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What is Swindon & Wiltshire SME growth?

The SME Growth Project, delivered under the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub will provide bespoke advice and support to both individuals who have an ambition to start a new business and existing businesses who want to scale up and grow.

Expert coaching and grant funding is available to support individuals and businesses to:

  • Explore new business ideas
  • Start-up and scale up
  • Grow in regional, national and international markets
  • Engage in innovation processes
  • Increase internal capabilities
  • Develop focused growth strategies
  • Update or introduce new business models

Growth diagnostic

Dedicated Business Advisers will undertake a diagnostic of needs and develop a tailored action plan, providing 12 hours of intensive expert support through a combination of 1:1 coaching and 1:many masterclasses. Networking opportunities and referrals to other providers as required will also be available.

 

For more information on the diagnostic and the tools we use please visit GROWTHmapper® tool, www.growthmapper.com

Does my business qualify?

In order to be eligible for support, individuals and businesses must be:

  • Based in the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP area or looking to move to the area to conduct their primary business activities
  • Operating in ERDF eligible sectors[1]
  • Able to confirm that they have not received over €200,000 of De minimis state aid support in the last 3 years
  • An entrepreneur or start-up who can demonstrate that they are either:
    • Not registered with Companies House or with HMRC as sole-trader
    • A Sole-trader registered with HMRC and operating for less than 12 months (based on date of first sales invoice)
    • A Company registered with Companies House and trading, as the registered company, for less than 12 months (based on date of first sales invoice)
  • Or;
  • An existing business who can demonstrate that they are an SME and:
    • Employ fewer than 250 staff and;
    • Either have a turnover of no more than €50m or a current balance sheet of €43m
    • Not be more than 25% owned by a firm who do not comply with the preceding criteria.

 

[1] The following sectors are not eligible for ESIF support: banking & insurance, retail, child minding or nurseries, fishery and aquaculture sectors, primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products/ raw food, the coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors, the synthetic fibres sector, or education or an area supported by a local authority.

Our Team

Our team of innovation advisers, together with a specialist network of experts, will provide
you with the support you need to grow your business.

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SME growth NEWS

Business growth articles and publications from our team of advisers and experts.

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GET IN TOUCH

Our friendly innovation advisors and specialists are ready to help you grow your business.

Direct Line: 01865 261407

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SUCCESS STORIES

We have supported over 6,000 SMEs in the south from a wide variety of sectors.

Here are a few examples of the businesses we have helped with tailored and dedicated coaching, resulting in the adoption of innovative processes, cultures and products.

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New Jobs

49,592

External Finance Raised

£100m

Businesses Assisted

275

Economic Growth (GVA)

£2.6b

"We’re excited to harness the knowledge and experience that OIS has built up over more than two decades to provide tailored support to existing and prospective customers".

Elaine Kearney, Innovation Advisor & Programme Manager