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RTS Group

Wiltshire-based digital agency receives funding boost

Joe Bevan
Authored by Joe Bevan
Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 11:06

Wiltshire creative digital agency RTS Group has accelerated its post-pandemic growth with support through SWIG Finance.

The Lacock- based business helps other organisations by using data insights to create bespoke learning and development solutions aimed at upskilling their workforces.  

Pre-pandemic, RTS Group typically used a blend of digital and face-to-face learning. Now the business leans more towards digital, in response to market demand, and is developing some exciting alternatives to face-to-face learning, such as 3D virtual learning solutions which simulate face-to-face learning without the need for in-person activity. 

The business is now growing at pace and the capital injection from SWIG Finance will be used to invest in people, skills, and product development. Several new jobs are planned in the next 12 months. 

RTS were referred to SWIG Finance via Terry Dean of Commercial Sense. The support was backed by the British Business Bank’s Recovery Loan Scheme, with support from Triodos Bank

Managing Director Jess Starley said: “The business has gone through some major changes recently and having successfully pivoted into being a digital organisation, we’re very excited about our new product range. Our Business Manager, Jordan, was great to work with, he was clearly very interested in and supportive of our business, which we felt was a refreshing approach to business support.” 

SWIG Business Manager Jordan Berg said “RTS were impacted heavily throughout the pandemic with disruption to training budgets and the sectors their clients operate in. With a history spanning over 30 years, it was clear RTS was a strong business with an experienced management team worthy of support. It’s great to see how the business has adapted to market changes and how our funding is helping to accelerate their growth.” 

John Sharpe, relationship manager at Triodos Bank UK, which provided a loan to SWIG to support funding such as this, added: “The aim of all of the bank’s finance is to make money work for positive change. We know that SMEs can often struggle to access lending, and our partnership with SWIG allows us to help start-ups and growing businesses fulfil their potential, as these enterprises really have the ability to transform a community. 

“We look forward to hearing more about the impact that SMEs like RTS Group have in their local area.” 

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