out how to make it less painful.

In this Webinar we will help you understand how to best manage the serious changes in direction required when we cannot continue as we are.

Paul Cooper is no stranger to change. Most recently within the Newsquest Media Group, he has been hopping internally between the various business units, as the need to develop each of them further arose.

Paul has had to repeatedly go through the process of understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each business culture, so that he can leverage the biggest opportunities, often needing to persuade others that a new, and different, path needed to be followed.

Thursday, 29 October at 10am

The Customer Journey: We’ll help you understand your customer journey from awareness to purchase

“Return on Investment” is now firmly focused on the journey our prospects take, instead of

a single transaction. So, what is the actual customer journey from awareness to purchase?

And with so many places a potential customer can find you, how do you know the right platforms to be on, and what platforms are working for you?

Find out how the Newsquest Media Group created a culture of accountability for customer’s results, and a digital environment which made greater traceability of “actions to results” possible.

Thursday, 5 November at 10am

Technology: We will show you the “art of the possible” in finding new business

Now is the time to look at your marketing strategy and re-assess how far technology can help improve on optimisation and conversions.

From free services, like “Google My Business”, to paid services based in the Cloud, which automatically optimize all your advertising and marketing, technology is presenting new opportunities for all levels of business be found by, and engage with, potential prospects.

In a period of great change, we will show you the “art of the possible” in finding new

business through embracing technology

About Paul Cooper and Local-iQ

Paul Cooper is all about growing businesses, spending the last few decades in Sales and Business Development roles. He has led and developed teams to deliver growth to UK (and European) SME’s through helping them to connect with, and be found by, prospective customers.

Paul is no stranger to change. Within the Newsquest Media group, Paul has had to repeatedly go through the process of understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each business culture, so that he can leverage the biggest opportunities, often needing to persuade others that a new, and different, path needed to be followed.

Paul came from a background in Newsquest of traditional print and advertising sales, and moved into Digital Marketing as a ‘doer’ well over a decade ago, before rising up the ranks to create and lead business units at the cutting edge of marketing technology. He became the National Director of Local-IQ.

Through all of this change, Paul has both witnessed and been an integral part of a seismic shift happening within the print and advertising business, where a whole sector has literally had to re-invent itself.

“Local trust. National scale.” is the tagline of Local-IQ, a part of the Newsquest Media Group, whose local brands deliver trusted news and information via print and web. Local-IQ use digital marketing to connect businesses with this huge audience in bespoke ways, using their tech and expertise.

Want a Kickstart?

The Kickstart is a 6-month paid job with a local employer scheme and is funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded opportunity for businesses to provide employment to 16-24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership are delighted to announce that it has been selected to be a local Representative for the new Governments Kickstart programme supporting business in the Swindon and Wiltshire area.

This is an innovative new scheme to help young people into work and spur Britain’s economic revival. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people age 16 to 24 who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland, and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding for each job placement will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

If your business can offer placements but not at 30+ and would like Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to act as your local representative, we would be happy to do so.  If you can provide the following information to our dedicated email so that we can add you to our register of interest.

  • Company name
  • Point of contact and contact details
  • Number of places you can offer

Applications from employers are now underway, and we expect to have roles on offer in many different types of businesses. We look forward to working with our local businesses across our region to support young people in gaining valuable work experience and new skills.

Paddy Bradley CEO stated:

“We are focused on helping young people into education, training and work.  It is a natural fit for us to act as a representative organisations to enable many small and medium sized businesses take on young people with potential through the Kickstart programme.  This is a great opportunity to support businesses, young people and economic growth through one programme.”

Chris Stevens Growth Hub Manager stated:

‘We are delighted to add another strand to our expanding service in supporting businesses recruiting work placements through the Kickstart scheme.  We are very proud to represent our SME community in this capacity and are excited by the prospect of helping young people into work’.

An exciting, new opportunity for businesses in the Swindon and Wiltshire area to access world-leading support

Innovation Workout: 27, 28 & 31 July, online PLUS dates throughout 2020

Delivered by SETsquared, the global no. 1 Business Incubator, this fast paced and dynamic workshop is designed for businesses which have a digital element to their products/services.

Brought to you at a time when many founders are adapting their business models to suit a changing and uncertain environment, this Innovation Workout will give you dedicated time with expert mentors to revisit and scrutinise your business model.

Broken down into two half day sessions, it will give you the opportunity to consider different financial models, develop new and existing products as well as identify new revenue streams.

The outcome will be a developed business model with a greater potential for investment and growth.

Dates available:

27, 28, 31 July

7, 8, 11 September

12, 13, 16 October

30, 1, 4 November/December

Entrepreneur’s Programme (for earlier stage businesses): 21, 22, 25 September

Register your free place at:

Become a digital leader in your business

Leadership in the Digital Age (LIDA) is a FREE programme of 1-day masterclasses and mentoring, designed to help businesses make the most of new technologies.

This Digital Leadership Programme offers a series of 5 fully funded, practical masterclasses to look at your

  • Digital vision and strategy
  • How digital technologies could help your business
  • How to help your staff adapt to changes in digital culture
  • How your business processes can be streamlined by using technology

These practical sessions , coupled with peer support and one to one mentoring will help you to instigate a transformative action plan for your business and to ensure it is not only making the most of what is currently available, but also fit for the future.

The five sessions are fully funded and to qualify you have to either live or work in Wiltshire or Swindon and the business has to have at least 3 members of staff.

You’ll also need to commit to all five sessions: 10 September, 8 October, 10 November , 9 December 2020 and 21 January 20201. The sessions will be via Zoom to start with then at Digital Mansion Corsham once face to face events allowed.

For more information and to reserve your free space, please visit the FSB booking page (you don’t have to be a member to join).