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advisory_space: launching our virtual in-residence programme

August 28th 2020

From the 1st September Future Space are launching a long-term virtual in-residence programme for  members.

In June, the programme was piloted with Bristol communications agency Purplefish, covering PR & Marketing advice, and through July it was extended to eight other expert advisors across a range of subject areas.

There was great uptake with 37 sessions booked by residents - 91% said they would recommend these sessions to others, and the average score was 4.5 out of 5.

Jenny Bailey, CEO of Ferryx Ltd, attended one of the pilot sessions with Purplefish and said:“I really appreciate all the effort that's gone into this - it's tremendously helpful! I'm feeling ready to tackle this head on now and see what I can come up with, thank you so much for inspiring me”

Following the success of the summer programme, Future Space have partnered with expert advisors from Purplefish, The Product Partnership, Greaves Brewster, ADLIB, RIF Bristol, Lightholm Consulting, Skowt Consulting, Ginkgo, and Ashfords to offer residents support when they need it most.

The initiative has been driven by Aimeé Skinner, Innovation Manager at Future Space, and includes free 1:1 virtual advisory sessions, delivered by experts from a range of subject areas. Aimeé said: "we are thrilled by how well the pilot initiative has gone, and the feedback from residents has been really positive. Being able to offer access to such a broad range of expert advice, all year, will have a huge impact on the businesses based here.

"I've enjoyed getting to know all our advisors and I'm looking forward to seeing how the programme can be developed further."

Jo Randall, Managing Director, Purplefish

Speaking about the sessions, Jo Randall commented: “The Springboard sessions which we have done with Future Space resident businesses have been simultaneously inspiring and invigorating. It’s been an absolute joy to meet such a range of entrepreneurs doing some seriously innovative work. They all have great stories to tell and advising businesses such as these on how to get their messages to the right audience is the reason I continue to love the work I do.

“We are looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone we have met so far and getting connected with new businesses to offer support, advice and a sounding board as part of the Future Space advisory_space initiative.”

Farid Dailami, Associate Professor, RIFBristol

Farid Dailami, Associate Professor, RIFBristol, said: “Getting involved in the advisory_space programme has been a really positive experience for the RIFBristol team.  It has helped us to reach out to innovative companies and entrepreneurs in the region, enabling discussions about the ways in which robotics, automation and other advanced manufacturing technologies can support their research, product development and business growth ambitions. 

"We look forward to supporting more enterprises through the initiative in the months to come.”

Throughout September there will be additional sessions trialled, including digital transformation, leadership, and financial management amongst others. These sessions will be run by newicon, alexhyphen, Vasthu, Pyramis Tech, mch, STL Tech, and Hayes Parsons.

Who are the virtual in-residence advisors?

  • PR & Marketing - Jo Randall, Managing Director, Purplefish
  • Product design & prototyping – Huw Robson, Innovation Director, The Product Partnership
  • Intellectual Property, Patent & Trademark – Andy Evitt, European Patent Attorney, Greaves Brewster
  • Recruitment – Nick Dean, Managing Director and Roy Bennett, Head of Engineering, ADLIB
  • Robotics, Automation & Advanced Manufacturing – Farid Dailami, Associate Professor, Robotics Innovation Facility
  • Grant Funding – Alan Gould, Independent Grants Specialist, Lightholm Consulting
  • Business Strategy & Funding Solutions – Ben Cooper, Managing Director, Skowt Consulting
  • Legal Advice – Andy Braithwaite, Partner, Commercial & Technology, Ashfords
  • Sales & Business Development – Jack Thompson, Business Development Consultant, Ginkgo

If you are interested in finding out more, or becoming part of the programme, then get in touch.

January 12th 2021

Future Space Guest Blog: Jack Thompson, Founder of Ginkgo Business Development

Jack joined the advisory_space programme earlier this year as our virtual in-residence Business Development and Sales specialist, providing expert advice and support to the Future Space community. We asked Jack why having a good network is so important for businesses.

December 21st 2020

An interview with Thanh Quan-Nicholls, Lead for the Digital Innovation Fund at UWE

Lead for the Digital Innovation Fund at the University of the West of England (UWE), Thanh caught up with us recently to talk about her role, some of the work the team do to support start-ups and SMEs, and their plans to expand  the business support offering in 2021.

December 21st 2020

Future Space businesses joining the B Corp movement

Five weeks ago, three Future Space businesses joined the B Corp Business Impact Assessment (BIA) cohort with Andy Hawkins. They set out on a 10-week programme to complete their BIA, the first step on the journey to becoming a B Corp certified company. We caught up with Andy Hawkins (Chief Purpose Officer, Business On Purpose) to see how the first half of the programme has progressed.