The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH), a programme designed to provide support for businesses in low carbon innovation celebrate their first year of success.
Over forty businesses receiving support from the programme, mentors and partners supporting the programme gathered at the Huntsman in Bath last night (Thursday 24th January) for an informal get together and opportunity to network.
A short welcome speech, which included an update of the STBAH successes to date and plans for the coming year was given by Prof. Matthew Davidson, Director for the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath and Academic lead for the STBAH programme.
Following the speech a light buffet was served - guests had the opportunity to mingle and were able to chat to new contacts, re-connect and network.
Talking about the event, Pete Keevill, Entrepreneur in Residence for the STBAH programme, said,
“The idea for the evening was to get everyone together and communicate to those involved with the programme how our first year had gone and to discuss some of our plans going forward. The room was filled with a positive buzz and it gave everyone an opportunity to catch up face to face in a relaxed environment. Feedback from everyone was really positive and the the general feeling was that these should perhaps become more of a regular fixture - particularly as more low carbon businesses sign up to the programme and the network of like minded people expands.”
The STBAH programme is fully funded through the European Regional Development Fund and provides two distinct programmes of business support available through Startup Workshops and Business Acceleration. The project runs for a total of three years and is on track to establish and scale-up over 130 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the low carbon and sustainable technology fields in the west of England area. If you are interested in finding out more, sign up via the application form, here and someone from the programme will be in touch.