EIN-SW help engineering growth in the region

By Anita Jaynes on 2 November, 2013

EIN-SW the Engineering Innovation Network for the South West celebrated a year since its launch in August of this year.

The highly successful project is now working with over 60 businesses in the South West. Based at Wiltshire College the project is delivered in partnership with Bridgwater College, Swindon College, and The University of Bath. The project enabled by an ERDF grant offers practical, technical and professional support to help engineering and small manufacturing businesses in the South West to develop new products and improve their competitiveness.

EIN-SW recently supported the Engineering Innovation programme at the Bath Innovation Centre which specifically targeted engineering businesses. Six of the attendees came through the EIN-SW network and spent an intensive three days being enlightened by guest speakers on “Bringing their business plan to life“, looking at their financials and absorbing advice on marketing; gleaned from lecturers with long careers in global marketing.

The three day programme culminated in the entrepreneurs presenting to an industry specific panel

with the view of gaining opportunities for investment. Ed Elias from Aerotails www.aerotails.com and Dave Thomas of HHO Fuelsaver Ltd were announced as the winners at an informal gathering.

Dr Simon Scott who lead the programme said “The companies involved made some great progress in a very short time which I am sure they can use to move them on to the next level.”

One of the members attending is at the very early stage of their business and during the week named the business and secured the website names as the first rung on the ladder to a new business venture.

To find out more about EINSW visit: www.einsw.org.uk

To find out more about the Entrepreneurship Programme at the Bath Innovation Centre contact Simon Bond at The Bath Innovation Centre www.ubic.org.uk