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The IAP Partners

There are 8 public and private sector organisations that make it possible for us to run the IAP. These companies have offered all sorts of support ranging from market research to support for financial challenges. These organisations have a terrific depth of experience working with startups and scale-ups so if you’d like introductions to any of them, please do let us know at IAP@techspark.co

Engine Shed & SETsquared Bristol

Housed on three floors of Brunel’s original station, Engine Shed has a number of components that together create an exciting hub of activity where entrepreneurs, academics, students, and corporates can collaborate, inspire, and enable one another. Engine Shed is an event venue, an office space, a facilitator, and a catalyst for change. If you’re looking for event, office or meeting space in central Bristol, Engine Shed can provide it.

 Ranked as the Global No. 1 Business Incubator, SETsquared provide a wide range of highly acclaimed support programmes to help turn ideas into thriving businesses. Part or the SETsquared Partnership, SETsquared Bristol is based at Engine Shed and are always looking to talk to interesting businesses with high growth plans.


Rocketmakers design, develop and deploy award-winning apps, websites and software for new startups, growing scaleups and large corporate innovators. If you have a brilliant start-up with a technical challenge ahead, or you’re a scaleup with legacy technology that needs a revamp, these are the guys to talk to.



As the Investment Activator Programme recruitment partner, Sanderson specialises in working with Start-Up and Scale Up businesses, helping them to attract and retain the right talent as they grow. They can help you from a very early stage, plan out the team, provide you with salary benchmarking and data insights to support your growth, and helping with recruitment strategy, even before looking at any actual recruitment.

Sanderson are very happy to have a free consultation with anyone who’s looking to expand or wants to know a little more about the talent landscape in the South West. For more information contact Joshua.Simpkins@sandersonplc.com


TLT are a full-service commercial law firm built on ambition, innovation and dedication to their clients. Their dynamic Fast Growth team, led out of their award-winning corporate practice, supports a variety of funders and investors, from business angels to institutional funds working on investments, and seed rounds through series A to Exit. They are leading advisers to businesses looking to “scale-up” and grow rapidly, acting as a sounding board for early-stage ideas and supporting as products and services develop. They fully protect your ideas, work with you to raise finance, execute key contracts and fulfil data and regulatory requirements.

University of the West of England & Future Space


UWE Bristol is an engaged university, locally embedded and with global reach, working with communities and business to help shape and drive future prosperity across all parts of the region and beyond. It has a strong culture of enterprise, supporting student entrepreneurs, business start-ups, knowledge exchange and university-business collaboration. It is taking a leading role in promoting innovation and enterprise across the city-region and is developing a new world-leading University Enterprise Campus.

Based on the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus, Future Space offers flexible office space, shared and dedicated laboratories, workshops, and coworking facilities designed specifically for high-tech, science-based entrepreneurs. Specialist facilities and links to leading University research, means Future Space is the ideal location for growing companies in the science and technology sector. With on-site business support, meeting rooms, and a dynamic community of innovators working at the cutting edge of their field, it’s the perfect space to grow your business.


The West of England’s economy is built on strong foundations with innovative and creative businesses and a highly skilled population. The economy is worth over £38bn a year. With a population of over 1.1 million people, one of the highest levels of graduates in the UK and over 45,000 businesses, the West of England competes on a global scale. It’s a region where highly-skilled people work, where ideas flourish, and where businesses grow. It’s also a place that a diverse population of people call home.


The UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration exists to support Cyber Clusters in their mission to drive economic growth in the sector. We do this through funding and by enabling opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange, sharing of best practice, and identification of opportunities for regional and ultimately national growth.

As a national body, the UKC3 works across public, private sectors, and academia and provides a single entity for organisations wishing to engage with the UK Cyber Cluster community.

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The Investment Activator Programme (IAP) supports companies and investors to increase the flow of equity investment in the South West.