Local businesses have the chance to apply for Business Innovation Grants of £20,000 or £50,000 from the West of England Combined Authority. The Mayor announced the latest cash on offer on a visit to NuNano, a tech company that take high-res images of tiny objects that are nanometres in size. The company have previously benefitted from a £20,000 Business Innovation Grant to develop new products for the mini-photo industry. They are based at Science Creates Unit DX centre which supports deep tech and life science businesses.

Dan NorrisMayor Dan Norris said: “From Brunel to Concorde our region has always been at the forefront of innovation. Today we are helping to make sure that rich history continues now and into the future. Through the power of investment in innovation, we can build an even more efficient, creative and sustainable future and really put our region on the map nationally and internationally.”

The Mayor praised NuNano whose world-class technology is used in medicine to take pictures of individual kidney cells or distinguish between cancer and normal cells.

He said: “Thank you to NuNano for hosting us. It’s fascinating to hear about their ambitious plans to develop cutting edge products.”

Managing Director James Vicary said: “We are delighted to receive funding from the WECA Business Innovation Fund which will accelerate the development of our next generation of sensors for nanoscale characterisation and support the future growth of NuNano.”

How to Access Business Innovation Grants

The West of England Combined Authority’s Business Innovation Grants Fund is now open for applications and provides SMEs with support and funding that will lead to the creation of new products, processes and services. If you would like more information on Business Innovation Grants, including guidance on how to apply for a grant, visit the Growth Hub.