Advanced manufacturing

PR agency Purplefish to help give Future Space’s science and tech innovators springboard for growth

June 25, 2020
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PR agency Purplefish to help give Future Space’s science and tech innovators springboard for growth

Bristol science and tech hub Future Space has teamed up with city-based communications agency Purplefish to launch a programme of advice and support to businesses for businesses across the South West. The free, virtual advisory sessions have been helping firms based at the hub on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus...

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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

June 25, 2020
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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

An online service promising impartial financial advice for Bristol firms on funding options has been launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. According to Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, its Finance Hub will be free from confusing jargon or any hard sell, enabling businesses...

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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

June 23, 2020
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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

Business groups have cautiously backed the reduction of many coronavirus lockdown restrictions announced earlier this week by the Prime Minister. But they also warned that other measures to boost the economy were still needed to avoid widespread business failures and job losses.  In a major boost to the West...

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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

June 23, 2020
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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

A surprise fall in the number of corporate insolvencies could herald the ‘calm before the storm’, the South West branch of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 has warned. Figures published by the Insolvency Service show a 30% drop in companies going bust at the height of the coronavirus...

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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

June 19, 2020
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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

Unemployment has soared by 145% in the West of England since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures published today, with just nearly 40,000 people claiming jobless benefits. At the same time, around 22% of the region’s workforce – 132,600 people – have been furloughed while job...

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Bristol’s ‘plane-of-the-future’ technology centre prepares for take-off

June 19, 2020
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Bristol’s ‘plane-of-the-future’ technology centre prepares for take-off

Engineering group GKN has taken possession of its new £32m aerospace technology centre in Bristol – a move that strengthens the city’s reputation as a world-leading centre for aerospace innovation. The 110,000 sq ft centre, pictured, at Filton will house 300 highly skilled engineers working in research and develop...

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Nearly ready for ignition: Bird’s-eye film shows Bristol’s world-class car engine research centre taking shape

June 18, 2020
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Nearly ready for ignition: Bird’s-eye film shows Bristol’s world-class car engine research centre taking shape

Drone footage of Bristol’s £70m global centre of excellence for ultra-low emission vehicles has been released as it nears its post-construction stage. The world-beating Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) is due to open next year on the Bristol & Bath Science Park at Emersons Green.  Owned by...

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Developer linked to huge Avonmouth industrial site ‘mulling Tesla electric car factory bid’

June 12, 2020
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Developer linked to huge Avonmouth industrial site ‘mulling Tesla electric car factory bid’

A Canadian development company has been linked with the acquisition of one of the largest industrial sites in the Bristol area – and could even make an audacious attempt to lure Elon Musk’s planned electric car ‘gigafactory’ there. The Epta Development Corporation (EDC) of Vancouver is reported to have exchanged...

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UWE launches £1m fund to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

June 12, 2020
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UWE launches £1m fund to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

Small and medium-sized businesses investing in digital innovation to address challenges arising from Covid-19 can access grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 under a new scheme started by UWE Bristol. The university’s £1m Digital Innovation Fund is aimed at helping firms ranging from start-ups and micro businesses to more...

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UK quarantine rules hitting Bristol’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

June 11, 2020
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UK quarantine rules hitting Bristol’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has joined bodies representing business, education and employment in urging the government to rethink its controversial quarantine rules for travellers arriving in the UK. In an open letter to the home, foreign and transport secretaries, Business West, UK Hospitality, Universities UK and...

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More growth in the pipeline for Viper Innovations as new managing director takes up post

June 11, 2020
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More growth in the pipeline for Viper Innovations as new managing director takes up post

Advanced engineering group Viper Innovations is poised for further expansion after appointing a new managing director. Edward Davies, pictured, joined the firm, recognised as one of the most innovative companies in the oil and gas subsea and rail transportation sectors, earlier this month.  He succeeds Neil Douglas who, along...

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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

June 9, 2020
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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

A new support programme has been set up to help Bristol firms whose employees’ mental health and wellbeing have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing £100,000 to develop Thrive West, which aims to address some of the key mental health...

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TLT role in pioneering modular homes scheme aimed at helpling tackle housing crisis

June 9, 2020
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TLT role in pioneering modular homes scheme aimed at helpling tackle housing crisis

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT has advised social housing provider Stonewater on its first modular project – a 120-home development in Herefordshire. Stonewater, which manages around 32,500 homes in an area stretching from the South West through the Midlands to Yorkshire, has teamed up with sustainable modular housing firm...

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