SME Leaders 2017 - Cohort 1

The leaders and SMEs selected for the programme's inaugural cohort are:

  • Dr Peiman Hosseini, CTO – Bodle TechnologiesCreating a pioneering new ‘smart material’ that manipulates lights at a flick of a switch, enabling display devices with dramatically reduced battery consumption
  • Alastair Pettigrew, CEO, and Greg Francis, FD – BOXARR Ltd – Helping organisations save time and money by bringing together business processes in one place
  • Dr Siraj Shaikh, Founder and Chief Scientist – CyberOwl – Providing a ground-breaking early warning cyber threat system through real-time analysis
  • Phil Horton, MD – Dulas Ltd – Providing consultancy that delivers maximum output from renewable energy schemes
  • Khizar Ali, CEO, Fabio Nisitano, Chief Engineer, Sheeraz Ahmed – Operations Director – ONLICAR –Applying Formula 1 technology to fleet management to improve performance and save money
  • Shefali Sharma, Business Development Director – Oxford Space SystemsDeveloping lighter, compact space structures to pave the way for lower-cost commercial space ventures
  • Phil Redfern, MD – REACT Engineering Ltd – Changing how we clean up nuclear waste to improve environmental impact
  • Christine Boyle, CEO – Senergy Innovation – Creating and deploying a technology that reduces the cost of solar panels by 25%
  • Daniel Thorpe, Business Development Director – Spiro Control Ltd – Helping factories increase production rates and lower energy costs through analytics

Prior to the SME Leaders programme, the Academy ran a programme called Pathways to Growth, which provided training grants for upskilling of engineering and technical staff within SMEs. The awardees of the discontinued programme are listed below.


Pathways to Growth awardees in 2015-2016 were:

  • BPE Design and Support
  • Entropea
  • Eta Projects
  • Fianium
  • Hyperdrive Innovatio
  • Keit
  • Kiln Flame Systems
  • Lontra
  • Magnomatics
  • Mirico
  • Mo-Sys
  • OC Robotics
  • Oil and Gas Measurement
  • Oxford Space Systems
  • Photocentric
  • React Engineering
  • YASA Motors


Pathways to Growth grants were first made in 2014-2015. The awardees were:

  • 3D Laser Mapping
  • Capital Refractories
  • Cobalt Light Systems Ltd
  • Data harvesting
  • e2e Services
  • Embody Orthopaedic
  • ETA projects
  • Etdyn
  • Featurespace Ltd
  • Fianium
  • Firefly Clean Energy
  • Hireserve Ltd
  • HMD Seal/Less Pumps Ltd
  • Lindhurst Engineering Ltd
  • OC Robotics
  • PPM
  • React Engineering
  • Recycling Technologies Ltd
  • Shadow Robot Company
  • Sonobex
  • YASA Motors