FIRMS based in Hillingdon were out in force this week at the launch of the London West Innovation Network.

It aims to bring together solution-seekers, solvers and scalers to work together and innovate for a more impactful and sustainable future.

The LWIN launch event was hosted at the Central Research Laboratory in Hayes and was attended by Hillingdon firms HangAir Global, AIDrivers UK and Muddy Machines, as well as Hillingdon Council’s Nigel Cramb.

In 2021 and 2022, West London Business was commissioned by the boroughs of Ealing and Hillingdon to devise and manage a business support competition to provide funding for growing businesses.

A total of 34 diverse businesses across Ealing and Hillingdon were awarded grants totalling over £3m, aimed at delivering innovation from sectors including health & wellbeing, creative & media, aviation & logistics and food & drink.

Andrew Dakers, who co-chairs LWIN, said: “It is an astounding group of highly innovative companies that we have been able to support to date.

“LWIN is now focused on long-term development funding and mobilising business support for 2000-plus fast growth businesses.”

An interactive workshop on early-stage fundraising will take place on Wednesday, April, 19, to help firms understand the funding options available to them.