For over 15 years we have established long-term partnerships with industry bodies and other organisations in the TMT sector including:
Watershed is a social enterprise and registered charity. It is the leading film culture and digital media centre in the UK.
Through programmes such as the Pervasive Media Studio and its REACT Partnership it has supported over 200 artists, creative companies and technologists on emergent ideas, experiences and applications in digital media. It has helped launch over 42 businesses, worked with nine to expand internationally and collaborated with seven universities on long-term programmes.
We have supported Watershed for over 12 years by providing training and mentoring to the innovative and entrepreneurial individuals and businesses they support. We work with these businesses as they grow, raise finance, expand internationally, exploit new markets and exit to start new ventures.
Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. It is at the heart of Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Their mission is to stimulate long term economic growth by supporting business, inspiring young people to get involved and to showcase to the public and potential inward investors the exciting opportunities that exist here. We have supported Engine Shed since its inception, providing advice and training workshop to early stage businesses. Jon Gill, Corporate Partner, is a Member of the Advisory Board to Engine Shed.
The SETsquared Partnership is the enterprise collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Established in 2003 and funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), the Partnership is a focus for enterprise activity and new business creation for the five university partners.
As well as business creation, SETsquared also has a role in embedding entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour within the Universities that we support.
We have supported SETsquared since its creation in 2013 through a series of interactive training workshops and by providing advice to entrepreneurs on a wide range of corporate, commercial and governance issues. A number of TLT lawyers sit on SETSquared business review panels to provide ongoing guidance to businesses that are being supported at SETSquared.
The UK Business Angels Association is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment in the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). The UK Business Angels Association represents and connects all those involved in the angel investment market, including early stage VC funds, Banks and non traditional sources of finance, as well as advisers and intermediaries, policy makers and academics with a view to ensuring a coherent ecosystem for financing the growth of start-up and early stage businesses.
We are long standing members of the UKBAA and have worked with them to support first time investors, and connect investors with start-up opportunities. Jon Gill, Corporate Partner, previously led the working group that produced the UKBAA's precedent investment documents and sits on their Technical Committee.
South West Founders is a monthly meet-up in Bristol for aspiring and established technology founders and their investors. With 800 members, its focus is on scalable, disruptive, technology-led entrepreneurial businesses. We have supported South West Founders for two years, providing advice and mentoring on intellectual property, fundraising and commercial issues.
Camden Collective is a pioneering project putting Camden Town at the heart of the UK’s creative community. They support creative people into employment and in setting up their own businesses. Their vision is to create a sustainable economic future for Camden Town. This regeneration programme builds on the rich cultural history and reputation of Camden Town to ensure a legacy of improved skills, enhanced employability and enterprise. Collective forms part of a £3.3m MRF funded project for the south of Camden Town which will transform the streetscape and public realm of Cobden Junction at Mornington Crescent. We are members of the Camden Collective and regularly hold workshops and one-to-one legal surgeries to provide tech-start-ups with advice on technical IP matters.
The NOA is the leading association serving both the outsourcing professional and the global outsourcing industry. Their vision is to grow the size and positive reputation of the outsourcing industry. They are a membership organisation, representing the interests of companies and individuals which span the breadth of the outsourcing industry: buyers, suppliers and advisors. They guide members through a code of conduct and guiding principals, raise standards through education and training, develop policies and represent the value of the broader industry. We are long standing board-members of the NOA and Bill Hull, Commercial Partner, sits on the public services committee. We regularly attend, host and speak at NOA events.