Swindon and Wiltshire, just an hour from London, is home to household names such as Intel and Dyson, as well as world-leading life sciences expertise at Porton Down.

Life Sciences

The Porton Science Park offers incoming companies access to facilities at the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL), a hot-bed of innovation with over 2,000 staff working on collaborations between industry, academia and the military. This includes MHRA and FDA approved laboratories in a secure setting. 


Wiltshire is home to the Ministry of Defence’s Global Cyber Operations Centre and hosts a Super Garrison of the British Army. The significant military presence offers growing firms a rich pool of talent to recruit from, including those in a range of digital, cyber and advanced engineering industries. 

Companies are also utilising the area’s facilities, including numerous ex-military air bases, to test and develop electric and autonomous vehicles and applications for hydrogen technology. 


Key sites include Honda’s site in excess of 200 acres, offering huge scope for a range of inward investment projects. There are also highly visible major sites along the M4 corridor capable of accommodating up to 1 million sq ft. 

For further information please download our ‘Inward Investment Overview’ e-book. 

The LEP also offers financial support to expanding firms. Cost-effective loans towards capital expenditure of up to £1m can be applied for and we will also consider equity investments. Further information is available on the GPIF Programme page.