Advanced manufacturing

Bristol engineers wing it to help Airbus land $50bn blockbuster aircraft deal

November 17, 2017
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Bristol engineers wing it to help Airbus land $50bn blockbuster aircraft deal

Innovative fuel-saving wing-tip devices developed by Airbus engineers in Bristol have helped the aerospace giant clinch one of the biggest deals in aviation history – selling 430 aircraft to US investment group Indigo Partners for nearly $50bn (£37.8bn). The single-aisle aircraft A320neo (new engine option) is a re-engineering of...

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Bristol firms dominate unique list of South West’s most disruptive firms

November 17, 2017
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Bristol firms dominate unique list of South West’s most disruptive firms

The 25 most disruptive firms in the South West have been named in a unique list – with seven of the top 10 based in Bristol. The first of its kind, the Disrupt South West index recognises ventures with headquarters in the region which hold the greatest potential to...

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Engine Shed 2 project on track after city council gives green light to new innovation hub

November 10, 2017
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Engine Shed 2 project on track after city council gives green light to new innovation hub

Ambitious plans for a second Engine Shed innovation hub in Bristol were this week given the go-ahead by the city council, paving the way for increased long-term, sustainable and inclusive economic growth based on its model of collaboration. Engine Shed 2 will enable it to bring new projects into...

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Confidence climbs to 12-month high as orders and sales strengthen, Business West survey reveals

November 10, 2017
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Confidence climbs to 12-month high as orders and sales strengthen, Business West survey reveals

West of England firms’ domestic sales and orders have grown at their fastest rate for two years, while business confidence is at its highest since before the Brexit referendum, according to the latest survey from Business West. The organisation, the largest business membership group in the region, said the...

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Firms to get a chance to find out why Fairtrade makes business sense at Bristol workshop

November 10, 2017
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Firms to get a chance to find out why Fairtrade makes business sense at Bristol workshop

Bristol firms are to get the chance to learn more about the business case behind using Fairtrade products at an event later this month. The workshop, staged by Bristol Fairtrade Network at the Future Economy Centre on Temple Way, will give help and inspiration on ways to source Fairtrade...

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Urgent need for more skilled construction workers to meet demand across West, report shows

November 10, 2017
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Urgent need for more skilled construction workers to meet demand across West, report shows

More than 80,000 construction workers will be needed across the West of England over the next 20 years to help make hundreds of building projects a reality, according to a new report.  The West of England Combined Authority (WECA)I, which commissioned the research, said it would work with colleges,...

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University of Bristol’s innovation centre will make city world hub for quantum technology

November 7, 2017
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University of Bristol’s innovation centre will make city world hub for quantum technology

The University of Bristol this week revealed plans to take quantum research from the lab into the commercial world by launching the world’s first centre of its kind. The £43m centre will harness the enormous power of the quantum world – the behaviour of matter and energy on the...

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£10m commitment fuels further progress for Bristol’s car-of-the-future research centre

November 6, 2017
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£10m commitment fuels further progress for Bristol’s car-of-the-future research centre

The planned world-beating automotive research centre on the outskirts of Bristol has passed a significant milestone after receiving official confirmation that it will receive funding of £10m. IAAPS – Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems – will help develop the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles and create an...

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Bristol’s dedicated VR Lab becomes a reality after gaining financial backing

November 3, 2017
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Bristol’s dedicated VR Lab becomes a reality after gaining financial backing

Bristol is to strengthen its role as a leading centre for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with the opening in January of one of the UK’s first dedicated research centres for the fast-growing sector. The formal go-ahead was given for the Bristol VR Lab was given this...

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Events: BRAVE training courses and workshops

October 31, 2017
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Events: BRAVE training courses and workshops

BRAVE Enterprise, the not-for-profit business advice organisation in Bristol, is holding a series of training workshops during November for those who are looking to promote, protect or start a business. All courses are held at The Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, Bristol BS2 8QN, and include:  Starting in...

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Bristol’s innovation and collaboration earn it title of country’s leading smart city

October 30, 2017
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Collaboration between Bristol’s tech sector, council and academia has helped it overtake London as the UK’s leading smart city, according to a new index. Navigant Consulting, which was commissioned by Huawei UK to produce the second UK Smart Cities Index, said Bristol’s success was a direct result of it...

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Hat-trick of contract wins for Fusion Processing triggers more growth and move to larger base

October 30, 2017
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Hat-trick of contract wins for Fusion Processing triggers more growth and move to larger base

Bristol-based sensory technology firm Fusion Processing has moved to larger premises to continue its growth after winning three major new contracts in the past two months. The firm, which specialises in developing sensors and control systems for driverless cars and detectors for vehicle safety systems, is part of a UK...

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Footwear innovators step into The Interchange to develop connections with Bristol’s tech sector

October 27, 2017
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Footwear innovators step into The Interchange to develop connections with Bristol’s tech sector

Shoemaster International, the world-leading developer of 3D CAD/CAM for the global footwear manufacturing industry, has relocated from Somerset to Bristol to help it forge partnerships with the city’s burgeoning tech sector. Originally the CAD/CAM division of shoe giant Clarks International in Street, the standalone firm has developed software that...

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