Advanced manufacturing

Director takes up role to drive forward Bristol’s world-class automotive research centre

January 15, 2018
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Director takes up role to drive forward Bristol’s world-class automotive research centre

The pioneering car-of-the-future research centre, due to open in 2020 on the outskirts of Bristol, has appointed its first programme director. Gavin Edwards, pictured, joined the University of Bath’s Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) this week from the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department at the...

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Free cyber security advice for small businesses at BRAVE

January 5, 2018
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Bristol-based business support organisation BRAVE Enterprise is hosting a free cyber security workshop later this month for entrepreneurs as new figures show hundreds of firms in the region have been attacked by online criminals. The seminar on January 17 is being presented by Joanne Bocko of Avon and Somerset...

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Chinese New Year banquet offers cracking opportunities for Bristol firms to establish links with China

January 2, 2018
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Chinese New Year banquet offers cracking opportunities for Bristol firms to establish links with China

Bristol firms considering doing business in China this year – or those already trading there – are being urged to take part in the region’s largest Chinese New Year reception and banquet. Organised by the Bristol & West of England China Bureau, the event brings together business leaders, key...

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Business West review of 2017: Just enough good news to help ease the Brexit hangover

December 21, 2017
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Business West review of 2017: Just enough good news to help ease the Brexit hangover

Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the regional organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative – looks back at the highs and lows of 2017. After a tumultuous 2016, many of us were perhaps expecting 2017 to be something like the morning after...

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Bristol car parts manufacturer marks quarter of a century in business

December 15, 2017
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Bristol car parts manufacturer marks quarter of a century in business

Bristol-based automotive parts firm Sanoh UK Manufacturing has celebrated 25 years of trading at its Avonmouth site. The Japanese-owned firm, which makes brake and fuel lines for major car manufacturers, opened its factory off Fourth Way in December 1992 – initially to supply Honda’s then new car plant in...

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Cutting-edge tech will meet traditional printing in pioneering UWE ‘smart ink’ project

December 8, 2017
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Cutting-edge tech will meet traditional printing in pioneering UWE ‘smart ink’ project

T-shirts that change colour to alert the wearer of dangerous chemicals in the air or pharmaceutical packaging that can show when pills are counterfeit could become reality under a major ‘smart ink’ project linking UWE and a leading scientist and print industry expert.  Starting in January at the university’s...

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Speculative ‘big shed’ nearing completion at Filton will fill gap in market, say agents

December 8, 2017
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Speculative ‘big shed’ nearing completion at Filton will fill gap in market, say agents

One of the largest speculative warehouses to be built in Bristol is close to being finished, with its marketing agents expecting strong interest from firms operating in the so-called ‘last-mile’ of their supply chains. Unit G2 at Horizon38, the £85m employment scheme being developed on former Rolls-Royce land at...

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Bristol Business School teams up with top hotel to stage series of Phenomenal Women talks

December 7, 2017
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Bristol Business School teams up with top hotel to stage series of Phenomenal Women talks

A series of inspirational talks by high-profile business women is to be launched next year by Bristol Business School in conjunction with one of the region’s top hotels. Called Phenomenal Women, the bi-monthly events will be staged from February to November at the five-star Gainsborough Spa Hotel in Bath...

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Change at the top of South West CBI as regional chair quits early

December 6, 2017
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Change at the top of South West CBI as regional chair quits early

The CBI has appointed Susan Davy, chief financial officer of environmental infrastructure group Pennon Group, as the next chair of its South West region. Susan, pictured right, will replace Andrew Livingston, CEO of Yeovil-based DIY and building equipment supplier Screwfix, who is leaving the post early.  Andrew, pictured below,...

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Bristol architects to steer design of city’s world-beating £60m automotive research centre

December 6, 2017
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Bristol-headquartered architecture firm Stride Treglown has been appointed as lead consultant on the pioneering car-of-the-future research centre to be built on the city’s outskirts. The firm, which has nine offices across the UK and in Abu Dhabi, has already worked on the £60m centre for the University of Bath, producing...

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Pioneering Bristol meditech firm ready to launch antiseptic products onto market

December 1, 2017
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Pioneering Bristol meditech firm ready to launch antiseptic products onto market

Bristol specialist tech firm Pertinax Pharma is launching its antimicrobial products into the commercial market after a year of growth and development. The company, founded in 2015 by Reader in Biomaterials Dr Michele Barbour, has created a slow-release technology that provides controlled and sustained delivery of the antiseptic chlorhexidine. ...

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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Bristol’s economy’

December 1, 2017
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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Bristol’s economy’

Bristol’s economy could benefit from aspects of the government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy, announced this week, three key figures in the city’s business community have said. But there was also disappointment at the lack of detail in some of initiatives and a need for more engagement with the business community...

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Budget 2017: Bristol business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Bristol business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s support for the tech sector – a vital part of Bristol’s economy – and his commitment to devolve more funding for infrastructure and skills to the West of England in Wednesday’s Budget have been welcomed by business figures across the city. However, there was criticism that...

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