With a focus on cyber-security, the BCC will work within a rapidly growing eco-system of business, academia and military organisations focussed on cyber security in the Swindon and Wiltshire area.
Its primary objective will be to create cyber confidence and support SMEs to grow. Services to SMEs will be affordable and will be delivered remotely to meet the expectations of start-ups and growing organisations.
The BCC will provide services ranging from virtual cyber training to security awareness for cyber-SMEs and micro-businesses, through to specialist courses and cyber career opportunities for young adults, mature learners, and existing cyber professionals and freelancers.
The BCC has been allocated £3.7 million of a successful £9.7 million grant from the Getting Building Fund (GBF) secured by the SWLEP. The fund has been provided by central Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will be the first business-led cyber centre in the UK, and will partner with Government departments and funded organisations, such as the National Cyber Security Centre, to address the pressing need to support SMEs and to help close the cyber skills gap.
SWLEP Chair, Paul Moorby, said, “Working with our key strategic partners we will seek to build upon the existing ecosystem and cyber community to create opportunities for SMEs and cyber professionals.
“The BCC’s skills and research agenda, shaped in partnership with the University of Bath, will help to close the UK’s cyber skills gap. Working with Defence Digital at MOD Corsham and other MOD organisations in the region, we are looking to maximise opportunities for learners, SMEs, freelancers and veterans.
“As Chair, I am delighted that this project has been funded by the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy and that SWLEP is working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and other central Government departments and organisations such as the National Cyber Security Centre, to maximise this investment in the local economy and within the Western Gateway. We would also like to thank our corporate partners, Nationwide Building Society and Zurich Insurance based in Swindon for their ongoing commitment to this exciting project.”
Tom Marshall, Business Development Manager for the BCC said, “Cyber security has never been more relevant, both to businesses and individuals. The threat of financial loss and risk to intellectual property is constant and is only going to increase, therefore it is essential to be able to access the specialist knowledge and support to mitigate this risk. The Business Cyber Centre will provide the support required for UK businesses to grow safely.
“We will be testing our products and services with businesses in the region later in 2021 and invite businesses who are interested in joining a cohort to enquire through our website.”