Problems facing entrepreneurs as their businesses grow were addressed by experts at the first event of the year hosted by Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub.
Sourcing qualified people for jobs, affordable office space to support expansion, lack of adequate communications infrastructure in rural areas, funding for future business growth and marketing support for small business were all issues that delegates said they faced during the Making your Business Greater event last Thursday (March 23) at Calne’s Wellington Barn.
“Swindon and Wiltshire is recognised for its entrepreneurial spirit,” said Paddy Bradley, director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which manages the Growth Hub
“Through this event we wanted to reach out to our small, start-up and growth-oriented businesses with an offer to support them on their specific challenges.”
The event provided attending businesses with an opportunity to access private and public business support experts across areas they find challenging.
Keynote speaker Mark Miles, managing director of Render Media, a local CGI and virtual veality company, gave the audience a roadmap of the company’s success despite facing challenges and how business support helped provide resolutions.
The event was well received by close to 100 delegates from Swindon and Wiltshire’s small, medium and micro businesses.
Nicki Kinton of small business NK Credit Consultancy said “It’s been quite interesting to see what’s on offer in the area that could help me take my business forwards.
“Coaching and social media were two areas I was interested in, so I really think this event was very relevant to me.”
The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub is part of the national network of Growth Hubs funded by central government to ensure business support is simple and easy to access for small business.
In 2016 alone, the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub has reached close to 6,000 businesses locally catering to start-ups and small and medium businesses across all sectors particularly those demonstrating potential and having an honest appetite for higher growth.
The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub plans to organise a series of regular business events to continue to promote its agenda of business development among Swindon and Wiltshire’s many small businesses.
The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub can be accessed online on www.swindon.wiltshirebusinesshub.co.uk