Innovation Newsletter - Issue 23

March 2018



Ambitious expansion plans for South Wales firm

Pontypridd-based, Laser Wire Solutions turned over £4m in 2017 with thanks to Welsh Government Innovation support.

With the aid of a SMART Cymru grant, the company which designs and manufactures laser wire stripping machines was able to design and create the company’s first product.

Today the business is one of Wales’ fastest growing companies.

Read more about the successes Innovation funding can bring

Innovative partnership boosts Wales’ circular economy

National construction firm, Wates Residential, are working with Cardiff City Council as well as a paint manufacturer, Paint 360, and a social enterprise, Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind, to use ‘re-engineered paint’.

The partnership was brokered by Welsh Government's Innovation team as part of a project to help local authorities recycle opened tins of paint left at their household waste centres.

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Take a glance at what SMART, our suite of support, can offer.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, whether you need collaborators or academic help, outside experts or new design, advice on IP or funding towards new equipment, we can help.  

See how you can get SMART with your business

MANUMIX: Interreg Europe

Welsh Government is working with European partners on an initiative which aims to improve the efficiency of the innovation policy mix in advanced manufacturing at regional level.

Find out more about MANUMIX

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SMART Partnerships

SMART Partnerships offers financial support to innovative collaboration projects to help businesses grow, improve productivity and increase competitiveness.

The aim is to support collaborative projects, with a clear focus to increase the capacity and capabilities of Welsh businesses to develop R&D activities by linking them with Research Organisations and an associate, to work on a specific project to develop new products, processes and services

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Horizon 2020, Annual Event - 15 March – Mercure Hotel Cardiff 

Don’t miss out on the chance to sign up for your place at this year’s H2020 event; themed around forging partnerships and driving success.  The day will explore how continued commitment to collaborate with Europe and the rest of the World will help drive growth for Wales.

You will also be able to talk to our innovation specialists at the afternoon workshop: Networks for Opportunities.

Register your place

KTP Event – 22 March 2018 – OpTIC, St Asaph

This is an ideal opportunity to learn about what KTP can do for you and hear from companies who have benefited from the programme. The event will include



Welsh government is committed to delivering more and better jobs for Wales, through a stronger, fairer economy. We will improve and reform our public services and eliminate inconsistent delivery. By working together for Wales, we will secure opportunity for all, and build a united, connected and sustainable country.

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