Virtual reality training firm awarded council grant

A record number of companies, including a virtual reality training firm from East Devon, received funding in the latest round of Business Promotion Grants awarded by Devon County Council.

Cineon Training, of Clyst Honiton, will use its grant to attend the MPEC Conference in Bristol. Organised by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, the event is taking place in September.

The platform will allow Cineon Traing to showcase how its uses virtual reality simulation for performance training in a number of areas, including high risk industries.

Toby de Burgh, director of Cineon Training, said: “Virtual reality is something that people really need to experience in order to be able to see and understand it and what we do. This funding from Devon County Council will enable us to demonstrate some of our latest work to potential clients and let them try it out for themselves.

“We are also working on new simulations related to MRI scanning and radiation protection, and this funding will enable us to share these tools at this medical conference and promote them in front of medical professionals.”

Mr de Burgh added: “We also see this as a great opportunity to show what Devon can offer. Through our work, and links with the University of Exeter, we demonstrate that Devon is home to creativity, technological innovation and first-class academic research, to name a few.”

It is the fifth time the county council has awarded the Business Promotion Grant – handing out funding to 16 Devon companies on this occasion. The cash support will help them gain valuable exposure at trade shows and exhibitions across the country.

The initiative helps local firms to cover exhibiting costs at high profile trade shows or events – with the aim of promoting their goods and services to new audiences to help the development of their business and support Devon’s growing economy. Grants of up to £1,500 were available through a competitive bidding process.

The Business Promotion Grant is part of the Devon Delivers programme, which highlights Devon as a great place to live and work.

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “We always receive plenty of applications for this funding and we’re proud to be helping some outstanding local businesses to promote their goods and services at high profile events. It’s good news for the development of these Devon companies which, in turn, is good news for Devon’s economy.”

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