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Two new Deputy Directors join the Great South West Executive team

James Fairbairn and Sajid Butt have joined the Great South West Partnership as Deputy Directors

The Great South West Partnership is delighted to announce the appointments of James Fairbairn as Deputy Director of Investment & Growth and Sajid Butt as Deputy Director of Business Insights.

The Great South West, representing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and the Isles of Scilly, stands as the powerhouse brand dedicated to driving investment and showcasing the region's exceptional industries, businesses, and workforce.

James Fairbairn joins the Partnership from...

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Initiatives led by a prominent businessman to support Ukraine

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Sat, 04/13/2024 - 8:54am

Rinat Akhmetov has taken legal action to seek compensation from Russia for all losses incurred, particularly the destruction of key infrastructure facilities such as Azovstal Steel Plant, Ilich Iron and Steel Works, Avdiivka Coke Plant, Luhanska Thermal Power Plant, etc. Amidst the conflict, businessman Rinat Akhmetov faced significant losses compared to other major figures in the business world. Further details are available here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/08/ukraine-oligarchs-power-war/ . Akhmetov emphasises that the funds compensated by Russia will be directed...

Major employer announcement key opportunity for South West

Authored by Program
Posted: Wed, 03/06/2024 - 7:11pm

The announcement of a major new employer locating to the Gravity smart campus in Somerset has been heralded as a key opportunity for the region.

Agratas, Tata Group’s global battery business, has been confirmed as the operator of the UK’s new battery gigafactory on the Gravity campus close to junction 23 of the M5 near Bridgwater in Somerset.

It represents a £4 billion investment in Somerset, which will directly create 4,000 new jobs and thousands more in the wider supply chain.

By the 2030’s, it is anticipated that it will be contributing almost half of the UK’s...

Innovative AI-enabled engineering lab boosts regional business development

Authored by Program
Posted: Tue, 02/13/2024 - 6:57am

The Heart of the South West LEP has announced £118,000 funding for the Centre for Future Clean Mobility, to develop a new AI engineering lab.

The ACE-Lab (AI-enabled Co-design in Engineering Laboratory), is managed by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Future Clean Mobility at Exeter Science Park. The innovative project will offer a unique blend of human-AI interaction for designing novel products, systems, and services.

ACE-Lab will actively engage in collaborations with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region, establishing strong industry connections....

Shadow Minister for AI and Intellectual Property to deliver keynote talk at South West AI conference

Authored by Program
Posted: Mon, 02/12/2024 - 1:41pm

The South West Business Council (SWBC) has announced that the Shadow Minister for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intellectual Property, Matt Rodda, will deliver the keynote address at their conference: ‘Harnessing the Power of AI: Meeting the Challenges’ on 16th February 2024 at the Great Hall, University of Exeter.

The event, co-sponsored by tech giants Microsoft, specialist law firm Michelmores, and leading AI company Hertzian, will be held in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn statement released in November 2023. The statement outlined the significant opportunities for...

Three key roles open within the Great South West Executive team

Authored by Program
Posted: Mon, 01/29/2024 - 2:32pm

Positions include two Deputy Directors to support with business insights, investment and growth

The Great South West Partnership is looking for two new Deputy Directors to join the Executive team, and an Executive Support Officer to support the Director.

The Great South West is the powerhouse brand for Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and the Isles of Scilly. The Partnership is dedicated to driving investment and spotlighting the region’s world-class industries, businesses, and workforce.

The Deputy Director for Business Insights will shape a dynamic programme of...

Beyond the Beaches: Citizenship Opportunities in Caribbean Isles

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Mon, 01/22/2024 - 10:36pm

Learn about Caribbean citizenship opportunities and explore investment programs, unique policies, and a richer lifestyle.

First-of-its-kind ibis Styles hotel announces opening date for Paignton

Authored by Program
Posted: Fri, 01/12/2024 - 7:47am

Ibis Styles, the renowned hotel brand synonymous with creative design and playful atmospheres, has today announced the grand opening of its newest hotel in Paignton.

Representing a £30m investment for the local area, the latest addition to the brand’s UK collection aims to redefine the seaside hotel experience in South Devon and is set to open its doors on Tuesday January 16, 2024.

The new-build hotel is the latest venture from Singapore-based owner Fragrance UK Luxury Hotel Group, who recently opened their neighbouring hotel, the Mercure Paignton Hotel, in April 2023....

South West tech companies offered growth boost

Authored by Program
Posted: Tue, 01/09/2024 - 8:35am

Tech companies across the South West of England have the chance to work with top growth coaches and experts as part of Tech South West’s new business support programme.

Growth Forge will see tech firms utilise a proprietary assessment tool to identify two-to-three priority areas, then work with partners such as Microsoft, Sandler, Bishop Fleming, Ashfords, Howden and Program, along with a range of specialist business coaches, to develop and implement opportunities for growth.

The ‘supergroup’ of growth coaches includes business TedX speaker and author Ruth Farenga, business...

Revolutionising the Future of Energy: Klarian's AI and analytics tech redefines pipeline efficiency, paving the way for a low-carbon future

Authored by Program
Posted: Mon, 01/08/2024 - 12:24pm

Leading innovator in pipeline technology, Klarian , has released details of its transformative AI solution, that has the potential to dramatically reduce carbon emissions associated with critical national infrastructure.

The solution takes a hybrid approach to pipeline condition monitoring and anomaly detection by combining physics-based insights with machine learning.

Klarian's pipeline health monitoring software represents a highly innovative development for the pipeline industry, as it can be applied to any pipeline (fuel, oil or water), thereby reducing the energy...

Why Do I Need a Certified Translation that NAATI Approves?

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Thu, 12/07/2023 - 10:59pm

In the realm of translation and interpretation services, the role of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) in Australia is pivotal.

Whether for personal or professional reasons, understanding why you need a NAATI-approved certified translation can ensure your documents meet the highest standards of accuracy and recognition, particularly in legal and governmental contexts.

The Importance of NAATI Certification Ensuring Accuracy and Reliability

NAATI is the national standards and accreditation body for translators and interpreters in...

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