News in Brief
University’s new partnership with EDF for nuclear energy
The University of Bristol has negotiated a new strategic partnership with French nuclear energy company, EDF, with the aim of establishing a base for nuclear energy research and teaching in the South West. Full story here.
Why tech industries are thriving in the West
The region has weathered the recession and, with a hi-tech cluster in Bristol, has its sights set on the future, according to the Guardian. Read the story here.
Bristol students launch innovative jobs platform
A group of former UWE students have launched Missionly – a platform which allows students to gain practical work based experiences with SMEs in Bristol and Bath. These can range from internships and work placements to freelance work and graduate positions. Missionly will be rolled out in February. Visit the website here.
West of England Aerospace Forum talks innovation and collaboration
Weston will be hosting the West of England Aerospace Forum’s annual conference on February 26th.
The theme of the day is Innovation and Collaboration, with an afternoon session on CLEAN SKY. Confirmed speakers include Professor John Bessant, GE Aviation, Altair, Rolls-Royce and Agusta Westland. Find out more here.
Which Mortgage Advisers celebrate continued growth
Which Mortgage Advisers officially opened its new offices in One Castlepark, Bristol, to accommodate their ongoing expansion. Having launched in May 2011 with just five advisers, it now employs 65 brokers. In the last six months, Which has doubled its adviser and administration teams. Read more here.
UWE launches £4m business growth fund
The University of the West of England has launched a new £4 million fund for businesses. Available to SMEs and large companies, the scheme will part-fund research and developments with grants of between £25,000 and £150,000.
Professor Martin Boddy, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Business Engagement, says: “The fund will enable us to help businesses innovate and grow. Any company with plans for research and development or thinking about an innovative project should consider applying. We would typically fund 35% of project costs for SMEs and a bit less for larger companies – so a significant portion of expenditure can be claimed.
The deadline for applications is March 10th. Find out more here.
Interview with Paul Wilson, CEO of the WE LEP
Read Moon Consulting’s interview with Paul Wilson and find out more about the LEP and why he thinks the South West is a great place to do business. Read it here.
LEPs are driving economic growth across an economic area. They provide a means for local authorities to work together with business in order to quicken the economic recovery.