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Scale Up 4 Growth Gloucestershire Announces Free Cyber Security Workshops for Local SMEs

6 October 2021

Exclusively for Gloucestershire’s SMEs, Scale Up 4 Growth is launching a series of free Cyber Security workshops delivered by Gloucestershire College, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and NatWest.

The first two-day workshop “Cyber Security for Your Business” will take place on 14-15 October 2021 (9am-4pm) at Gloucestershire College’s recently launched Advanced Digital Academy (ADA), a £3m state-of-the art IT and Cyber training facility. The second workshop is planned for November.

Delivered by some of the top experts in cyber from UWE Bristol, Gloucestershire College and NatWest, the workshop supports Gloucestershire’s journey towards becoming the innovation hotbed for the cyber industry. It is aimed at business leaders without any specialist knowledge who are looking to increase their understanding of cyber security and fraud to help protect their companies from the financial and reputational risks associated with breaches.

The agenda combines theory and practice and includes sessions on the evolving landscape of cyber-crime, must-have policies and technologies, as well as the hands-on pen testing of business websites against some common threats and hacks.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for Gloucestershire LEP SMEs to receive free comprehensive cyber training that will enable them to create a safer more successful business environment in their companies. We are very excited to be bringing together such a high level of industry knowhow from Scale Up for Growth partners and are committed to supporting the region’s recovery in the post-pandemic times.” – Robin Halpenny, Business Development Team Manager at University of the West of England

“The first Scale Up for Growth Gloucestershire cyber workshops come at an excellent time when the county is going full steam ahead towards its brighter cyber future. The opening of the Gloucestershire College Advanced Digital Academy (ADA) last month, and progress with the Golden Valley project – all are the important indicators of Gloucestershire becoming a prominent tech-talent hub for the region and the country. As a leading education provider in computing and cyber security, it is of our utmost priority to ensure that local employers have access to our expertise and facilities to develop their staff and strengthen their organisations with quality training.” Andy Bates, Vice Principal and CFO, Gloucestershire College

To register for S4G “Cyber Security for Your Business” workshop visit:

About Scale Up 4 Growth Gloucestershire: The scheme supports small or medium businesses in the Gloucestershire LEP region (Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Stroud and Cotswolds) that are looking to grow. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), it offers eligible businesses access to grants, training and expert support to enable them to achieve their full potential.

About European Regional Development Fund: Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

About Gloucestershire College: Gloucestershire College is an innovative and career-focused provider of further and higher education, with three campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. The College delivers a range of academic, professional and technical training programmes, including apprenticeships, HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees and professional qualifications up to the equivalent of master’s degrees, as well as short courses for businesses, part-time courses and English for overseas students. Each year Gloucestershire College welcomes over 5,000 full-time students and 10,000 part-time students, and employs over 1,000 members of staff across all sites. Find out more at


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