Welcome to my weekly South West Tech News roundup, where you can get all the headlines from the past week in one place.

What has our busy tech and digital community been up to this week? From award wins and innovative breakthroughs to unmissable events and capital raised, take a moment to reflect on the hive of daily activity taking place in our region.

If you have a story to share, wizz it over to shona@techspark.co – I look forward to hearing from you!

Bristol-based Tech company One Big Circle achieves the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation 

Emily Kent, Co-Founder of One Big Circle comments, “It is a momentous achievement to be awarded the accolade of King’s Award for Enterprise and is a fantastic reflection on our team who have worked so hard on delivering innovation with and for the UK Rail Industry. From our first idea and initial deployment, to now being trusted partners of the industry with thousands of people using the technology every day, it really is a real demonstration of how SMEs can thrive in the UK.” 

The Award programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years. 

Avonmouth’s O.C.O Technology receives King’s Award for Enterprise

O.C.O Technology’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Greig, says, “We are hugely proud to be awarded such a prestigious honour, cementing our reputation as the clear UK market leader in carbon mineralisation. 

“Our patented technology offers real sustainable solutions in helping the Energy from Waste (EfW) industry manage the disposal of waste materials, turning them into carbon negative manufactured limestone aggregate which is in high demand from the construction sector.

“To have our hard work acknowledged at the highest level is incredibly rewarding and we look forward to flying the flag for British success and the circular economy as we continue to develop our partnerships on the world stage.”

Bristol spinout developing innovative acoustic technology to move cells secures £450k funding

A University of Bristol spinout company that is developing cutting edge technology which uses acoustic waves to move cells inside sterile containers without touching them has closed its first funding round.

Set up by Dr Luke Cox, Dr Amanda Franklin, Dr James Armstrong and Professors Bruce Drinkwater and Anthony Croxford, Impulsonics is a spinout company which developed out of the Ultrasonics & NDT Group at the University of Bristol. 

Impulsonics’ technology will enable a massive reduction in complexity of key processes for researchers studying cells, and in turn will enable low cost, highly efficient systems for critical pain points such as cell passaging.

Impulsonics has received investment from SFC Capital, British Business Investments, the University of Bristol and private angels. The funding will enable Impulsonics to accelerate development and testing, boosting the company’s mission to turn pioneering scientific innovations into scalable approaches for research and healthcare.

University of Bath receives £1m endowment and gift for academic post in Education

The generous donation from Hong Kong-based Yew Chung Education Foundation honours collaboration with Emeritus Professor Jeff Thompson. The University of Bath is delighted to announce a £1 million endowed donation and £55,000 gift from the Yew Chung Education Foundation to fund an academic post in the University’s Department of Education.

The endowment is intended to provide a permanent source of income to fund the post, which is given in honour of Emeritus Professor Jeff Thompson CBE, in recognition of his and Dr Betty Chan Po-King’s long-standing shared interests and collaboration in International Education. The new academic post will be named ‘The Yew Chung Jeff Thompson Lectureship/Senior Lectureship’.

Xledger UK Empowers the Ambition of Bristol Sport

Bristol Sport has successfully deployed Xledger UK’s automated cloud finance solution to drive efficiencies through automation, insight and scalability across the Group’s finance function.  

Comprised of five professional sports teams, across football, rugby and basketball, Bristol Sport were looking for a strategic partner to help with its finance transformation journey to enhance its processes and reporting.  

Bristol-based cloud finance software provider Xledger UK – which could provide the ability to unlock access to real-time data for timely and insight-led business decision-making – was viewed as a natural choice given their long established partnership and aligned values.  

BT lands £70m IT services deal with South West Police forces

BT announced it has secured a ten-year, £70m IT services deal with Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police. Together, the two police forces handle more than a million emergency and non-emergency calls and respond to more than 118,000 incidents of recorded crime each year. The new long-term agreement will strengthen the forces’ technology estates by creating a future-fit infrastructure to support more joined-up policing, with the potential to extend the contract to neighbouring forces in the South West region. 

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Shona Wright

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She publishes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to. She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.