World-leading Innovation

Bridgwater College

Bridgwater College in Somerset has been designated an Outstanding College by Ofsted, receiving 12 National Beacon Awards in recent years. The College works in partnership with employers to offer relevant commercial skills programmes, including with EDF to deliver key skills for new nuclear build, with Rolls Royce and MOD for aerospace and advanced engineering, and many others.


Exeter University

Exeter University specialises in additive layer manufacturing for high performance aerospace components using polymers, metals and ceramic powders and composites, and in control and systems, manufacturing and logistics, supply chain management, technology and innovation management, and aerospace strategy.

The Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing Technologies (CALMARE) at the University of Exeter supports businesses across a range of manufacturing sectors, enabling them to improve processes and develop new products and services.

The Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) is a £2.6m investment, providing technical expertise in innovative manufacturing for the benefit of businesses across all sectors.


Plymouth University

Plymouth University works in partnership with numerous companies from around the globe, to develop ground-breaking R&D and technology, including in in marine energy, sustainability, health and community.

Plymouth University’s Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre supports businesses that specialise in performance and manufacturing of composite materials across manufacturing and engineering sectors.

The University’s Marine Institute boasts unrivalled wave tank testing facilities, a state of the art ship navigation simulator and marine innovation centre to deliver world-class innovation.

The Electron Microscopy Centre (EMC) at Plymouth University also provides research capability and assistance to the Photonics and Electronics sectors in Plymouth and Torbay.



The Horizon Centre at Torbay Hospital is the focus of innovation, working with hi-tech and advanced engineering companies to provide solutions to the medical and healthcare sector.

The South Devon College Marine Academy is a maritime centre of excellence for training and education offering a wide and extensive range of courses. Marine-based courses, including marine engineering, are available at its Noss Marina site. Facilities enable students to learn about seamanship and gain professional qualifications and provide an opportunity to learn about hands on boat maintenance and the servicing of commercial vessels.

Many businesses in the Heart of the South West are supported by the National Composites Centre in Bristol, which provides manufacturing facilities at an industrial scale and rapid manufacturing processes capable of building prototypes to validate design concepts.

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