Rushlight Transport Briefing


We were delighted to be able to thank the following for their generous support of the Rushlight Show 2020:

Lead Sponsors

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information visit  Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.  We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.  We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D.  Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.


Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. We are building an economy that works for everyone, so that there are great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow. As the lead department on energy and climate change, energy efficiency and reducing energy use is central to our culture and values. Our priorities for Clean Growth and Industry were set out in our Clean Growth Strategy in October and our Industrial Strategy in November 2017.


Carbon Limiting Technologies

Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) works with industry and government to commercialise low carbon innovations and accelerate clean growth.  Since 2006, we have worked with over 350 low carbon innovators to help them commercialise new technologies. We advise on product development, business planning, market engagement and investment readiness. We also facilitate industrial partnerships between large corporates and SMEs by helping them find, select and partner with the most promising companies.  As a trusted delivery partner for Government, CLT develops and manages multi-year incubation programmes, including leading BEIS’s £72m Energy Entrepreneurs Fund since 2012. Through the FCO and DIT, CLT helps UK businesses increase trade by analysing global markets and matching skills at home with needs abroad.

Venner Shipley LLP 

Venner Shipley is a leading full service intellectual property firm covering all aspects of patents, trade marks, designs, dispute resolution and other intellectual property-related legal services. With offices in London, Cambridge, Guildford, Manchester and Munich, we are a modern forward-thinking firm representing a wide variety of clients including major domestic and international corporations, SMEs, high growth start-ups, universities and research institutions as well as individual inventors at the forefront of technology and innovation. This means that our experts deal with a hugely diverse and constantly evolving range of intellectual property issues with specialist teams in electronics, engineering, chemistry, pharmaceuticals as well as biotech.

Granted Consultancy Ltd

We are Granted Consultancy, an experienced team of UK and EU grant funding specialists. Granted has the expertise to manage the full range of non-dilutive funding options -our grant writing, project management, training and tax credit services allow you to focus on your business. Our sectoral experience spans across Advance Manufacturing, CleanTech, Digital, Future Transport, Health & Life Sciences, Robotics & AI and Tech. Since 2010 we have developed a demonstrable track record of successfully securing funding and to date have secured over £75m of UK and EU grant funding for a number of R&D projects. At Granted we thrive on learning about new technologies and innovative business models, so if you have an ambitious project get in contact with our team to give your business the best chance of securing grant funding.

Flanders Investment and Trade

Flanders Investment and Trade is a government development agency at the Belgian Embassy in London. We provide confidential expert advice on doing business on the European continent.  Our services are tailored to your business needs and are free of charge. We can help you find the right location and get you in touch with suitable specialists or partners. Flanders Investment and Trade will guide you through our tax incentives and available grants to maximise opportunity. Feel free to contact us on  or +44 (0)207 307 77 10 regarding any query on doing business in Europe.

London South Bank University

London South Bank University (LSBU) works with early stage start-ups and established SMEs to help them innovate, grow and maximise the commercial potential of their cleantech technologies.  Our dedicated Sustainable Innovation team focuses on building collaborations between academic experts and SMEs to create low carbon solutions.  We provide fully-funded support and grants to help London businesses with product development, as well as business and funding support.  Utilising £4 million of ERDF funding, we ensure our services are tailored to the needs of your business.  You may find out more details about our services via the following link:

Shoosmiths LLP

With over 1,600 staff, 200 partners and 11 offices, Shoosmiths is one of the largest independent law firms in the UK.  It is well-known for its work in energy, renewables and infrastructure, which is one of the firm’s core sectors.  The firm acts for numerous SMEs, investors, funds and government-backed entities in this field.  This includes: numerous EEF-funded SMEs (as formal legal advisor to the EEF incubation services consortium, appointed by BEIS), the Connected Places Catapult (incorporating Future Cities and Transport Catapults), and the manager of the National Digital Infrastructure Fund.  What sets Shoosmiths apart is its pragmatic, accessible and friendly approach, and its use of AI and innovative solutions, to assist and support its clients at whatever stage and size of their business.  Shoosmiths was awarded the 2018 National Law Firm of the Year (at the Legal Business Awards) and the 2019 Corporate and Commercial Firm of the Year in the field of venture capital (at the Legal 500 Awards).