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Devon and Cornwall receive £1.8m funding boost to support thousands of people into skilled jobs

Devon County Council and Cornwall Council have been awarded £1.8 million funding from the Department for Education’s National Skills Fund to run a third year of tech and digital Skills Bootcamps .

The Train4Tomorrow Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses lasting up to 16 weeks, that offer adults the opportunity to retrain into in-demand job roles in emerging and growth sectors. The...

SpaceBands raises £450k to launch holistic hazard perception wearable

A Bristol-based pioneer in social distancing devices has built upon its success during the pandemic and pivoted into the wider health and safety market with a £450,000 investment.

SpaceBands ’ first wrist-worn device, launched in May 2020, helped employees stay safe during the pandemic by storing contact tracing data and vibrating when users are less than 2m apart.


The bootcamps will provide training in skills such as digital marketing, construction, welding, gree

Metro Mayor secures £3.3 million to expand Skills Bootcamps programme in West of England

£3.3 million in funding has been secured by Metro Mayor Dan Norris to expand a series of successful Skills Bootcamp programmes through the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

The investment, announced on the WECA website , will allow another 1,200 West of England learners to take part in Skills Bootcamps at locations across the region.

The Skills Bootcamps will be...


"Fitting legacy": Cornwall earmarked for 10% of national innovation fund

The Government has ringfenced £1m from the ninth round of the £10m Energy Entrepreneurs Fund for projects based in Cornwall, "to reflect the important part played by Cornwall in the 2021 G7 and [...] to create a positive legacy."

The Energy Entrepreneurs Fund has been developed to support sustainable innovation in the areas of energy efficiency, power generation, heat generation,...

The National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland. Credit: ORE Catapult

Marine-i offers world-class testing support to local marine tech businesses

Marine-i is calling on local marine tech businesses to take advantage of fully-funded testing capacity available at its partner sites this year to accelerate their innovation.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and...

Anchoring system for floating offshore wind

Two Cornish companies supported by £60m renewable energy fund

Marine-i has welcomed the news that floating offshore wind projects will receive more than £60m in public and private investment, to develop new technologies that will accelerate development of the fast growing renewable energy industry.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly...

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Funding announced for data analytical and digital innovation projects in HotSW region

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership has announced a new funding call for projects to tackle key economic and societal challenges through data analytics and digital innovation, a priority in the region’s Build Back Better plan.

The Heart of the South West LEP has identified ‘Digital’ as the highest priority for investment to deliver clean and inclusive...


£40m raised for SW innovators with Innovate UK EDGE in 2021

Since launching in January 2021, Innovate UK EDGE has driven growth across the South West, helping regional innovators to raise over £27m in equity investments and loans, and more than £13m in grant funding.

Ambitious businesses from Penzance to Cheltenham have worked with Innovate UK EDGE Finance Specialists to identify appropriate funding sources, become investment ready and submit...

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Funding the future of your business - from bank loans to angel investment

FounderCatalyst is a supporting partner for the Tech South West StartUp Studio, a virtual accelerator for early stage tech companies in the South West.

Whether your business reaches its goals in 2 years or 10 years will probably come down to the availability of cash. At one end of the scale you can bootstrap, sweat the business for all it’s worth and insist everyone brings their own...

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British Business Bank: Funding your startup

All new companies need funding of some sort to get started. So, where can an early-stage business get this support from?

The bank of mum and dad

The first port of call is often friends and family – they know you already and (hopefully) believe in your business. This can be a particularly helpful capital injection for early-stage founders who have no prior track record in business and...