Firms assisted by sustainable tech business hub

17 Aug 2018

After a busy first quarter the University of Bath's Sustainable Technology Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) is actively engaging with over 25 companies in the low carbon sector. 

The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub offers bespoke business support and coaching to help innovative companies in the West of England achieve their potential. The support is FREE and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme is open to growth businesses in all sectors who are interested in developing low carbon or sustainable technologies. Business acceleration is tailored, so it could be about engaging a consultant, building a team, working with an expert to build a pitch, or developing cutting edge technologies with researchers at the University of Bath. The project will establish and scale-up over 130 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) over the next three years within the low carbon and sustainable technology fields in the West of England area.

Support for Hewitt Studios

The companies receiving assistance include Bath based, smart cities architectural firm, Hewitt Studios. who were introduced to the Director of Sustainable Power Distribution at the University of Bath for research and funding opportunities. Hewitt Studios was established in 2008 as an innovative, multi-disciplinary design studio, specialising in environmental-responsible Architecture, Product and Urban Design. The practice was named BD Sustainability Architect of the Year in 2014/15 for its “seamless integration of sustainable and architectural design”.

Hewitt Studios have signed up to the Business Acceleration programme with a specific project they have been working on - their K:Port concept, an Electric Vehicle Charging Hub (EVCH) designed to offer safe and sustainable EV charging with integrated cafe / education space. To learn more about the concept take a look at the K:Port video here.  

Talking about the STBAH programme and what it will mean to their business and the K:Port concept, John Hewitt, Partner at Hewitt Studios, said:

 “We are a small dedicated team with big ideas - the ethos of our business is to offer sustainable solutions for future generations whilst minimising the impact we are having on the environment. When I heard about the STBAH programme I could really see the benefit for the business, particularly for the K:Port concept.  To have access to research and academics in the low carbon and sustainable tech sector through the University of Bath is invaluable, particularly for a business of our size  - I’m really looking forward to engaging with the team and progressing the K:Port concept to the next level with the help of the STBAH programme.”

To find out more about the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub and apply to be part of the programme please visit their website.

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