Advanced manufacturing

Shake-up at the top of Airbus’s UK arm raises questions over its post-Brexit future

July 21, 2017
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Shake-up at the top of Airbus’s UK arm raises questions over its post-Brexit future

Airbus’s top UK boss Paul Kahn has left the group and his role has been scrapped in a move that has raised concerns among some industry watchers that British influence in European-owned aerospace giant is being reduced ahead of Brexit. Airbus in the UK will now be head by...

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Market launch for Bristol-made gaming robot within reach as inventors receive £5.8m investment

July 21, 2017
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Market launch for Bristol-made gaming robot within reach as inventors receive £5.8m investment

Reach Robotics, the Bristol-based robotics, augmented reality and mobile gaming firm, has secured a £5.8m investment as its first robots prepare to take part in a global test programme. The funding will help Reach take its MekaMon intelligent gaming robot to market as well as strengthening its team. Reach...

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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

July 21, 2017
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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

Bristol’s forward-looking employers now have more time to enter a top awards scheme that champions the happiest workplaces fin the West following a decision by organisers to extend the deadline for entries. Staged by Lawrence Hill-based and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the Happiest Workplace competition recognises firms that...

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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

July 21, 2017
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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

Exporting firms based in the South West received support worth £3.2m from the government’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF) over the past year – helping them achieve overseas sales of more than £41m. The figures emerge from UKEF’s latest annual report. The agency works alongside the Department...

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Trust, culture and diversity – the three key areas for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

July 14, 2017
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Trust, culture and diversity – the three key areas for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The watchwords for businesses involved with the onset of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ must be trust, culture and diversity, according to a leading Bristol employment lawyer. Greg Chambers, pictured, associate director in the employment team at Osborne Clarke, said the world stood on the brink of another industrial revolution,...

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Green light for global automotive research centre will create new industry cluster for Bristol

July 14, 2017
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Green light for global automotive research centre will create new industry cluster for Bristol

An innovative automotive industry cluster focussed on ultra-low emission cars is to be developed in the Bristol area following the go-ahead for a new world-beating research centre. The £60m IAAPS – Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems – pictured, will provide access to its state-of-the art facilities for start-ups and...

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Take advantage of post-Brexit trade deals to export, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox tells West firms

July 14, 2017
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Take advantage of post-Brexit trade deals to export, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox tells West firms

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox today told Bristol area businesses that there has never been a better time to start exporting, with the help of his department. Latest government figures show an 11% surge in the value of overseas sales made by businesses from the region, with more than...

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Bristol business figures to receive honorary degrees from UWE

July 7, 2017
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Bristol business figures to receive honorary degrees from UWE

UWE Bristol is to award honorary degrees to a number of prominent Bristol business people, including former Airbus chief Iain Gray and Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE. Also receiving honorary degrees are former British Retail Consortium director general and Business West chair Stephen Robertson and entrepreneur and leading private...

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‘Outstanding’ partnership with UWE set to revolutionise Henry vacuum cleaner firm’s production

July 7, 2017
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‘Outstanding’ partnership with UWE set to revolutionise Henry vacuum cleaner firm’s production

A two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between UWE Bristol and the manufacturer of popular Henry and Hetty vacuum cleaners – which will revolutionise the way they are made – has earned an Outstanding grade from Innovate UK. The grade is the highest possible for a KTP and rarely given....

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Trio of Bristol firms among front runners for region’s most sought-after business awards

July 6, 2017
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Trio of Bristol firms among front runners for region’s most sought-after business awards

Three firms from the Bristol area have been named among the finalists for the coveted PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Recruitment specialist Resource Solutions Group (RSG), advanced engineering group Viper Innovations, and Bodywise (UK), which trades under the...

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Bristol Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. The outlook’s good – but we need to stress-test for shocks

July 5, 2017
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By Donna Kehoe, Bank of England agent for the South West of England Twice a year the Bank of England publishes a major review of what we call the ‘financial stability’ of the nation. Our aim is to ensure that the financial system is as robust as it can...

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£9m boost for engineering, construction and health skills across West of England

June 30, 2017
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£9m boost for engineering, construction and health skills across West of England

Nearly £9m is to be invested in three projects aimed at boosting practical skills across the West of England, including in two new centres for construction and health. Some £3.3m will go towards a new Infrastructure Construction Skills Centre and £5.4m for a new Health and Active Living Skills...

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West of England skills needs to be addressed at Business West event

June 30, 2017
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West of England skills needs to be addressed at Business West event

Businesses and training providers will come together at an event next month to look at practical ideas to meet some of the skills needs across the West of England. The half-day Future Skills Exchange is being staged by Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the...

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