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Greener, cleaner ball bearings for food and drink industry launched by Bristol firm

February 22, 2019
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Greener, cleaner ball bearings for food and drink industry launched by Bristol firm

Bristol-based industrial parts distributor Antifriction is forecasting strong sales of a new range of greener and more energy-efficient ball bearings developed for food and drink manufacturers. The firm has signed a deal with Swedish multi-national SKF to stock the new Food Line range, which aims to improve health and safety by lowering the...

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Jobs at risk after administrators are called into Bristol pharmaceutical manufacturer

February 15, 2019
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Jobs at risk after administrators are called into Bristol pharmaceutical manufacturer

Administrators have been appointed at troubled Bristol-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Avara Avlon Pharma Services, putting a question mark over the jobs of all its 270 workers. The firm makes active pharmaceutical ingredients at a 100-acre site in Avonmouth, pictured, which was acquired by US-based Avara Pharmaceutical Services from UK drugs...

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Early-stage Bristol start-ups sought for tech firm’s relaunched Growth Accelerator Programme

February 15, 2019
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Early-stage Bristol start-ups sought for tech firm’s relaunched Growth Accelerator Programme

Bristol-based consultancy and tech company Techmodal has relaunched its Growth Accelerator Programme to invest and develop innovative ideas in the city’s start-up community.  The programme encourages individuals and pre and early-stage start-ups with an interest in tapping into the defence industry to pitch their ideas with a view to...

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Skilled jobs on the way as two global firms choose West of England to open new bases

February 15, 2019
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Skilled jobs on the way as two global firms choose West of England to open new bases

Two international industrial firms are to create around 130 highly-skilled jobs between them after selecting the West of England to expand their reach and plug into the region’s fast-growing energy sector. French group Boccard has opened a nuclear centre of excellence in Bristol, which will be home to around...

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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s top ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s top ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent...

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CBI warns post-Brexit immigration policies could stop West firms recruiting enough workers

February 12, 2019
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CBI warns post-Brexit immigration policies could stop West firms recruiting enough workers

Firms across the West of England could face “severe difficulties” in employing enough staff to stay in business if government post-Brexit plans to restrict overseas workers come into effect, according to the CBI. An immigration visa system now under consultation could prevent firms employing workers on salaries of less...

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‘Living laboratory’ plan for Bristol to become testbed for infrastructure innovation

February 8, 2019
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‘Living laboratory’ plan for Bristol to become testbed for infrastructure innovation

Bristol is to become a ‘living laboratory’ by harnessing the power of the city’s already strong cross-sector collaboration to speed up innovations in areas such as transport and infrastructure. It is to become home to the UKCRIC Bristol Collaboratory, which will establish Bristol as a testbed for new ideas. ...

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Stronger trade links on the menu at Bristol’s traditional Chinese New Year business banquet

February 6, 2019
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Stronger trade links on the menu at Bristol’s traditional Chinese New Year business banquet

Businesses will be able to celebrate the Chinese New Year and look ahead to building improved trade links with the country at the Bristol and West of England China Bureau’s annual banquet later this month. The gala on February 27 has become a key event in Bristol business calendar...

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UWE launches £1m scheme for Bristol small firms to plug into the power of robotics

February 1, 2019
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UWE launches £1m scheme for Bristol small firms to plug into the power of robotics

Small and medium-sized firms thinking of incorporating robotics and smart automation in their business have the opportunity to try out their ideas under a £1m scheme launched by UWE Bristol. The SABRE Programme, which is based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) on UWE’s Frenchay Campus, will link businesses...

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LEP vows to use search for new board members to address its gender imbalance

January 31, 2019
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LEP vows to use search for new board members to address its gender imbalance

The organisation tasked with helping shape the economic future of the West of England is hoping to attract more businesswomen to join its board to go some way to address its major gender imbalance. Out of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) 18 board members, just two...

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Coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards launched with two new categories

January 31, 2019
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Coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards launched with two new categories

Business leaders in Bristol are being encouraged to enter one of the region’s top award schemes for recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2019 champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region....

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Bristol business leaders warn of risk to thousands of city jobs if UK crashes out of EU without a deal

January 25, 2019
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Bristol business leaders warn of risk to thousands of city jobs if UK crashes out of EU without a deal

The jobs of thousands of Bristol workers could be lost if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, bosses and business leaders warned this week. In a video message released yesterday by French-German group Airbus – one of the city’s largest employers – its chief executive Tom Enders...

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More Phenomenal Women talks lined up following last year’s successful series launch

January 25, 2019
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More Phenomenal Women talks lined up following last year’s successful series launch

Two of Bristol’s most inspirational businesswomen are to take part in a new series of talks backed by UWE’s Business School and Business West and staged at one of the region’s top hotels. The Gainsborough Bath Spa launched its Phenomenal Women talks last year with the aim of celebrating,...

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