Advanced manufacturing

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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Bristol agency Brandon Hill lands contract to stage major UK space conference

August 20, 2014
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Bristol agency Brandon Hill lands contract to stage major UK space conference

Bristol-based events and communications agency Brandon Hill Communications has been appointed to stage the UK’s leading space industry event, the UK Space Conference 2015. The two-day event, held every second year, focuses on how the UK can make an impact in a global market which, according to estimates, could...

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Engineering group Alderley strengthens control systems business with new sales manager

August 19, 2014
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Engineering group Alderley strengthens control systems business with new sales manager

Spencer Linsell has been appointed sales manager at Alderley Systems, part of the Alderley group of specialist engineering companies. Spencer, pictured, brings with him a strong knowledge of integrated process and metering systems gained from working in the oil and gas industry for the past 10 years. In his...

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Imperial Tobacco’s sales suffer on tighter Russian anti-smoking laws and Middle East conflicts

August 19, 2014
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Imperial Tobacco’s sales suffer on tighter Russian anti-smoking laws and Middle East conflicts

Tighter regulations on smoking in Russia and continued violence in the Middle East combined to hit sales at Imperial Tobacco – but the Bristol-based global group said an emphasis on its key brands was paying off in the face of a shrinking worldwide market. The group, which has its...

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