Conversations with...

Our Conversations with... series features interviews with a few of those shortlisted for the 2020 Tech South West Awards.

The awards recognise the exceptional talent in the Technology sector and celebrates the innovation and talent across a number of areas including Sustainability, International Success and Commitment to Diversity.

Some of the Technology, Innovation and Growth Team caught up with the nominees to find out more about their businesses and what the awards mean to them.



Conversations with... Paul Rowe of Rowe IT

Dan White, Director and member of Bishop Fleming’s Technology, Innovation and Growth team chats to Paul Rowe, Co-Founder of Rowe IT. Paul explains how the business began, how it's continued to grow and the type of work they do for a range of clients. Read the interview here.



Conversations with... Dan Sandhu of Sparx

With the Tech SW Awards fast approaching, we caught up with Dan Sandhu, CEO of Sparx.

Sparx is a socially focussed, learning technology company, empowering educators and motivating young people to improve educational outcomes. Watch the interview here.



Conversations with... Stuart Brocklehurst of Applegate

Pippa Clarke speaks to Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive of Applegate in the latest 'Conversations with...'

Applegate has been the home of business buying for decades, creating value for buyers by sourcing quotes from a comprehensive range of suppliers, saving them time and money.

Vitally, they have made their technology available at no cost so that those on the front line who needed it could source PPE when it was difficult to get hold of. Watch the interview here.



Conversations with... Dr. Paul Upton of Ultramed

Pippa Clarke, Head of Technology, Innovation and Growth at Bishop Fleming sits down with Dr Paul Upton, Co-Founder of Ultramed and finalist of this year’s HealthTech Award at the Tech South West Awards 2020. Read the full article here.


A phrase I picked up a while ago was ‘loving the problem’: this is such an important philosophy to help you deal positively with the unexpected and find that solution.
Richard Godfrey, Rocketmakers

Conversation with... Tim Edwards of Codices

Ahead of the Tech SW Awards, our Head of Technology, Innovation & Growth, Pippa Clarke, catches up with Tim Edwards of Codices. Codices are a Cornish start-up business from the Falmouth Launchpad Incubator. The company develop tools for online broadcasters to easily make, manage and monetise live interactive gameshows. Watch the interview here.


Conversations with Richard Godfrey - Rocketmakers

John Talbot caught up with Richard Godfrey, Rocketmakers founder and CEO, to chat about their growth story, the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID, as well as what’s behind their Innovation Award nomination at the next Tech South West Awards. Watch the interview here and read the interview here.


I guess when the pandemic hit, the entrepreneur in you thinks ‘what can we do now…?’
That sheer determination to do something different was what has accelerated the growth of the company and meant we have much more exposure in the US now than we ever did before.
Andy Doyle, Filmily

Conversations with Andy Doyle from Filmily Limited

Dan White spoke to Andy Doyle, Co-Founder of Filmily and finalist of this year’s Tech South West Innovation Award. Andy shares his journey and how COVID-19 has transformed Filmily’s offering to achieve increased exposure internationally. Read the full article here.



Conversations with... Brian Allen of Rovco

With the Tech SW Awards upcoming, Matt Haskell caught up with Brian Allen of Rovco. Rovco's mission is to provide an individual, client-centric ROV and hydrographic service, coupled with cutting edge research that has the potential to change the face of the industry. Watch the interview here.



Conversations with... Chris Phippen of Hatless Studios

We sit down with Chris Phippen, Founder of Hatless Studios, a software development company based in the University of Exeter. Chris shares the company's experience and challenges being a startup business in the technology sector. Watch the interview here.


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