Enterprise Wiltshire and its member organisations are responsible for delivering a programme of work to develop and improve the economy and wellbeing of the county.
Promoting the Economic Wellbeing of Wiltshire
Wiltshire Council works to sustain and develop a competitive economy for Wiltshire, and a high quality of life for its residents.
Enterprise Wiltshire Board
Enterprise Wiltshire is a dormant company, currently not carrying out any business.
It is a limited company with Members of the board from the private, voluntary and public sectors.
Enterprise Wiltshire and its member organisations deliver a programme of work to develop and improve the economy and wellbeing of the county. It also advises the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) on the priorities of Wiltshire businesses and monitors the progress of projects and activities to support the SWLEP strategies.
About Enterprise Wiltshire
The county of Wiltshire offers an excellent environment for business growth and success.
We develop the county's economy by encouraging new investment, supporting existing businesses and work closely with other members from the private, voluntary and public sectors.
Wiltshire has a broad range of commercial property from modern industrial units to high tech offices, leisure and retail properties, as well as options along the M4 corridor. Whether you are seeking property to buy or let, Wiltshire has a wealth of opportunities for expansion or relocation.
A large number of business parks and industrial estates are located across the county, from first class business park locations, such as Solstice Park in Amesbury and Methuen Park in Chippenham, which offers light industrial space for start up and small companies as well as a range of office, funding and business advice services provided by The Enterprise Network, a new £5.2M programme run by Wiltshire Council, Digital Mansion Corsham. Details at The Enterprise Network.
Wiltshire has more than 5,000 industrial units totalling nearly 32 million sq ft (3 million m²), and around 2,500 office units with over 5.3 million sq ft (500,000 m²) of floorspace. Significant opportunities also exist for both brownfield and greenfield sites across the county.
Wiltshire's employment policy seeks to encourage growth in the county and secure a greater number of jobs for its resident workforce.
Wiltshire Workspace and Employment Land Review
The Wiltshire Core Strategy is focused on delivering stronger, more resilient communities, by managing future development to ensure that communities have an appropriate balance of jobs, services and facilities, and homes.
In 2011 Wiltshire Council commissioned a study to inform the allocation of employment land in the Core Strategy. Details of the study and information on key strategic sites can be found here:.
The perfect central location for your business
M4 motorway access just 64 minutes from London Heathrow, 75 minutes by rail from central London and 35 minutes by road from deep sea ports at Southampton and Bristol.
A dynamic, diversified and innovative economy
Wiltshire is home to approximately 19,700 businesses with room for more. It is a centre of innovation in health, vehicle technologies, consumer products, defence, aerospace, food and drink and environmental technologies.
A highly qualified workforce - 227,700 people of working age with 57.7% qualified to NVQ level 3 and above, compared to 52.7% in UK. Partners have the expertise in many industries and occupational areas to deliver bespoke high-quality skills development and training solutions.
A large number of business parks and industrial estates are located across the county, from first class business park locations, such as Solstice Park in Amesbury and Methuen Park in Chippenham, to Castledown Business Park in Ludgershall, which offers incubation space for start up companies.
Other examples are:
- The Glove Factory Studios in Holt
- High Post Business Park near Salisbury
- Bumpers Farm in Chippenham
- West Wilts Trading Estate in Westbury
- Imperium@Solstice Park in Amesbury
Porton Science Park
A £10m investment is under way to develop a new state-of-the-art science park in South Wiltshire.
Porton Science Park will comprise 355,000 sqft (approximately 3.3 ha) of research and development accommodation and will provide facilities for science and research based industries. The first phase will include a 23,000 sq ft (0,2 ha) innovation building and two science blocks, and further phases will be developed specifically for occupiers.
The Porton Science Park will be based near leading scientific institutions, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) at the Porton Down site, near Salisbury.
Incubation Space - The Enterprise Network
There are Enterprise Centres at Ludgershall, Tisbury, The Workshop Swindon, Digital Mansion Corsham, Salisbury and Trowbridge.
Wiltshire has excellent transport connections providing easy access to London and other major cities and towns in UK, including Reading, Swindon, Bristol, Southampton, Newport and Cardiff.
The county is strategically situated on the M4 corridor, with links to the M3 and M5 motorways and extensive rail and airport connections.
Connect Wiltshire's aims
Connect Wiltshire aims to provide information on the county road, rail, freight and broadband infrastructure, and updates on infrastructure development, including superfast broadband provision and sustainable transport planning.
Information on transport including live train updates, a journey planner and information on personal transport planning can be found at the following link: Connecting Wiltshire.
Digital inclusion and improving access to broadband is becoming increasingly important for business success.
Major investments in excess of £20 million are now taking place in Wiltshire, expanding access to superfast broadband and improving even further the IT infrastructure in the county.
Towns in Wiltshire are already benefiting from investments in broadband connections, with Trowbridge & Corsham regarded as one of the best-connected parts of the UK, as a result of its fibre optic broadband services and infrastructure.
Funding will also improve the infrastructure of areas where there is no planned investment by the telecoms providers over the next three years.
The Superfast Broadband Business Support Programme aims to stimulate awareness and demand for the take up of Superfast Broadband and to provide advice to local eligible businesses.
Wiltshire has a wealth of history to be explored.
Probably the most iconic of Wiltshire's sites is of course Stonehenge. To this day there is still a mystery as to the reasons behind the site and how the stones were transported from as far away as Wales. Further north is Avebury, the largest stone circle in the world. Dating from around 4,500 years ago, Avebury together with Stonehenge form part of the World Heritage Site.
Discover Salisbury's 13th century Cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in Britain, the medieval village of Lacock with its Abbey and historic towns such as Malmesbury and Devizes.
Visit one of our stately homes ranging from the Elizabethan Longleat House, Wilton House with its Tudor origins, Palladian-style Lydiard House and the Merchant's House in Marlborough, the house of a prosperous silk mercer. Explore some of Wiltshire's ecclesiastical heritage in some of our historic churches that open to the public.
During the industrial revolution, the Kennet & Avon Canal was created linking Bristol to Reading by water. The canal although no longer used for industrial reasons is still a thriving place and is the perfect spot for a stroll or cycle along the tow path. One of the key drivers in the Industrial Revolution was Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel was responsible for developing the Great Western Railway, still celebrated today in Swindon's STEAM Museum. Explore more of Wiltshire's Industrial Heritage: Visit Wiltshire.