Bristol’s high-tech hub under the spotlight at Balloon Fiesta debate
Bonnie Dean, chief executive of Bristol & Bath Science Park, was among a host of leading business figures to take part in a debate at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on the region’s high-performing, internationally-significant tech sector.
The panel and audience discussed the successes of the region’s thriving high-tech scene – as well as debating the challenges it faces.
Other panellists who took part in the business breakfast, entitled ‘Can Bristol make it as a high-flying tech centre’, included: Professor Martin Boddy, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Business Engagement at the University of West England; Ben Trewhella, co-founder of both Mubaloo and Opposable Games; and Rick Chapman, high tech sector specialist for Invest Bristol & Bath, the region’s inward investment agency.
Chris Pockett, from Renishaw, gave an overview of how the convergence of technologies, including 3D printing is opening up new opportunities for the tech sector in the region.
Bonnie Dean said: “The UK is an excellent environment for start-ups with plenty of support available, but the challenge for tech businesses across the country is scaling those ventures up once they are off the ground.
“It is vital that the UK provides the right support for those mid-stage enterprises looking to grow to ensure their ambitions extend beyond the national arena to the global stage.”
Thrings Solicitors, which has offices in Bristol and Bath, sponsored the business breakfast.