The Entrepreneurial and Innovative Communities Project (EICP) has been set up to enable Small and Medium Enterprises based in South West Wales support, and help increase the resilience of, their communities by developing a more socially responsible approach to their operations.

The project is responding to a community need for a coordinating and communicating role that has been identified in the Swansea Bay City region (Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire) during COVID-19 which will bring together SME businesses (both those that have been providing support to their communities and those that wish to) with the community members that really need them.

Led by Swansea University in conjunction with a range of partners, the project is bringing together representation from the public sector, private sector and third sector, as well as academics, to share knowledge and best practice and ensure that businesses take action, public sector organisations know who will support them and third sector organisations actively participate in the planning of activities.

The project will network organisations with a desire to enhance our region, both economically and socially, and help identify need and deliver support where possible.

Through sharing knowledge and best practice, a ‘what works well’ approach can be taken to replicate good work in other areas, bridging social and economic differences in rural and urban Wales.