Issue 37

October 2020



Specialist Manufacturing Support

If you’re a manufacturing business in Wales we can help you through

COVID-19 and beyond with the

EU-funded SMART Innovation programme.

Specialist help is available to get back to work safely, efficiently and productively.

Read more here

St David Awards 2021

The awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people from all walks of life, with a category for Innovation, Science and Technology. In selecting finalists for the 2021 St David Awards, particular attention will be paid to those who made a special contribution during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Nominations close on 16 October 2020.

Nominate here


Economic Resilience Fund Phase 3

Businesses across Wales can now find out if they can apply for the third phase of the Economic Resilience Fund.
The fund will open in the week commencing 26 October and remain open for four weeks.

Use the Eligibility Checker to review the criteria here 

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Women in Innovation Awards

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

  • Competition opens: Tuesday 1 September 2020
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 14 October 2020 11:00am

 Read more here 

Award success for dementia project

Laugh Project who has received Welsh Government SMART Expertise funding to develop innovative objects for people living with dementia won two awards in the UK Tech4Good awards: the 'People's Choice Award' and the overall 'Winner of Winners Award'!

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Festival UK* 2022

This Festival of creativity and innovation will take place across the UK during 2022. This £3million funded R & D project will give Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists and Mathematicians the opportunity to come together and collaborate on big ideas. Applications are now open Click here for more information 

COHES3ION virtual journey continues

As a partner in the COHES3ION project the Welsh Government will continue its virtual visits of partner regions, with the next stop in the Southern Region of Ireland. This visit will take place on the 15th October and will form part of the agenda for the EU Week of Cities and Regions side events.  Partners will get to hear some of the good working practices taking place across the region.

Register here.

Innovation Funding Surgery Event 

The Welsh Government, in conjunction with Innovate UK, The Knowledge Transfer Network and Enterprise Europe Network, are holding an Innovation Funding Surgery Event to help selected Companies based in Wales prepare themselves better to:-

·       access R&D funding

·       run more effective Research & Development Projects

·       commercialise the results

Register here

Cardiff Capital Region Graduate Scheme Event

Wednesday 21st October

Are you looking for additional resource to help support your business? Interested in taking on a graduate but unsure where to start? Join Cardiff Capital region to find out more about the Graduate Scheme.
Register here



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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