Advanced manufacturing

Major sustainable business festival to be staged in Bristol will bolster city’s green credentials

March 22, 2019
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Major sustainable business festival to be staged in Bristol will bolster city’s green credentials

Bristol is to play host to one of the UK’s largest free festivals centred on sustainable business later this year, strengthening its standing as a hotbed of green innovation and potentially bringing world-leading technology to the city. The Festival of Sustainable Business is expected to attract around 2,000 attendees,...

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Firms given ‘export champion’ status to encourage others to explore overseas trade

March 22, 2019
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Firms given ‘export champion’ status to encourage others to explore overseas trade

Bristol area businesses have today been recognised as ‘export champions’ by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Thatchers Cider, advanced engineering group Renishaw and cheese maker Lye Cross Farm are among 15 leading exporters from across the South West to appear at an...

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Back and bigger than before – Business Showcase South West returns to Bristol in June

March 21, 2019
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Back and bigger than before – Business Showcase South West returns to Bristol in June

Business Showcase South West – the region’s largest event of its kind – returns in June with the promise of an unparalleled range of seminars, workshops, speeches and networking opportunities. The event, the ninth since it launched in 2014, again takes place in Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium and will...

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Mentoring scheme takes off to help women in aerospace overcome industry’s gender imbalance

March 8, 2019
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Mentoring scheme takes off to help women in aerospace overcome industry’s gender imbalance

An online mentoring platform to help professional women working in the aerospace and aviation industries progress their careers by connecting them with female mentors has been launched today to coincide with International Women’s Day. The platform is part of the ‘alta’ mentoring scheme, which began four years ago and...

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Non-EU exports worth millions to South West firms at risk if no deal Brexit takes place, warns CBI

February 22, 2019
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Non-EU exports worth millions to South West firms at risk if no deal Brexit takes place, warns CBI

The CBI today issued another dire warning of the likely effects on the South West’s economy of leaving the EU without a deal – the potential loss of global export orders worth millions of pounds. The business organisation highlighted what it said would be the damaging implications of crashing...

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Global offshore engineering group takes stake in Bristol subsea inspections tech firm

February 22, 2019
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Global offshore engineering group takes stake in Bristol subsea inspections tech firm

Bristol tech firm Rovco, which is developing 3D vision and Artificial Intelligence techniques for subsea inspections, has formed an investment partnership with a market leader in offshore engineering. The link up with Global Marine Group (GMG) comes less than a year after Rovco received a £400,000 investment from the Bristol...

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Greener, cleaner ball bearings for food and drink industry launched by Bristol firm

February 22, 2019
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Greener, cleaner ball bearings for food and drink industry launched by Bristol firm

Bristol-based industrial parts distributor Antifriction is forecasting strong sales of a new range of greener and more energy-efficient ball bearings developed for food and drink manufacturers. The firm has signed a deal with Swedish multi-national SKF to stock the new Food Line range, which aims to improve health and safety by lowering the...

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Jobs at risk after administrators are called into Bristol pharmaceutical manufacturer

February 15, 2019
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Jobs at risk after administrators are called into Bristol pharmaceutical manufacturer

Administrators have been appointed at troubled Bristol-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Avara Avlon Pharma Services, putting a question mark over the jobs of all its 270 workers. The firm makes active pharmaceutical ingredients at a 100-acre site in Avonmouth, pictured, which was acquired by US-based Avara Pharmaceutical Services from UK drugs...

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Early-stage Bristol start-ups sought for tech firm’s relaunched Growth Accelerator Programme

February 15, 2019
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Early-stage Bristol start-ups sought for tech firm’s relaunched Growth Accelerator Programme

Bristol-based consultancy and tech company Techmodal has relaunched its Growth Accelerator Programme to invest and develop innovative ideas in the city’s start-up community.  The programme encourages individuals and pre and early-stage start-ups with an interest in tapping into the defence industry to pitch their ideas with a view to...

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Skilled jobs on the way as two global firms choose West of England to open new bases

February 15, 2019
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Skilled jobs on the way as two global firms choose West of England to open new bases

Two international industrial firms are to create around 130 highly-skilled jobs between them after selecting the West of England to expand their reach and plug into the region’s fast-growing energy sector. French group Boccard has opened a nuclear centre of excellence in Bristol, which will be home to around...

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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s top ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s top ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent...

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CBI warns post-Brexit immigration policies could stop West firms recruiting enough workers

February 12, 2019
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CBI warns post-Brexit immigration policies could stop West firms recruiting enough workers

Firms across the West of England could face “severe difficulties” in employing enough staff to stay in business if government post-Brexit plans to restrict overseas workers come into effect, according to the CBI. An immigration visa system now under consultation could prevent firms employing workers on salaries of less...

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‘Living laboratory’ plan for Bristol to become testbed for infrastructure innovation

February 8, 2019
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‘Living laboratory’ plan for Bristol to become testbed for infrastructure innovation

Bristol is to become a ‘living laboratory’ by harnessing the power of the city’s already strong cross-sector collaboration to speed up innovations in areas such as transport and infrastructure. It is to become home to the UKCRIC Bristol Collaboratory, which will establish Bristol as a testbed for new ideas. ...

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