Coronavirus has reminded us of the importance of community, with local charities and community groups playing a key role in supporting people affected by the crisis. 

A grant of over £4000 has been awarded from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) to WSX Developments and Aldershot Enterprise Centre to help those in need in the Rushmoor area. 

The funding has been made available from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and is being administered by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF).



 Aldershot Enterprise Centre offers managed workspace and business start-up support to new entrepreneurs in North Hampshire and Surrey and this grant will allow any Rushmoor Borough residents to access free office space and support to start a new business. 

Peter Grant, Chief Executive of WSX Developments, said “In the current economic climate, many people will take the opportunity to start their own business.
To be able to offer free office space and business support in our Aldershot Enterprise Centre to people in the Rushmoor area will help immensely.
We are very grateful the DCMS, NET and HIWCF for providing this funding, giving people a new start and make a real difference to their lives.”       

Jonathan Cheshire OBE, HIWCF Chairman commented “We are delighted to be able to support WSX Developments in their work to help those in need in the local community.
Local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations are providing a lifeline to those less fortunate, and it is heartening to see that these organisations have reacted so quickly and have been so resourceful in the face of the pandemic.
The vital services that these organisations provide are more crucial now than ever before but are under threat more than at any other time. HIWCF is continuing to raise funding for charities across our region, for which donations can be made to the ‘We’re All Together’ Fund: ”.   


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WSX Developments run Aldershot Enterprise Centre which has helped over 90 new businesses to prosper in the North Hants and Surrey area, creating over 400 new jobs. It is part of the not for profit Southern Enterprise Alliance group and delivers support to businesses and individuals in the South of England through business support schemes and business skills training. Over 1600 individuals and businesses were helped in 2020.

About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. HIWCF’s in-depth knowledge of local needs and priorities means grants can quickly be distributed across the region to reach the most vulnerable. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: or email HIWCF at

Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

National Emergencies Trust

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