South West News #15

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Three South West tech firms announced for Tech Nation’s Future Fifty programme

Source: Business Live 2021

Three South West businesses have been selected to take part in a programme designed to accelerate the growth of some of the most successful companies in the UK tech sector. Bristol-based tech scale-ups Immersive Labs and Ultraleap, and Bath energy tech firm Pure Planet are among 22 firms included in Tech Nation’s Future Fifty programme for late-stage scale-ups. Around 130 companies have taken part in the programme since its inception and have gone to collectively raise £7.8bn, with the shares of nine of those firms going on to initial public offering. Deliveroo and Bulb energy are among the scheme’s alumni.

The three South West businesses have all been accepted by Tech Nation in recognition of their work transforming the lives of people and businesses across a range of different industries.

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Source: Business Live 2021

Bristol startup Ferryx partners with AB Agri to trial animal probiotics

Source: TechSPARK 2021

Ferryx, a Bristol-based biotech startup, has announced that it has signed a partnership to conduct the first-ever UK poultry trials of its lead product, with AB Agri, a global agri-food business focused on food security and sustainability. AB Agri will conduct a trial of Ferryx FX856, a live bacterial feed additive in broiler chickens, assessing its impact on health, welfare and productivity in farmed birds. If the trial is successful, AB Agri will begin work to develop FX856 into a commercial product. Ferryx is managing the manufacturing process and consulting throughout the live trial period.

FX856 is a live bacteria, which has been developed by the University of Bristol spin-out Ferryx, that is proven to survive and thrive in the gut of an animal which is stressed, an area where many currently available probiotics fail. As the global agricultural sector continues to reduce and remove antibiotics and zinc oxide from animal feed, maintaining gut health can become more challenging and it is important that producers have alternative solutions.

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Source: TechSPARK 2021

Global tech firm shifts UK HQ from London to Plymouth Science Park

Source: Business Live 2021

Another global tech firm has relocated to Plymouth Science Park with Genese Solution joining a growing cluster of innovative firms in the city. Genese Solution has moved its UK headquarters from London to Plymouth to support ambitious growth plans. The company is a leading global digital transformation business with primary expertise in cloud computing, cloud-native software development and cloud security.

The business operates from six offices across the world in Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the UK. As an official Cloud Consulting Provider of Amazon web services and a cloud consulting company, Genese Solution works with firms and start-ups across the globe to provide innovation and transformation that alters the way that businesses operate to boost business growth.

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Source: Business Live 2021

New Cornish tech co-working base due to launch in Spring 2021

Source: Business Live 2021

A new base for Cornwall’s digital and tech businesses is set to launch this Spring as the post-pandemic switch to co-working gathers momentum. FireHub is a space for digital, software and tech organisations that will provide lettable office space, co-working facilities, an eat-in or takeaway cafe and access to networking and events taking place in the building. The project is part of a long-running vision to put Cornwall’s tech businesses on the map and offer a hub for digital organisations in the county.

In the future, it’s also potential space for technology leaders to share their expertise, and for future generations to learn essential digital skills and discover the technology careers available to them.

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Source: Business Live 2021