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French engineering firm powers ahead after finding Bristol ideal base for Hinkley Point C work

September 27, 2019
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French engineering firm powers ahead after finding Bristol ideal base for Hinkley Point C work

International engineering, manufacturing and support firm Efinor has opened a new office in Bristol having grown tenfold since arriving in the city just two years ago. The French group has been working with EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant team near Bridgwater – one of a growing...

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Eco-producer acquired by Bristol kitchenware firm as war against single-use plastics heats up

September 27, 2019
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Eco-producer acquired by Bristol kitchenware firm as war against single-use plastics heats up

Bristol-based kitchenware supplier Horwood has bought an Australian eco-business as the hospitality market continues to look for alternatives to single-use plastic. EcoSouLife, based in Melbourne, produces disposable and reusable alternatives to plastic and foam housewares such as cups, mugs, bowls and lunchboxes out of agricultural waste.  Horwood, one of...

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Event: Drive for Success promises the ultimate guide to the business journey

September 27, 2019
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Event: Drive for Success promises the ultimate guide to the business journey

Firms will be able to get expert advice on a range of typical issues affecting growing businesses – ranging from finance to exporting , employing staff and finding premises – at an event in Bristol next month. Organisers of Drive for Success promises to provide businesses with the ultimate...

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TLT lawyers advise Avon Rubber on major US defence acquisition

September 27, 2019
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TLT lawyers advise Avon Rubber on major US defence acquisition

Cross-border transactional lawyers at Bristol-headquartered TLT have helped West of England manufacturing group Avon Rubber finance its £75m acquisition of US industrial group’s 3M’s personal ballistic protection business. Avon, which specialises in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) respiratory protection systems, said the deal would help deepen its long-standing...

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Paralympic snowboarding hopeful’s qualification chances lifted by Bristol 3D printing pioneers

September 27, 2019
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Paralympic snowboarding hopeful’s qualification chances lifted by Bristol 3D printing pioneers

Bristol digital engineering specialists The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is helping a former soldier realise his Paralympic dream after designing the world’s first 3D-printed snowboard bindings. Double above-the-knee (DAK) amputee Darren Swift – also known as Swifty – lost both his legs in an IED explosion in...

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Big leap forward for mid-air touch pioneer Ultrahaptics as it rebrands

September 23, 2019
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Big leap forward for mid-air touch pioneer Ultrahaptics as it rebrands

Ultrahaptics, the Bristol-based mid-air touch technology innovator, has rebranded as Ultraleap four months after combining with US firm Leap Motion. The two companies came together in May after working together for six years on their pioneering complementary technology.  While Ultrahaptics described the move as a ‘combination’, trade media reported that...

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Bristol finance and legal experts act for Welsh software firm on sale to Japanese group

September 20, 2019
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Bristol finance and legal experts act for Welsh software firm on sale to Japanese group

The Bristol offices of financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson and law firm Clarke Willmott have advised a Welsh specialist software firm on its major cross-border acquisition by a multi-billion dollar Japanese industrial group. Swansea-based RAP International specialises in risk assessment software used in high hazard industries by a client base comprising many...

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Topping out ceremony marks high point for UWE’s new engineering building

September 20, 2019
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Topping out ceremony marks high point for UWE’s new engineering building

UWE’s new multi-million pound engineering building has moved a step closer to completion with a ceremony to mark construction reaching its highest point. Due to be completed next summer, the landmark building is next to the £55m Bristol Business School – which opened last year – on the university’s...

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SCISYS takeover on course for completion as its half-year results show ‘solid’ performance

September 20, 2019
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SCISYS takeover on course for completion as its half-year results show ‘solid’ performance

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has a base in Bristol, expects its £79m acquisition by Canadian tech giant CGI to be completed before the end of this year it said as it revealed a 2% increase in half-year revenues. Directors at the Chippenham-headquartered group, which supplies innovative software and...

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Bristol Chamber of Commerce signs global pact to “take bold action” over climate change

September 20, 2019
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Bristol Chamber of Commerce signs global pact to “take bold action” over climate change

The organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with more than 450 chambers across the world to sign up to an international agreement to tackle climate change. Business West, which also runs the Bristol Initiative, said its commitment to the International Chambers of Commerce Chambers Climate Coalition...

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Smith & Williamson to host R&D and Patent Box event in Bristol

September 18, 2019
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Smith & Williamson to host R&D and Patent Box event in Bristol

Research and development tax credits and the Patent Box regime will come under the microscope at an event in Bristol next month hosted by the city office of financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson. The event, called Patent Protection and Tax Incentives for Companies, is aimed at finance...

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IoD Bristol event will explore harnessing the power of technology to boost business

September 13, 2019
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IoD Bristol event will explore harnessing the power of technology to boost business

Business experts from Bristol and around the UK are to speak at an event organised by the Institute of Directors to help companies embrace new technologies to increase productivity and creativity. The IoD South West Connected Business event takes place at UWE Bristol. The half-day conference will tackle issues...

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British Chambers award shortlisting for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

September 12, 2019
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British Chambers award shortlisting for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

A pioneering campaign aimed at helping businesses across the West of England prepare for life after Brexit is in the running for a top national award. Trading Through Brexit (TTB) was launched in October last year by Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind Bristol...

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