A new initiative aims to help Swindon and Wiltshire businesses through a series of business briefings with insider tips, B2B networking, and free access to co-working facilities.

The first of the Business Briefing series, hosted at Swindon’s new innovation and business hub the Workshed, takes place on Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14thFebruary, 11am to 12.30pm.

Romance might not be in the air, but the event aims to help businesses build relationships with each other, as well as theDefence and Security Accelerator, an MoD initiative to promote innovation and entrepreneurship through grant funding and advice.

Guest speaker will be Defence and Security Accelerator’s Ben Whitaker, offering insight into how businesses can access the £40m funding pot as well as vital support for product development and innovation.

“Many businesses don’t realise that the technology or innovation they are developing could have relevance to the defence and security of the UK” says Whitaker. “Our job is to encourage people to see how their business fits with our objectives, and to help them access the funding they need to move ahead with development.”

The Defence and Security Accelerator is a UK Government organisation that funds the development of innovations spanning cyber security and novel materials, to energy storage and regenerative medicine, and everything in between.

After a short presentation there will be an hour or so of networking. Anyone joining will also have free access to Workshed’s wonderful co-working workspaces and break-out areas for the whole day …including 1Gig wifi, hot drinks and an introduction to business support available in the area.

“The Workshed is a great asset for helping new business in Swindon and the surrounding areas” says centre manager Jolyon Rose. “As well as flexible office space and meetings rooms, there is plenty of space for co-working, networking and connecting with other businesses”.

“Our prices are hard to beat too” he added.

Businesses can reserve their free spots at the session via the Eventbrite booking page.

Find out more about Workshed and events there at www.theworkshed.co.uk or call Jolyon on 01793 230 322.

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