Robotics and automation development opportunity

Posted on 23 Feb 2019 and read 895 times
Robotics and automation development opportunityBusinesses and entrepreneurs in the West of England now have the opportunity to trial, adopt and develop robotics and smart automation solutions, thanks to a new £1 million initiative from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

The SABRE Programme (, which is based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), will help small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in any sector to explore the benefits of these technologies and identify the most appropriate robotic equipment for their organisation.

All types of SME — from start-ups and sole traders to more established companies — can access SABRE’s assistance, either by attending free workshops or by applying for free (or subsidised) technical support.

Chris Melhuish, the director of BRL, said: “We are very excited about the opportunities that this new initiative presents for BRL to support a diverse range of innovative businesses.

“It complements our existing business portfolio, including our Hardware Incubator (desk-space and support for early-stage tech businesses) and the West of England Robotics Network (an open-access community that offers networking and events to anyone interested in robotics).”

Located in BRL’s RIFBristol innovation facility, which has a good track record of delivering industrial research and consultancy projects since its formation in 2013, SABRE will use a range of cutting-edge technical equipment and leading engineering expertise.

The SABRE Programme is part-financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

It forms part of UWE Bristol’s portfolio of ERDF-funded initiatives, which include the Launch Space graduate start-up incubator, the Health Tech Hub innovation facility, the Scale Up 4 Growth project and the Network for Creative Enterprise.

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