EEN helps Bristol firm grow the appetite for satellite insights

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A satellite intelligence business with offices in Bristol and Abu Dhabi is embarking on a new growth phase after Enterprise Europe Network helped it to reorganise and find new ways of working.

 

4 Earth Intelligence (4EI) works with satellite operators to deliver environmental, geospatial and other insights for the likes of government agencies and large corporate firms.

 

Richard Flemmings, Chief Technology Officer at 4EI, said: "A big part of what we’re doing is taking satellite technology and trying to make it easy to interpret and use."

 

"We’re a very technical industry and we’re trying to break those barriers down, getting satellite data out to a wide variety of end users."

 

Covid-19 response programme

 

The company had already worked with Enterprise Europe Network to conduct an IP audit, ensuring that as it grew, its knowledge-based assets remained secure. As the pandemic arrived, 4EI moved on to the Covid-19 response programme and a more holistic approach to support..

 

Richard added: "We were able to tailor support to our needs and initially decided to focus on leadership and growth."

 

"When Covid-19 hit, we had to design a new set of structures and ways of working. It was very useful to have an external adviser that could tease all the right things out of us and give us best-practice guidance. It’s something I hope we use EEN more for as we grow."

 

EEN adviser Dee Temple-Multon also signposted workshops on selling internationally and refining strategies for lead generation.

 

Environmental mapping by satellite

 

Richard, a cartographer by training, has been with 4EI for six years, working initially on an award-winning environmental mapping product created in the Middle East.

 

Richard said: "I joined 4EI to deliver that project when we were just three people; we’re now up to 35 and still working closely with that client."

 

"Dee is constantly pushing new funding and collaboration opportunities our way. We’re a niche company focused on our own stuff so it’s just great to have someone looking out for you, using the network and helping to find relevant opportunities."

 

The company is now preparing for its next phase of growth, aiming to scale up rapidly over the next one to two years, depending on how its services evolve.