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Swindon and Wiltshire LEP

    Over the last six months, Si has been helping the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to develop its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

    The SEP sets out the long-term economic vision for the area and puts forward a series of proposed investments under four priorities:

    • Innovation – according to independent analysis, the area is a “hotbed of innovation” so there is much to build on
    • Military – the area will soon be home to one fifth of the UK army, creating major economic opportunities
    • Town Centres – there are huge opportunities to regenerate Swindon and grow places like Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury
    • Urban expansions – the SEP includes plans for New Eastern Villages, the largest urban expansion in the UK

    We helped by:

    • Bringing together the two local authorities, local businesses and others to generate new ideas and build on previous plans
    • Facilitating sometimes challenging discussion about the key spatial and sectoral priorities
    • Supporting and challenging officers, working with business people from the LEP Board, to develop the propositions
    • Researching the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to inform the overall strategy

    Claire Alexander, the Programme Manager at the LEP, described her experience of working with Si:

    Letting consultants actually lead you is challenging for many! Yet for us it was exciting and refreshing. Si pushed our thinking and views through constructive challenge, helping us to adopt different perspectives on our vision and aspirations. Rapport and confidence grew quickly within the project team. Without doubt, Si’s expertise and dynamic approach helped shape our concepts, approach and ultimately our Board commitments.

    You can download the Swindon and Wiltshire SEP here.

    Client: Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

     

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