A BUSINESS growth consultancy has been chosen to help small and medium-sized industries grow in Swindon and Wiltshire.

Wiltshire-based Inspire, which works with the Local Enterprise Partnership to provide intensive support programmes for start-ups, has been chosen as ambassadors for growth by the ScaleUp Institute for the second time.

The institute is a not-for-profit company that aims to make the UK a fertile breeding ground for start-ups to take their business to the next level.

Almost 150 businesses have benefitted from the organisation’s Inspire Elite programme, a five-year strategy focussing on a combination of peer-to-peer networking, education, intensive support through workshops, one-to-one advice, and a strong ecosystem involving a wide-ranging group of more than 60 partner organisations.

Rob Perks, CEO of Inspire, said: “Being ScaleUp Ambassadors for Swindon and Wiltshire is a real feather in our cap but, more importantly, it shows that the programme we have in place provides the right support and solutions to help start-ups in the area overcome the key challenges.”

Inspire has also partnered with Goldman Sachs to introduce members to the 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme, a key element of which is an opportunity to help scaling businesses develop clear business strategies for business growth

“The Goldman Sachs programme is also proving invaluable to businesses, with a third of members having been through the programme,” he added.

“At Inspire, we have invested in ongoing training and development for our client-facing team, so we can provide ScaleUp with all the help they need.”

This year the company is hoping to achieve the ScaleUp Institute Gold Standard.

Rob added: “We are going for gold status this year, which would be absolutely fantastic both for us and our clients.”

Inspire works to close the skills gap in sectors across Wiltshire and works closely with Wiltshire Council.

Mandy Paterson, chief operating officer at Inspire, is also the chair of Wiltshire Council’s Education, employment and skills board.