The MOD's announcement on Army 2020 and the Army Basing Plan outlined the number of troops returning from Germany and around £1bn investment by MOD. 20th Armoured Brigade with more than 4,000 troops will relocate from Germany to the Salisbury Plain area by 2020. Other infrastructure investment, including health, transport and education in the Salisbury Plain area will be included as part of the programme. This includes building some 900 family homes for service personnel and their families, and in the Bulford, Upavon, Tidworth, Perham Down and Larkhill camps, providing single living accommodation for some 3,000 soldiers together with new offices, mess facilities and technical facilities.Close
Technical training for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers commenced at the Defence College of Technical Training in October 2015. This workstream will eventually be subsumed into a wider MOD estate optimization programme. The new programme will ensure all development at MOD sites and sites being disposed of are planned in an optimal way for the benefit of local communities and the MOD.
The Wiltshire Community Covenant was first launched in August 2011. The aim of the covenant is to encourage local communities to support the service community and enhance understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community. It was ratified by Wiltshire at the Wiltshire Assembly in December 2013, and re-signed by Wiltshire Council, the MoD and representatives from industry and the public and voluntary sectors in March 2017 at MoD Lyneham.
The current Wiltshire Armed Forces Covenant and a full list of signatories can be found in the download section.
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The main purpose is to support the employment aspirations of service leavers and military dependants and explore ways they can attain new skills that will be valued by local employers so they can secure jobs appropriate to their valuable skills attained through military life. Inspire (insert link) is a business support service which works in collaboration with MOD’s Careers Transition Partnership.
Higher Futures is a Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) initiative to unlock the economic potential of the military presence and use the skills of Armed Forces veterans, reservists and their dependents to support business growth. SWLEP and the MCI are working in collaboration to achieve these outcomes. Higher Futures is manged jointly by Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council.
The Enterprise Network (TEN) takes a new approach to rural economic development that aims to nurture new and developing businesses with growth potential through their formative stages; raise entrepreneurial confidence and ambition; and support military leavers and military partners who are keen to start or grow a business in Swindon and Wiltshire.
There are four enterprise centres at Castledown Business Park, Ludgershall; Old Fire Station, Salisbury; Manor House, Royal Wootton Bassett; and White Horse Business Park, Trowbridge. These have been opened across Wiltshire for small or start-up businesses to flourish and grow. A further six enterprise centres, run by private sector partners at 3D Enterprise Centre, Wiltshire College; Shambles Retail Incubator, Devizes; Elcot Park, Marlborough; Butts Business Centre, Chiseldon; Glove Factory Studios, Holt; and Enterprise Centre, Tisbury; have been supported, providing the ideal environment for business to thrive.
The Enterprise Network offers: offices, hot desks and co-working space, free business support and advice, information about any available business grants, meeting/training rooms, business networking and virtual office facilities. There have been a number of events to support enterprise among the military community. This workstream has also been supported by Inspire.Close
We lead on best practice with other garrisons with MCI partnerships (nationally and regionally) to ensure MCI groups across the UK can learn lessons from each other to improve integration.
Following two successful programmes of funding, Sustain the Plain (2002-2007) and Plain Action (2008-2013), further funding was awarded for 2015 -2021 for Plain Action and for a new Local Action Group (LAG) Vale Action based on the A350 corridor. Both areas have been awarded £1.380m and £1.372m respectively.. The programme will be targeted at creating jobs and improving the economy in rural areas through six priorities: Support for increasing farm productivity, support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification, support for rural tourism, provision of rural services, support for cultural and heritage activity, and support for increasing forestry productivity.
The whole of Wiltshire will be covered by six LAGs; North Wessex Downs LAG, Heart of Wessex LAG, Cotswold LAG, Plain Action LAG and Vale Action LAG.