Advanced manufacturing

Investment in Bristol biotech firm to take its innovative adhesives from lab to pilot trials

May 17, 2019
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Investment in Bristol biotech firm to take its innovative adhesives from lab to pilot trials

University of Bristol biotech spin-out Zentraxa has raised £500,000 to start full trials of its unique manufacturing process that produces biological adhesives for use in the healthcare sector. The firm, which has its roots in the university’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre, hopes to commercialise the produce, called Zentide.  It...

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Bristol bosses shortlisted for awards that champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs

May 17, 2019
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Bristol bosses shortlisted for awards that champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs

Five Bristol bosses are in the running for the region’s most prestigious awards for boardroom excellence and enterprise. The five – whose businesses range from the region’s largest bus operator to a family-owned recycling company – have been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors South West 2019 Director of...

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Thrings acts for steel stockholder as it moves into manufacturing with takeover of near neighbour

May 16, 2019
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Thrings acts for steel stockholder as it moves into manufacturing with takeover of near neighbour

The Bristol office of regional law firm Thrings has helped the UK’s largest independent pre-stressing steel stockholder and distributor buy a steel manufacturing business based less than a mile away. Megasteel, based just outside Malmesbury, Wiltshire, acquired Sweetnam & Bradley, based in the town, for an undisclosed sum. Both...

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‘Sort out Brexit’ plea to MPs by Chamber of Commerce as economy is helped by stockpiling

May 10, 2019
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‘Sort out Brexit’ plea to MPs by Chamber of Commerce as economy is helped by stockpiling

Bristol Chamber of Commerce has again called on Parliament to resolve Brexit and tackle the UK’s long-term economic challenges after figures out today showed that stockpiling by manufacturers ahead of the UK leaving the EU had helped boost growth. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the...

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Boost for Bristol’s science sector as UWE launches redeveloped and extended labs

May 10, 2019
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Boost for Bristol’s science sector as UWE launches redeveloped and extended labs

New and enhanced science laboratories at UWE Bristol have been officially opened following a £7m redevelopment project, better preparing students for work in the city’s growing science-related sectors. Known as the ‘Lab Zone’ and made up of a connected series of research labs and teaching spaces, pictured, the area...

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Pedal to Paris challenge for Bristol firms to pull in funds for city’s hospital charity

May 3, 2019
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Pedal to Paris challenge for Bristol firms to pull in funds for city’s hospital charity

Bristol businesses looking for a corporate challenge can join a 470km cycle ride to Paris to and help raise money for the city’s hospitals. Now in its fifth year, the event will include 80 cyclists taking a new route from the centre of Bristol to the French capital, where...

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Queen’s Awards recognise Bristol firms’ innovation and international trade growth

April 26, 2019
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Queen’s Awards recognise Bristol firms’ innovation and international trade growth

Four Bristol businesses have this week been celebrating winning a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of their contribution to the UK economy. Maximise IT Solutions, Bodywise UK, Pitchmark and Precision Dippings Manufacturing are among 201 firms across the UK recognised for their contribution to international trade, innovation,...

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Civil engineering body puts Brunel in his place by shortlisting museum for top award

April 12, 2019
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Civil engineering body puts Brunel in his place by shortlisting museum for top award

Bristol’s innovative Being Brunel has been shortlisted for a major civil engineering award just over a year after it opened. The museum, dedicated to the engineering genius and situated alongside his pioneering SS Great Britain, is in the running for the prestigious South West Civil Engineering Award, staged by...

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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

April 12, 2019
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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

Confidence levels among West of England firms have dropped significantly – with orders and sales also down – according to the latest survey by Business West, with the region’s largest business organisation blaming Brexit uncertainty for the slump. All measures in the survey of around 500 firms were in...

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Research reveals high growth potential of South West’s entrepreneurial businesses

April 5, 2019
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Research reveals high growth potential of South West’s entrepreneurial businesses

More than 900 private firms in the South West have the potential to grow exponentially and create thousands of jobs, according to new research. These 937 businesses have generated £2.8bn of turnover growth and created nearly 13,500 jobs in the past three years, the report by investment group BGF...

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UK’s first Women in Business Charter launched in Bristol to improve workplace gender equality

March 29, 2019
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UK’s first Women in Business Charter launched in Bristol to improve workplace gender equality

Bristol businesswomen are calling for greater gender equality – from pay to representation on boards – after launching the UK’s first Women in Business Charter in the city this week. The move came from the city’s Women in Business Task Group, which was set up to champion and advance...

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Schools to battle it out in contest aimed at widening diversity and inclusion in cyber security industry

March 29, 2019
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Schools to battle it out in contest aimed at widening diversity and inclusion in cyber security industry

Schools from across Bristol and the West of England will battle it out tomorrow to become the regional champion in a new competition aimed at encouraging more women and girls into cyber security jobs. The top-performing schools that took part in a recent NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) CyberFirst...

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Construction equipment group builds its UK coverage further with Scottish acquisition

March 28, 2019
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Construction equipment group builds its UK coverage further with Scottish acquisition

An acquisition in Scotland supported by long-term legal advisers TLT has continued Bristol-based Molson Construction Equipment’s fast-paced expansion. Molson, the UK’s largest independent construction equipment supplier, has taken over Finlay Scotland in a move that gives it the distribution rights for Terex Finlay mobile crushing, screening and conveying equipment...

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