Business Ready – The last 3 years

Our Business Ready team are delighted to have worked with a wide range of companies in the Coventry and Warwickshire area throughout 2016 to 2018. Early stage software businesses through to established engineering businesses have received advice and support on accessing finance, skills and knowledge, markets and incubation. We have assisted: Over 40 clients to […]

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West Mids must close the gap on South East angel investment

  A leading figure in angel investment has challenged the West Midlands to close the gap on the South East when it comes to attracting funds into early stage businesses. Alex Toft, who runs the University of Warwick Science Park’s Minerva Business Angels Network, was speaking at the organisation’s end-of-year round-up event at Warwick Business […]

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Coventry tech company wins contract with Ford Valencia

  An innovative Coventry business pioneering new technology which collates data via a 3D Robot Guidance System has secured a major contract with one of the world’s leading automotive companies. Oxford Vision & Sensor Technology (OVST), which is based at the Venture Centre at the University of Warwick Science Park, is renowned for its work […]

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What is a Business Angel Investor?

Author – Alexis Toft Download Business Nugget The British Business Bank has recently published a report on the Business Angel market in the UK, and I wanted to share some of my own experience running one the UK’s largest Business Angel networks in the UK; Minerva. It is without a doubt that the majority of […]

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Supporting Lyra to engineer future success

  An engineering business focusing on creating power solutions for zero emission vehicles is looking to double the size of its base after securing crucial grants for their business. Lyra Electronics, which is based at the University of Warwick’s HRI site in Wellesbourne, was formed by specialist automotive electronic engineers Mike Evans and Peter James […]

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Warwickshire manufacturer invests £750,000 in growth

  A highly-skilled cabinet making and joinery business in Warwickshire is investing £750,000 in its growth and is accelerating its expansion thanks to local support. NEJ Stevenson, based in Church Lawford, designs and makes custom furniture as well as creating bespoke interiors for premier residential properties. The company even has a Royal Warrant and is […]

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Digital firms introduced to angel investors in Coventry

  Start-up digital companies from across the UK were given an opportunity to pitch for funds at an event with a business angel network in Coventry – and two were successful. Minerva is a business angel network run by the University of Warwick Science Park and helps match angel investors with potentially high growth companies. […]

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Warwick Uni spin-out launching open source scientific equipment

  Two Warwick Science Park based scientists have launched an open source scientific instrument to bring biology to a whole new audience. Professor Orkun Soyer and Dr Kalesh Sasidharan are on a mission to make biosciences research more affordable for schools, professionals and would-be scientists. Their University of Warwick spinout business Humane Technologies is based […]

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Warwick students design a new product – in their holidays!

    Four University of Warwick undergraduates made the most of their summer holiday – by designing a new product that could change the way electric motors are taught. Sam Stephens, Diego Del Hoyo, Chathurya Manchanayake and Mike Cresswell spent a six-week summer internship with Wellesbourne-based engineering consultancy FluxSys via a programme run by the […]

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GrowthPlus Network focuses on the Skills Gap

In August, the Business Ready programme launched a new networking group to help ambitious businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire develop their potential. A second GrowthPlus Network meeting was recently held at the University of Warwick Science Park to encourage firms to promote themselves in order to attract skills. Small and medium-sized businesses across Coventry and Warwickshire have been urged to […]

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