The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) has announced the opening in Chippenham of the first business-led cyber centre in the UK.
Learning from the best cyber initiatives around the world – specifically, Be’er Sheba in Israel – the Business Cyber Centre (BCC) is based on a partnership of defence, security, academia, and entrepreneurial expertise.
Paddy Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of SWLEP, said, “The BCC will transform the future of UK business by making cyber security a catalyst for growth. By working alongside cyber businesses and educators and having a diverse group of organisations linked to one site, the BCC will offer key support and enable significant skills and specialist job growth in our region.”
Based at the Greenways Business Park in Chippenham, the BCC building consists of 21,000 square feet across three floors with space to rent specifically for cyber businesses, a conference facility with a capacity for 140 people, other meeting rooms for hire, a desk-for-hire space on the ground floor opposite a large café and space for evening events.
The BCC’s primary objective is to create cyber confidence and support SMEs to grow and grow safely. Services to SMEs will be affordable, delivered remotely to meet the expectations of start-up and growing SMEs, and importantly be relevant and current. The Centre will provide a range of services extending from virtual cyber training to security awareness for cyber-SMEs and micro-businesses, through to specialist courses and cyber career employment opportunities for both young adults, mature learners, and existing cyber professionals and freelancers.
SWLEP Chair, Paul Moorby said, “The SWLEP has built a strong, highly-skilled, regional partnership to deliver the Business Cyber Centre. My thanks to the University of Bath, Defence Digital, the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for their valued expertise and ongoing support.
“The BCC is designed specifically for SMEs to use as a base to scale up within the £5 billion a year UK cyber market.”
There is a passion amongst the team at the BCC to ensure that it will fully deliver on its aims to:
- engage with, and provide affordable and relevant services, to SMEs;
- create and build a powerful community that can tackle any cyber challenge with confidence;
- transform the future of UK business by making cyber security a catalyst for growth;
- enable acceleration and innovation of cyber brands for the future;
- create a community and eco-system, working with partners and in partnership, to develop skills and help businesses to grow safely; and future proof UK business by closing the cyber skills gap
Perhaps most importantly, the team will communicate clearly and simply in plain English, avoiding the kind of ‘cyber-speak’ which many SMEs dread.
The formal opening of the cyber centre will take place on Tuesday 10th May.
In addition, the Centre will also be home to the Swindon and Wiltshire Cyber Cluster (SWCC) and will facilitate exclusive networking and contract opportunities for cyber professionals.
Alongside the aims of the BCC, the SWCC will also support the UK Government’s Cyber Security Strategy and local economic priorities by building cyber security knowledge, skills, infrastructure, and capabilities to make local businesses more resilient to cyber-attacks through minimising risks.
To find out more and to ensure you are kept up to date with all of the developments at the BCC and cyber security in general, please register your details at https://www.bcc.co.uk/contact/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a cyber business and interested in the Swindon and Wiltshire Cyber Cluster, contact Brea Woods at: email@example.com
You can follow the BCC on:
LinkedIn- Business Cyber Centre
Pictured above: the reception of the BCC building at the Greenways Business Park in Chippenham