Innovate Local South West

Business Innovation and Cyber Futures in Gloucestershire, Swindon & Wiltshire

Event Details

24/03/2021 - 25/03/2021

09.30 - 15.00



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Business Innovation and Cyber Futures

Join us for this two-day event where SMEs, entrepreneurs, support agencies and policy makers will come together to discuss opportunities and initiatives for the future of Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire and the wider South West region.

Webinar recording is now available

Welcome to Innovate Local, South West. This two-day event (24th-25th March) is for innovators within Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire and beyond – SMEs, entrepreneurs, support agencies and policy makers will come together to discuss opportunities and initiatives for the future of cyber, as well as support for innovative SMEs in the region (regardless of sector).

A variety of online sessions will provide information on regional priorities and prospects including:

  • Cyber-tech innovation
  • Regional and national support for your business
  • Access to funding and finance
  • Collaboration, Research and Development
  • Forthcoming cyber developments for the region

We understand the challenges that businesses face and this series of short seminars aims to provide relevant and timely information from the comfort of your own home, office or working space! Most content will be recorded.

This event is organised by Innovate UK and delivered in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK EDGE, Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership.

Why attend?

  • You’ll find out about local economic priorities and the opportunities and incentives for ambitious businesses and innovators
  • You’ll hear from and have the chance to meet national and local support agencies. They can help you form collaborative partnerships, undertake research and development, access funding and finance and grow skills and talent to support your business
  • You’ll hear from local businesses about their innovation journeys
  • You’ll network with people you could work with to fast track your innovation


Wednesday, 24th March

  • 09:30 – Cyber as a focus for Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire: Local networks, infrastructure and regional engagement for your Cyber business.

Welcome | Innovate UK Layla Burrows Regional Manager South West

    1. GFirst LEP | David Owen, Chief Executive
    2. Swindon & Wiltshire LEP | Paddy Bradley, Chief Executive
    3. Innovate UK | Agata Samojlowicz, Deputy Challenge Director, Digital
      Security by Design
    4. CyNam | Chris Dunning-Walton, Founder & Chairman
    5. Cyber Central | Reid Derby, Innovation Lead
    6. Business Cyber Centre | Andrew Gudgeon OBE, Director SWLEP and Head of Enterprise and Operational Risk, Zurich UKI
  • 11:00Case studies: Hear from regional businesses who have been successful with
    grant funding, the benefits for collaboration and the KTN’s Cyber ASAP university
    spin out.
    1. Synalogik | Dan White, Chief Commercial Officer & Founder
    2. Toshiba and Configured Things | John McNicol, Toshiba Research and Patrick Goldsack Director & Founder
    3. University of Bristol and SurfaceRF | Andy Collins, Business Development Executive
  • 13:00 – National support and funding for your Cyber business. Grant funding
    opportunities, accelerator programmes and foundations for standards:
    1. Innovate UK | Georgios Papadakis, Senior Innovation Lead – Digital Security by
    2. Horizon Europe | Zale Johnson, National Contact Point & Global Innovation
      Lead for Security
    3. National Cyber Security Centre | Senior NCSC representative
    4. KTN Cyber ASAP | Robin Kennedy, Cybersecurity Knowledge Transfer Manager
    5. British Standards Institution | Tim McGarr, Sector Lead Digital
    6. SW Cyber Resilience Centre | Mark Moore, Director
  • 14:30 – Close

Thursday, 25th March

  • 09:30 – Support for your business – who can help with business growth, access finance, collaborative partnerships and grant funding.

Welcome, Innovate UK | Layla Burrows, Regional Manager South West

Innovate UK EDGE: Innovate UK’s investment in the innovative businesses that
drive economic growth – delivering bespoke advisory services for SME’s

    1. Introduction and overview | Paul O’Collins, Head of Innovation
    2. Access to Finance | Ben Masheder, Access to Funding & Finance
    3. Pitching your company to investors | Ed Tellwright, Access to Finance Sector Lead
  • 10:40 – British Business Bank | Paul Jones, Senior ManagerUK Network Team
  • 11:10 – Growth Hubs – your local gateway to business support
    1. Growth Hub Gloucestershire – Alex Cottrell, Growth Hub Manager
    2. Growth Hub Swindon & Wiltshire – Chris Stevens, Growth Hub Manager
  • 11:40 – Break
  • 12:00 – KTN Stephen Woodhouse | Knowledge Transfer Advisor
  • 13:00 – Scale-up 4 Growth Gloucestershire and Innovation 4 Growth Swindon and
    Wiltshire. New business support and grant funding delivered by University of the
    West of England | Robin Halpenny, Business Development Team Manager

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