Advanced manufacturing

SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m from Airbus Space

September 16, 2014
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SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m from Airbus Space

IT innovator SciSys has secured a €2m (£1.59m) order to develop software for the next Mars rover as part of the European Space Agency’s 2018 mission to the red planet. The Chippenham-headquartered firm, which has an office in Brislington, has its roots in the space industry. It will work...

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Bristol 3D printing pioneers in running for major graduate enterprise award

September 12, 2014
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Bristol 3D printing pioneers in running for major graduate enterprise award

OmniDynamics, the innovative Bristol start-up aiming to slash the costs of 3D printing, has reached the national final of the Lloyds Bank Enterprise awards for graduates. The firm, based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), went through to the prestigious final after winning the regional heat in Exeter this...

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Bristol ranked among England’s top five economic hotspots with potential for more growth

September 11, 2014
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Bristol ranked among England’s top five economic hotspots with potential for more growth

Bristol has been named as one of the UK’s top five cities for growth outside of London, underpinning its reputation as a centre for innovation, technology and creativity. The city ranks fourth for economic and demographic expansion over the past eight years, according to a new report analysing the...

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Gem bitter sparkles in international beer awards as it strikes gold

September 11, 2014
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Gem bitter sparkles in international beer awards as it strikes gold

Brewer and pub operator Bath Ales’ flagship beer, Gem, has won one of the most prestigious international brewing awards. The International Beer Challenge considers more than 500 brews from 30-plus countries. As well as receiving a Gold Medal, Gem also scooped the highly-coveted trophy for its category – the Best Ale up to 5%...

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Bristol’s tech pioneers to be showcased as city is chosen to host national innovation festival

September 8, 2014
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Bristol’s tech pioneers to be showcased as city is chosen to host national innovation festival

Bristol’s growing reputation as one of the UK’s leading hi-tech centres has been recognised by its inclusion in a national innovation festival. Some of the city’s most innovative businesses will open their doors to executives, entrepreneurs, investors, potential employees and the public as part of the OpenCo event, which...

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Growth on the cards for screen protection firm as it moves to new base

September 5, 2014
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Growth on the cards for screen protection firm as it moves to new base

Fast-growing Bristol tech company Tuffscreen Screen Protection has moved to larger premises to allow for further expansion. The firm manufactures custom-made screen protectors to provide unrivalled scratch and impact protection to the mobile computers and barcode scanners, satnavs, and smartphones used by companies in the field. The unique technology...

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Bristol Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Does your business have the right skills to grow?

September 5, 2014
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Bristol Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Does your business have the right skills to grow?

By Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP What will your business look like three years from now? Do your existing staff have the right mix of skills to help your business flourish? Do you have the right recruitment and workforce development strategy in place? If you...

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Former Rolls-Royce HR director takes up non-executive role at Renishaw

September 4, 2014
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Former Rolls-Royce HR director takes up non-executive role at Renishaw

West advanced engineering innovator Renishaw has appointed Rolls-Royce’s former group HR director Kath Durrant as a non-executive director with effect from January 1 next year. Ms Durrant, pictured, who has also worked for AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, sits as an advisory board member for the Lancaster University Management School. She...

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Manufacturing growth slows as concerns grow over weaker exports

September 1, 2014
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Manufacturing growth slows as concerns grow over weaker exports

Growth among West of England manufacturers has eased to more moderate and sustainable long-term levels, according to a survey published today – but exports are being hit by a combination of weakness in the eurozone and sterling’s strength. The latest quarterly Manufacturing Outlook survey from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation,...

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Bristol to play lead research role in pioneering 3D security and defence technology

August 29, 2014
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Bristol to play lead research role in pioneering 3D security and defence technology

Bristol’s position as an emerging centre for innovative 3D technology has been underpinned by new research to help surveillance systems identify suspicious objects or people easier. The Government-funded study, which aims to develop 3D imaging technology, forms a continuation of the link-up between UWE Bristol’s Centre for Machine Vision,...

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Indian expansion for Renishaw as it takes its pioneering 3D printing to new markets

August 27, 2014
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Indian expansion for Renishaw as it takes its pioneering 3D printing to new markets

West advanced engineering group Renishaw is to open a metal 3D printing centre at its factory in Pune, India, as it looks to build on its world-leading innovation in the fast-emerging manufacturing process. The investment was announced as part of a high-level trade delegation to India led by Deputy...

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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free...

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Boots retail contract for Bristol company bringing a touch of style to disabled parking permit wallets

August 22, 2014
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Boots retail contract for Bristol company bringing a touch of style to disabled parking permit wallets

Bristol-based Blue Badge Company, which made the world’s first stylish wallets for disabled parking permits, is to have its products stocked by Boots stores across the UK. The unique blue badge holder designs will be on the shelves of around 2,000 Boots outlets and on the retailer’s website. Blue...

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