In March 2015, the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership commissioned Wavehill to evaluate the impact of The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub. Forming part of the Wave 2 Business Growth Programme the Hub was opened to bids from successful Wave 2 City Deal areas for submission in November 2013.
Known locally as the Gateway for Growth Programme (G4G) the Swindon and Wiltshire programme went live in January 2014 with an end date of March 2015 for grant disbursement with outputs to be reported through to December 2016. The evaluation was commissioned to report on the initiative’s economic impact, provide recommendations on delivery mechanism effectiveness and to capture good practice and lessons learnt this involved a desk based review of relevant documentation and socio-economic data, consultations with key stakeholders and a survey of businesses that participated in the G4G programme.
Wavehill were subsequently commissioned to evaluate the Growth Hub programme for the both the 2015/16 and the 2016/17 financial years adopting a broadly similar methodological approach for each phase.
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