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Phil Davies, with Dr Faith Butt and the DTI's Martin Wyn Griffith
Dr Faith Butt with Research & Innovation Services and DTI officials
Dr Faith Butt with Research & Innovation Services and DTI officials

Press Release - 29 March 2007

Senior DTI officials meet Swindon success story

The co-founder of a fast-growing new technology company based at Swindon Innovation Centre met senior officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, when they visited the University yesterday as part of a day-long programme in Swindon.

Phil Davies, of Telescratch, showcased his company, describing its unique ‘scratch and reveal’ technology for mobile phone marketing campaigns, now used by high profile international brands.

The DTI directors and senior managers included Martin Wyn Griffith, former Chief Executive of Business Link Swindon, now Chief Executive of the DTI’s Small Business Service. They heard from the Director of Oakfield campus, Dr Faith Butt, about the various schemes set up there to help businesses.

Simon Bond, the University’s Director of Innovation Centres, introduced the DTI visitors to the Innovation Centre and described the business mentoring and guidance it provides to new science and technology based business start-ups, plus routes to funding, access to industry specialists and affordable office space.

The Innovation Centre and its manager Phil Merrick have recently helped three firms – SiConnect, Air Semiconductor and Ubiquisys - to raise £5 million in venture capital and move to new and bigger offices. Five new companies have recently joined the centre bringing the total number of enterprises based at the centre to 15.

Dr Malcolm Cross, the University’s Director of Research and Innovation Services, explained the work of the SETsquared partnership, the collaboration of the Universities of Bath, Bath in Swindon, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey to advance enterprise and entrepreneurship in southern England.

The DTI directors and senior managers were joined by Steve Richards, Head of Operations for Wiltshire & Swindon at the South West Regional Development Agency and Bill Cotton, Director for Economic Development, at Swindon Borough Council.

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