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£1.5 million fund launched for UK space tech

The UK Space Agency has announced new funding to support ambitious plans for the exploration of space.

Proposals could include ideas such as the utilisation of resources beyond Earth’s atmosphere, the use of nuclear power in space or the exploration the Moon, and Mars.

The funding call, which is part of the UK Space Agency’s Space Exploration programme, invites the space...

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RD&I funding announced for newcomers to marine tech

Marine-i has announced research, development and innovation (RD&I) support for businesses that are newcomers to the marine sector.

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

The programme brings...

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Future Fund: Breakthrough breaks free

This is a guest post from Bishop Fleming , a Top 30 accounting firm in the UK and an award winning tax practice.

As announced in the Spring 2021 Budget , a new £375m Future Fund: Breakthrough scheme has been launched to help support high growth, innovative and R&D intensive firms.

The scheme allows the government to co-invest with private investors to help scale-up...


Somerset dairy farm invests £800k in sustainable technology

A family-run dairy farm in the Chew Valley is set to double its productivity thanks to investment in sustainable technology.

Bickfield Farm produces milk exclusively for The Estate Dairy – a luxury dairy manufacturer that distributes milk to high-end restaurants and cafés across London and Oxford.

A loan of £785,000 from Lloyds Bank will be used by the farm to implement a...

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Heart of the South West LEP awarded further £750,000 for digital bootcamps

The Heart of the South West LEP has secured £750,000 of funding from the Department for Education’s National Skills Fund to extend its current programme of Skills Bootcamps across the region. The programme supports thousands of people across the region improve digital skills and obtain high quality jobs.

Comprising flexible courses lasting up to 16 weeks’ duration, the eight...

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Cornish tech startup secures £500k from MoD

A Cornish tech startup is one of three in the UK to have been chosen by the Ministry of Defence to design the "soldier of the future".

Ultrabeam Hydrographic has received £500,000 from the Defence and Security Accelerator’s £2m Map the Gap Phase 2 fund, a competition which aims to develop semi-autonomous reconnaissance and survey systems that help the military cross obstacles such as...

Mike Robinson, founder of Now & Then

£33,000 funding from Aerospace Cornwall for Falmouth University start-up

A startup from Falmouth University’s venture studio, Launchpad , has received an offer of funding from Aerospace Cornwall allowing it to move into the next phase of development.

Now & Then , founded by Mike Robinson, provides tools for attractions, museums, and places of interest to easily create guided tours uniquely tailored to each user, using pre-existing or new content....


How to develop a grant fundable project

A guest post from non-dilutive funding specialists Granted Consultancy .

R&D grant funding is a competitive and often time consuming application process. To ensure a successful approach you need to have a defined project before commencing the bid writing process. By doing this, you’ll ensure the right grant fit for your project whilst keeping a consistent narrative and alignment...

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Isles of Scilly drone trial secures £200,000 funding

A pilot project which will see commercial drones making daily deliveries to the Isles of Scilly will take off later this year.

According to the Isles of Scilly Travel website , the pioneering partnership between the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) experts Flylogix has secured £200,000 of grant funding from Aerospace Cornwall to run the project....

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Beyond the balance sheet – capitalising your IP & software development costs

This is a guest post from Tech South West StartUp Studio partner RSM , a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders.

Many start-up or high growth technology companies face significant initial costs in the creation of their software platform and products, which once completed, will have an enduring benefit to the company for many years.