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From skills and transport to AI. Business West issues 10 priorities for next government to boost region

May 24, 2024
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From skills and transport to AI. Business West issues 10 priorities for next government to boost region

With the general election now taking place on 4 July, Business West – the region’s largest business organisation – has issued a 10-point plan for the long-term prosperity of the West of England. Through its Quarterly Economic Survey, which acts as a barometer of business sentiment across the region,...

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Switch-on for Bristol’s world-class supercomputer opens up powerful new horizons for UK scientists

May 17, 2024
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Switch-on for Bristol’s world-class supercomputer opens up powerful new horizons for UK scientists

The University of Bristol’s groundbreaking, £225m Isambard-AI phase one supercomputer is now live – and has immediately been crowned as the UK’S fastest and most powerful as well as the world’s second greenest. Scientists will soon be able to use Isambard-AI, pictured in its temporary housing, for research not...

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Student firms with potentially world-changing innovations scoop £100,000 in grant funding

May 10, 2024
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Student firms with potentially world-changing innovations scoop £100,000 in grant funding

Bristol start-ups aiming to reduce the impact of concussions in sportswomen, make seaweed farms more efficient, slash the cost of electrochemical production using 3D printing and treat sewage using light have won a share of grant funding worth £100,000 at a university pitching competition. They were among 12 fledgling firms...

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Bristol firms that treat waste, keep the railways safe and mark football pitches land coveted King’s Awards

May 10, 2024
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Bristol firms that treat waste, keep the railways safe and mark football pitches land coveted King’s Awards

Three very different Bristol firms are among the latest winners in the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise scheme. ‘Intelligent video’ firm One Big Circle has received its award in the Innovation category while Pitchmark Group, which helps mark the lines on football pitches across the globe, is now the...

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Major lift for Bristol Balloon Fiesta as first tranche of city firms sign up as corporate sponsors

May 10, 2024
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Key organisations in Bristol’s business community have signed up to support the city’s iconic International Balloon Fiesta. Among the firms sponsoring the event, now in its 46th year, are aerospace giant Airbus, which has its main wing design centre at Filton, electric-car manufacturer Tesla and upmarket restaurant chain The...

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Shaggy dog story gives guests at accountancy group’s annual dinner some food for thought

May 10, 2024
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Shaggy dog story gives guests at accountancy group’s annual dinner some food for thought

Ultra-athlete Dion Leonard, who runs distances of 250-plus miles in some of the world’s toughest conditions, has told West of England business leaders they too can overcome huge challenges – if they are determined. Dion, pictured, was guest speaker at accountancy body ICAEW West of England’s annual dinner in...

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Festival of Nature to host staff awaydays and roundtables as it seeks to involve Bristol businesses

May 10, 2024
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Festival of Nature to host staff awaydays and roundtables as it seeks to involve Bristol businesses

Bristol firms are being urged to link up with the UK’s biggest nature festival taking place in the city next month, when they will be able to get involved in a host of activities. Among events targeted at businesses during the 21st annual Festival of Nature will be roundtables on...

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Substantial increase in South West business optimism flagged up by third survey in less than two weeks

May 8, 2024
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Substantial increase in South West business optimism flagged up by third survey in less than two weeks

Another business survey has pointed to a dramatic bounce back in confidence among South West firms as the outlook on inflation and interest rates improves. Results of the quarterly survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) show optimism levels soared by 40 percentage points to their highest level...

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£1m worth of funding available to encourage innovation among Bristol’s small and mid-sized firms

May 7, 2024
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£1m worth of funding available to encourage innovation among Bristol’s small and mid-sized firms

Bristol’s small and medium-sized firms can secure grants of up to £25,000 to help them innovate and grow under a scheme set up by the West of England Combined Authority. The £1m programme offers eligible firms a one-off grant towards the cost of research and development – with the...

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Global engineering group swoops for fast-growing Bristol engineering consultancy

May 3, 2024
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Global engineering group swoops for fast-growing Bristol engineering consultancy

Bristol-based engineering design consultancy Hydrock, which has grown rapidly through a string of acquisitions in recent years, has itself been snapped up by a global leader in its sector. Hydrock, which employs more than 950 people across its 22 UK offices, is the third acquisition this year for new...

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£1m investment for pioneering Bristol firm on a mission to improve home heating systems

May 3, 2024
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£1m investment for pioneering Bristol firm on a mission to improve home heating systems

A Bristol start-up looking to revolutionise how homes are heated has raised almost £1m to further develop its air source heat pump technology, Nusku was formed in 2022 after founder Russell Murchie, who was working at Dyson at the time, was chatting with friends about why heat pumps were...

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Plea to Bristol’s male-dominated firms to help city gain title of UK capital of gender equality

May 1, 2024
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Plea to Bristol’s male-dominated firms to help city gain title of UK capital of gender equality

Businesses in traditionally male industries such as engineering and manufacturing are being urged to back efforts to help make Bristol the UK’s first gender equal city. The call has come from Bristol Women in Business Charter, which has signed up 45 organisations represents more than a fifth of Bristol’s...

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Stronger sales and profits forecast by region’s firms as lower inflation sparks big rise in confidence

May 1, 2024
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Stronger sales and profits forecast by region’s firms as lower inflation sparks big rise in confidence

Business optimism is increasing rapidly in the South West as lower inflation is expected to trigger strong sales and profits growth, two new survey show. Confidence among the region’s firms has surged over the past six months at more than three times its usual rate, according to the latest...

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