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Build new ‘Regional Investment Bank’ to boost growth outside London, says leading think tank

Establishing a Regional Investment Bank could support regional economic hubs outside of London and the South East, by giving them better access to public and private investment and closing the “equity finance gap”, a leading think tank has claimed.

The proposal from the Social Market Foundation (SMF) expands on a suggestion originally made in Gordon Brown’s Commission on the future...

Caroline Orr, Marketing Director at Astley Media

Caroline Orr, Astley Media: How can South West tech brands plug into regional opportunities?

Caroline Orr, Marketing Director at Astley Media , shares her insight on the SW Tech Analysis Report and how tech brands in the region can plug into regional opportunities.

The South West Tech Analysis Report reveals the opportunities and challenges facing the region’s tech sector.

Often, they are two sides of the same coin.

Take geography, for example. Are we a...

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Cornish businesses visit world-class facilities at National Renewable Energy Centre

Five businesses from Cornwall visited the National Renewable Energy Centre last week on a fully funded trip, for an in-depth tour of the test facilities at the site in Blyth, Northumberland. The flagship centre, which is owned by ORE Catapult, is one of over 20 world-class test facilities which businesses supported by Marine-i can access, in order to accelerate innovation in marine technology...

Dr Andrew Dean, Head of Regional Impact at the University of Exeter

Andrew Dean, University of Exeter: Our universities can help drive sustainable growth and innovation in the tech sector

Dr Andrew Dean, Head of Regional Impact at the University of Exeter , shares his insight on the inaugural South West Tech Analysis Report and why our Universities can be key to seizing this opportunity.

About the University of Exeter and why we wanted to be involved

There are 169,800 students at the region’s 14 universities, including 19,500 tech and engineering students, but the...

David Tansley of Deloitte

Dave Tansley, Deloitte: It’s time for the South West tech sector to grasp this amazing opportunity for growth

Dave Tansley, UK vice chair at Deloitte , shares his insight on the inaugural South West Tech Analysis Report and why this report will galvanise the tech community in a journey of collaboration for growth.

Involvement as headline sponsor in the commissioning of this report was an obvious choice for Deloitte. Mapping out and understanding the existing ecosystem has never been as...

A runner using a smart watch

University Of Exeter: Tech-based health and exercise programmes less beneficial for users with low socio-economic status, study shows

Technology-based health and exercise programmes and apps, designed to offer a convenient and accessible way to boost physical activity, are dramatically less beneficial for users with low socio-economic status, a study has shown.

A team of experts, including Professor Mark Kelson from the University of Exeter , have conducted a major study to determine whether digital health...

A hospital

Airway Medical completes first prototypes of emergency airway suction device manufactured from plants

Airway Medical , in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth and Versarien PLC, have announced the conclusion of their project to further the development of The AMSU™ - a novel airway suction device developed to save the lives of patients with blocked airways and improving the well-being of people with a multitude of chronic conditions.

The project was part-funded by a grant...

Harry Singer with a pizza

Spider DNA and office barbecues: Harry Singer, Singer Instruments

SWTD spoke to Harry Singer, CEO of Singer Instruments , about his plans for one of the South West’s standout tech businesses.

Harry, what is Singer Instruments?

Essentially, we develop laboratory automation to accelerate the research work of scientists who want to make the world a better place.

From our headquarters in Somerset, on the edge of Exmoor, we have a global...

Director of Aerospace Cornwall, Gail Eastaugh

AeroSpace Cornwall to deliver the UK's first-ever MILO Ambassador programme

The MILO Insitute and Lockheed Martin have signed a deal that will see Redruth-based AeroSpace Cornwall deliver the UK's first-ever MILO Ambassador programme, reinforcing Cornwall's place at the cutting edge of UK space science.

The MILO Institute is a collective formed by Arizona State University, with a mission of “transforming space science through shared cost and global...

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Major new tech research project for South West

Tech South West is commissioning the first full region-wide report into the South West of England’s tech sector.

Led by Whitecap Consulting, the research project will draw together data and insight from across the sector, combining national and regional sources including key economic data. At its heart will be detailed analysis, case studies and recommendations, with a focus on...