Bath-based company Rocketmakers has hosted a delegation of scaleup entrepreneurs from across the UK during the Scaleup Safari. The aim of the event was to spread awareness of the Bath and Bristol tech hub.

Heather Macdonald Tait of Why Communications organised the day, designed to create connections between London and Southwest tech clusters. The programme started at the Rocketmakers office in Bath and continued with further visits to tech hotspots across the region.

Rocketmakers CEO Richard Godfrey spoke about his company’s work in virtual reality, start-up incubation and managing the medical records system for Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Local technology leaders such as David Maher Roberts of Techspark and Rosie Bennett of the University of Bath Innovation Centre spoke to represent the Bath technology community. They stressed that while Bath is close to Bristol’s larger tech scene, Bath as its own unique tech culture that benefits from a large number of small design agencies.

“We were delighted to have so many influential leaders from the local and London business communities at our offices today”, says Richard Godfrey. “We are very aware of the vast design and programming talent that can be found in Bath and the more our city is seen as a centre of technological excellence, the better.”

The Scaleup Safari delegation then went on to Bristol, where they had lunch at the Engine Shed at Temple Meads.

Rocketmakers was founded in 2007 in Bath and develops software for companies like O2, the BBC, Nectar and the Bank of America. They also help launch start-up growth ventures.

Clara Bullock