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3:23pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Business
WOMEN and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson visited Ludgershall on Friday to see the businesses being started and run by military wives and other women.
The minister toured the new Castledown Enterprise Centre, which is helping support military personnel and their wives in new enterprising initiatives by providing start-up space, on-site support, fast broadband connectivity and access to rural economy grants.
The project has been made possible by the Swindon and Wiltshire’s Regional Growth Network, which received £250,000 from the Government Equalities Office.
Mrs Swinson said: “Encouraging entrepreneurship is vital to building a stronger economy and we want to see more women setting up their own businesses.
“The Government Equalities Office has provided a £1.6m 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.”
Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet member for economy, skills and transport, said: “We are proud of the growing military element of this county and it’s so pleasing to see these enterprising women embrace the support on offer.”
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