South West News # 7
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Bristol-based digital development agency, Haio, rebrands as Unfold
In the two and a half years since launching, Bristol-based Haio has gone from strength to strength, making their mark as one of the fastest growing local UX and development agencies in Bristol and the surrounding area.
Now the team have taken an exciting new step, relaunching the brand – including taking on a new name; Unfold. Working closely with fellow Bristol Creative Industries member Sue Bush from Touchpoint Design, Haio needed a fresh platform and a clearer market positioning to continue growing alongside it’s clients scaling businesses.
SETsquared Bristol contributes 10% of total investment raised in South West
SETsquared Bristol is delighted to announce that its members raised a combined £40.2 million in 2020, contributing to over 10% of the total investment raised by the South West region for the third consecutive year in a row.
Despite the South West seeing a slowing down in investment due to the pandemic, more than half of its 80 members secured funding in 2020, a record figure for the University of Bristol-led tech incubator.
Other successes in 2020 saw SETsquared Bristol members create 225 new jobs in the city region, generate £32 million in turnover revenues, and achieve record numbers for leadership diversity.
Virtual trade missions to open up new markets for South West ‘tech-for-good’ firms
Nearly 50 technology firms from across the South West are to explore potential business deals in the US, India and Singapore as part of a virtual trade mission promoting the region as a ‘tech-for-good’ hotspot.
The companies have been selected to take part in Tech 4 Good South West, an initiative launched last September designed to stimulate international growth and expansion for the region’s small tech innovators.
Water pump manufacturer signs tech deal so it can supply vaccine makers
A Cornwall-based water pump manufacturer has signed a major deal with US software giant PTC which will provide it with augmented reality tech so it can supply Covid vaccine makers.
Falmouth-headquartered Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) makes peristaltic pumps and associated fluid path equipment and has several sites in the UK and more than 1,700 employees globally. The firm has now invested in augmented reality (AR) technology to combat the restraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic and bring its business forward.