The Economic Development Service aims to stimulate, support sustainable economic growth and inclusive communities.
Economic Regeneration is a long term process which complements social and environmental initiatives. Through a wide range of projects, initiatives, and partnerships the service aims to guide economic development and growth in Wiltshire's communities.
The service has several key delivery areas including Economic Development by supporting job creation, encourages Economic Programmes, Investment and Funding, Enterprise Wiltshire Company, Inward Investment, Town Centre Regeneration, Rural Development and provides Business Support and advice.
The One Public Estate programme is an established national programme delivered in partnership by the LGA and the Office of Government Property (OGP) within the Cabinet Office. For further details follow this link: One Public Estate
The Wiltshire One Public Estate Programme was established in 2013 and works to identify opportunities through combined estate which in turn help to realise savings and improve services. The Wiltshire One Public Estate Partnership meets bi- monthly and has members from the following public sector organisations:
Police Crime Commissioning Unit (PCC), NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Property, NHS Acute Trusts, Wiltshire Ambulance Service, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service, Wiltshire Council, Ministry of Defence, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership & Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Wiltshire Council's Economic Regeneration team supports the Wiltshire Market Towns Forum, a partnership of 20 Town Councils. The Forum was created to develop complementary town strategies, it promotes networking amongst members to share common goals and objectives to support town centre regeneration.
The aim is to create self-reliant and resilient towns which are better equipped to support themselves. Key to achieving this is to create a framework of support which is tailored in such a way as to treat towns as distinct and unique.
To facilitate this, the Regeneration team organise events and conferences throughout the year. These events are attended by Town Clerks, Councillors, Officials and Business organisations. Conferences will have a particular focus such as: Resilient Towns, Tourism, Wayfinding, Funding and Grants, Markets and Festivals.
Through this initiative, the Economic Regeneration team has established a productive and positive relationship between Wiltshire Council and the market towns of Wiltshire.
Wiltshire Council in conjunction with partners, stakeholders and the public has developed a number of Masterplans and frameworks that help set parameters for town redevelopment - identifying the opportunities and constraints within a given area. These documents can then be used as the basis for funding bids to make specific interventions as part of a regeneration programme, as well as providing guidance for those making planning applications.
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Information and guidance on Business Improvement Districts: BIDs
In October 2013 government set up a £500,000 loan fund to help communities who wish to create a Business Improvement District overcome prohibitive initial start-up costs.
Business Improvement Districts are business led partnerships which are created through a ballot process to deliver additional services to local businesses. A Business Improvement District is a defined area in which a levy is charged on all business rate payers in addition to the business rates bill. This levy is used to develop projects which will benefit businesses in the local area.
In Wiltshire Salisbury BID works to promote Salisbury's businesses and the city as a place to visit Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID).
In 2018 the government launched "Out plan for the high street" which included £675 million for a Future High Streets Fund.
The aim of the Future High Streets Fund is to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that drives growth, improves experience and ensures future sustainability. It will do this by providing co-funding to successful applicants to support transformative and structural changes to overcome challenges in their area.
On 26 August 2019, the Prime Minister confirmed that Round 1 of the Future High Streets Fund had been expanded to 50 more areas which included Trowbridge as well as Salisbury. Both places progressed to the second phase of the Future High Streets Fund and received £150,000 to support the development of detailed project proposals that can be submitted for capital funding.
These Business Cases were submitted in August 2020 and are currently being reviewed by MHCLG, with Wiltshire Council hoping to learn the outcome in 2020.