For marine businesses this free event will provide information on a wide range of activity in the marine sector in the region. From training routes, R&D tax credits, how to access Innovate UK grants and setting up Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with universities through to updates from both Exeter and Plymouth universities, Harland & Wolff, details […]


The £55 million Industrial Fuel Switching competition will support innovation in the development of pre-commercial fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technology for the industrial sector, to help industry switch from high to lower carbon fuels. Funding will be awarded through Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) contracts, providing 100% funding for pre-commercial solutions. Apply for […]


It has been four years in the making and represents an investment of close to £2million, but City College’s flagship Centre for Higher Technical Innovation and Maritime Skills (TIMS) is now officially open. Located at the heart of Plymouth’s marine industry and standing just a stone’s throw from the water, the new teaching site at […]

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused. Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the […]

Budget Summary for Maritime from Ben Murray, CEX of Maritime UK

Introduction On 27th October 2021, the Chancellor published his Autumn Budget and Spending Review, which sets out the Government’s spending plans over the next three years. The title is ‘A Stronger Economy for the British People’ and the main message is this is a Budget that heralds “an economy fit for the new age of […]

Film covering the Smart Sound and Future Autonomous at Sea Technologies (FAST) Cluster

The use of autonomous ocean-going vessels, SMART platforms and other maritime technologies are in focus as part of a short film from IMarEST and ITN Productions, featuring the Future Autonomous at Sea Technologies (FAST) Cluster and SmartSound Plymouth. In the week leading up to COP26, ‘Resilient Ocean’ highlights the importance of preserving the future health […]

Funding for SMEs in Devon and Somerset – 25th November – 12.00 – 12.45pm

As the Covid support loan schemes have come to an end it is time to reappraise the funding and business support eco-system for SMEs. Join us on the 25th November for our webinar where panellists will give an overview of funding and business support available for SMEs in Devon and Somerset (Heart of the South West LEP […]

Technology and solutions to enhance the capability of Maritime Mission Systems

The iX Challenge competition, delivered by KTN, is supporting BAE Systems Surface Ships to identify innovative solutions to enhance and enrich the Maritime Mission Systems marketplace. This long-standing, traditional market has recently become primed for new lines of thinking from the not-so-usual suspects. Top-performing solutions will be invited to participate in a Codeathon within a […]

The South West Aquaculture Network AGM

The South West Aquaculture Network held its AGM and first conference on Thursday 28th October 2021 at Kingston Maurward College near Dorchester.  Kingston Maurward house and gardens provided the perfect Autumn backdrop to this event, the first sector orientated event for the South West. Over 75 delegates from across the UK attended a varied agenda […]