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New investment & innovation support for creative and green tech businesses coming soon to the South West

Creative tech and green tech businesses in the South West are set for a boost this Autumn with two new programmes of specialist support being launched by SETsquared.

The support will hone in on critical business needs such as raising investment, developing scalable and profitable business plans, and identifying and applying for appropriate funding for all-important research and...

The savvy navvy app

Dorset marine tech firm part of campaign to protect vitally important seagrass meadows

Data from the South West is being used to help to protect global seagrass habitats from being destroyed, thanks to a new partnership between Dorset marine tech company savvy navvy, not-for-profit Clean Sailors and the Ocean Conservation Trust.

Seagrass is one of the Ocean’s most valuable habitats. The global ‘#protectourbeds´ campaign aims to bring greater awareness to water-users on...

Feritech Innovation Centre, showing the state of the art solar roof.

Feritech Global wins FSB Sustainability Award for South West Region

Cornwall marine engineering business Feritech Global has been named as winner of the Sustainability Award in the South West Final of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2023.

These awards are the largest scheme of their kind in the UK. The South West regional winners were announced at a gala event on Wednesday 1st March at the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare. For the...

Kelpi’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr Stefanie Federle at work in the lab

Bath-based Kelpi lands £3m Seed funding to develop fully biodegradable biomaterials from seaweed

Bath-based climate tech innovator Kelpi has secured more than £3 million fundraising to advance its pioneering technology creating biomaterial coatings from seaweed.

The funding round, announced today, will bring sustainable packaging for the food & drink and cosmetics sectors a step closer to supermarket shelves. Kelpi’s unique coatings will enable recyclable and home- or...

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Feritech Global welcomes announcement on floating offshore wind acceleration

Falmouth-based Feritech Global has welcomed the UK Government announcement that floating offshore wind development (FLOW) will be accelerated.

In an announcement on 23 September 2022, the UK Government made it clear that, not only is Floating Offshore Wind an essential technology for achieving long-term energy security for the UK, but it also wants to speed up the way in which...

Blue Earth Summit 2021

Blue Earth Summit: Breakthrough business event redefining how we live and work

Breakthrough business event Blue Earth Summit is returning to Bristol from 11-13th October 2022 with a shared belief that business can be a force for good in protecting our planet and its people.

The expected 5,000 attendees include fledgling start-ups, established business leaders, representatives from FTSE 100 companies as well as inspiring individuals sharing fresh ideas....

A plane takes flight

Government backs South West as world leader in Smart and Sustainable Aviation

The Heart of the South West LEP, West of England Combined Authority, and Department for International Trade have launched a Smart and Sustainable Aviation High Potential Opportunity for the South West.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has recognised the South West of England as a High Potential Opportunity (HPO) for the development, demonstration, and adoption of new and...

A JET fusion reactor

Top universities back plan to bring fusion research to the South West

A campaign to bring the UK’s flagship fusion energy research project to the South West has received a boost, as four of the UK’s top universities announced their support for the project.

The GW4 Alliance , a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, are backing the Western Gateway’s bid to bring the UK’s first prototype fusion plant to sites in...

An Airbus A380 with landing gear deployed

Airbus A380 powered by cooking oil takes to the skies

An Airbus A380 has completed a three hour flight powered primarily by cooking oil, the aerospace firm has announced .

The aircraft took off from Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France, on Friday 25 March. The flight lasted about three hours, operating one Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The fuel was made from Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty...


"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,...