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Government minister in Ludgershall visit
1:10pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
WOMEN and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson visited Ludgershall today to see how military wives and other local women have been helped to start and grow their businesses thanks to funding from Swindon and Wiltshire’s Regional Growth Network.
The network received £250,000 from the Government Equalities Office.
The minister toured the new Enterprise Centre in Ludgershall, which is helping support military personnel and their wives start their new enterprising initiatives by providing new start-up space, on-site support, fast broadband connectivity and access to rural economy grants.
Jo Swinson said: “Encouraging entrepreneurship is vital to building a stronger economy and we want to see more women setting up their own businesses. But we know living in a rural area can present specific challenges and prevent budding entrepreneurs from getting ahead.
“To help turn business dreams into reality, the Government Equalities Office has provided a £1.6 million fund to support women’s enterprise in rural areas, with nearly £250,000 going to Wiltshire.
“It’s great to be able to see how women are benefiting from this support. I’m sure they will be a real inspiration for other aspiring businesswomen.”
One of the women to benefit from the funding is Kristen Smith, a military wife, who has built up a highly successful specialist healthcare recruitment consultancy, Staff Medical Ltd. Kristen said: “My advice would be for military wives who have a great business idea to make the most of the support and help available through The Enterprise Network in Wiltshire and Swindon. “There’s really nothing to lose in taking your idea to the next stage.”
To give women the tools they need to succeed the Government is also providing a range of other support, including access to over 150,000 business mentors and better online help and support from the Women’s Business Council.
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