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Tribute to John Mortimer

SWLEP Board Member and Chair 2015 - 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the death of John Mortimer, ardent supporter of LEPs locally and nationally and champion of all things rural.  John passed away on the 15th September from cancer.

John was absolutely passionate about his work with the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  He brought a real sense of purpose and took us through some challenging times, leading us through incorporation into a Limited Company.  John was conscious of all the different groups that work within the Swindon and Wiltshire area, ensuring that no group was left behind, and everyone had their voice.  He was also passionate about the levelling up of the rural communities, way before the Government set it as a priority.  He was very good at maintaining relationships and ensuring that people work together for local success.  The legacy he has left is a very strong SWLEP, highly rated by government, financially secure, and able to offer the kind of support through our Growth Hub which is also extremely well regarded by both government and our customers. We thank John for all his hard work and dedication over the years and offer our sincere condolences to Carole and all the Mortimer family. 

Photo caption: John Mortimer, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Chair, 2015-2020

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JM Business Growth Summit 2018 (1)

The Fundamentals


Who we are

Find out about the LEP, our vision and meet our Board.

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Birds eye view of SWLEP

What we do

Championing local growth with responsibility towards the community

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Making decisions

Board structure and governance framework

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Our Finances

Where do we get our funding from and what do we spend it on

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The 2019 SWLEP Annual Report

It has been another busy year investing in and developing our economy. We have supported the resilient communities in Swindon and South Wiltshire following two economic shocks, continued to empower businesses through our Growing Places Infrastructure Fund, completed more major infrastructure projects and invested in the new Corsham Digital Mansion.

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Our Strategic Objectives



A well connected, reliable and resilient transport system supporting economic development growth at key locations is at the heart of our strategy

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Digital Capability

Excellence in digital connectivity and transformation to achieve business growth, innovative public services and influence societal change

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Skills and Talent

Nurturing an appropriately-skilled and competitive workforce to achieve our growth ambitions whilst providing world-class opportunities

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People and skills

Business Development

To strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium sized businesses whilst attracting a significant foreign and domestic investment in the area

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What we have achieved

See our work in action

The work of the SWLEP is often most visible in the infrastructure and place-shaping projects it funds, delivering a well-connected, reliable and resilient transport system that supports the continued development of our city, towns and villages as thriving and attractive places to live and work

Growth Hub website

A place for your business to grow

The Growth Hub is an exciting new online community developed exclusively for the businesses of Swindon and Wiltshire. The Hub directs you to a wide range of impartial business support and advice, as well as providing valuable insights, access to events, specialist programmes and funding to help your business thrive.

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