Support

At Springboard Business Innovation Centre ~ Wales, you’ll have access to a variety of business support via a single point of contact. Simply talk to the Centre Manager who will be able to explain and signpost you to support available through the Welsh Government and its key partners, including:

  • individual skills evaluation, pre-start one-to-one support and personal development programme
  • practical, hands on support and advice to help your business develop
  • targeted workshops to boost specific skills where needed
  • one-to-one business reviews and strategic development support

Business

The Welsh Government delivers its range of business support via a fully integrated service – Business Wales.

For more information about the support that Business Wales provides, visit www.business.wales.gov.uk

Academic

Many of the companies located at Springboard have developed an active link with the University of South Wales.

The University provides an environment where ideas can germinate, develop and flourish as part of the knowledge economy. The partnership between the University and Springboard ensures that we are linking enterprise education with practical experience from those in the workplace thereby benefiting the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Recognising the needs of different sectors and the opportunities for creative cross fertilisation, the University cultivates cutting edge ideas at various levels of maturity. Working with Springboard and other support mechanisms such as the Welsh Assembly’s A4B Programme, Dynamo and the Wales Spinout Programme, we evaluate the commercial potential of these ideas and get them to market in the shortest possible time. This can be achieved through a unique partnership between content creativity, technological expertise and business development.

The University recognises that capturing ideas at an early stage when they are malleable and linking them to the right business minds is important to the success of our region. The timing of these interventions is also important as we find that ideas if harnessed at a sufficiently early stage often adapt in the progress of development to produce sometimes unexpected, but positive outcomes.

The University is able to draw upon expertise across a range of subjects and sectors – some are listed below. For further information please refer to the Services Guide for Employers:

  • Institute of Advanced Broadcasting (p13 of the Services Guide)
  • Institute of Digital Learning (p14 of the Services Guide)
  • International Film School Wales (p15 of the Services Guide)
  • Robotic Intelligence Lab (p18 of the Services Guide)

Increasing the entrepreneurial capabilities of students is important to the future competitiveness of the British economy. The University of South Wales play a central role in developing students and equipping them with enterprising skills so they are able to start their own businesses after graduation or bring value and energy to the organisations in which they are employed.

The University has assisted hundreds of aspiring student entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into graduate businesses through various activities, challenges and funding programmes. They co-ordinate a programme of enterprising activities which focus on the attitudes, skills and behaviours needed to enable our students to meet the needs of business in the 21st century. Two of their latest student enterprise initiatives include the opportunity to pitch for up to £1,000 through the Bright Ideas Den (BID) and to access incubation space and mentoring through the Bright Ideas Zone, both to support the progression of ideas into functional businesses. For further information visit the University of South Wales website.