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Digital engineering pioneer poised for strong growth after it lands ex-Airbus UK boss as chairman

July 12, 2019
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Digital engineering pioneer poised for strong growth after it lands ex-Airbus UK boss as chairman

Former Airbus UK managing director Prof Iain Gray has joined Bristol-based digital engineering specialists The Centre for Modelling & Simulation as chairman. Iain, pictured, is a highly respected figure in UK engineering, having also been chief executive of Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board, and Professor and Director...

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‘America made easy’ workshop aims to help Bristol firms break into lucrative US market

July 11, 2019
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‘America made easy’ workshop aims to help Bristol firms break into lucrative US market

A workshop promising a hassle-free way to get a business up and running in the US takes place in Bristol next week. Called Land & Expand in the US: America Made Easy, the event, on Thursday July 18, is aimed at ambitious businesses that have considered launching in the...

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Bristol Business News photo gallery: Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards

July 5, 2019
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The Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards celebrated best business practice, with the winners demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent in the region’s boardrooms. Winners ranged from the West of England’s largest bus operator to a recycling firm behind a state-of-the-art waste handling centre...

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Bristol’s innovation and talent earn it second place in table of UK’s best cities for business growth

June 28, 2019
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Bristol has been named as the UK’s second-best city outside London for business in league table that rates major urban centres on their appeal as places to run and grow knowledge-based companies. The ranking of 21 towns and cities, compiled for Management Today magazine, was topped by Manchester with...

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‘Best pitch’ award for Bristol biomed firm aiming to tackle problem of antibiotic resistance

June 21, 2019
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‘Best pitch’ award for Bristol biomed firm aiming to tackle problem of antibiotic resistance

Bristol biomedical tech firm Vitamica, which is transforming the way clinicians make decisions about antibiotics, has been crowned as the city’s best up-and-coming technology business. The firm, based in the Unit DX science lab, won the popular vote and was named ‘Best Elevator Pitch’ at SETsquared Bristol’s annual Tech-Xpo. ...

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Key milestone for centre that will put Bristol in driving seat to develop ultra-green car engines

June 14, 2019
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Key milestone for centre that will put Bristol in driving seat to develop ultra-green car engines

A £70m global centre of excellence for ultra-low emission vehicles on Bristol’s outskirts has reached another milestone with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by science minister Chris Skidmore. The he University of Bath’s Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) is due to open in 2021 on the...

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Brexit defence strategy continues to pay off for SCISYS as it hails strong order book

June 6, 2019
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Brexit defence strategy continues to pay off for SCISYS as it hails strong order book

Specialist IT group SCISYS has said its action to avoid the impact of Brexit on its European space business was continuing to pay off with a strong order book. The group, which has a base in Brislington, moved its parent company from the UK to Ireland last year to...

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Powerful business and civic delegation to build transatlantic ties on visit to US East Coast

May 31, 2019
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Powerful business and civic delegation to build transatlantic ties on visit to US East Coast

A high-powered delegation of business and civic leaders heads to the US this weekend to promote Bristol as a vibrant business, creative and cultural hub. Led by Mayor Marvin Rees and West of England Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, the seven-day trip will include high-profile meetings with business, civic and...

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Investment in Bristol biotech firm as it looks to take its innovative adhesives from lab to pilot trials

May 17, 2019
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Investment in Bristol biotech firm as it looks to take its innovative adhesives from lab to pilot trials

University of Bristol biotech spin-out Zentraxa is raising £500,000 to start full trials of its unique manufacturing process that produces biological adhesives for use in the healthcare sector. The firm, which has its roots in the university’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre, hopes to commercialise the produce, called Zentide.  It...

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Bristol bosses shortlisted for awards that champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs

May 17, 2019
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Bristol bosses shortlisted for awards that champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs

Five Bristol bosses are in the running for the region’s most prestigious awards for boardroom excellence and enterprise. The five – whose businesses range from the region’s largest bus operator to a family-owned recycling company – have been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors South West 2019 Director of...

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Thrings acts for steel stockholder as it moves into manufacturing with takeover of near neighbour

May 16, 2019
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Thrings acts for steel stockholder as it moves into manufacturing with takeover of near neighbour

The Bristol office of regional law firm Thrings has helped the UK’s largest independent pre-stressing steel stockholder and distributor buy a steel manufacturing business based less than a mile away. Megasteel, based just outside Malmesbury, Wiltshire, acquired Sweetnam & Bradley, based in the town, for an undisclosed sum. Both...

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‘Sort out Brexit’ plea to MPs by Chamber of Commerce as economy is helped by stockpiling

May 10, 2019
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‘Sort out Brexit’ plea to MPs by Chamber of Commerce as economy is helped by stockpiling

Bristol Chamber of Commerce has again called on Parliament to resolve Brexit and tackle the UK’s long-term economic challenges after figures out today showed that stockpiling by manufacturers ahead of the UK leaving the EU had helped boost growth. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the...

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Boost for Bristol’s science sector as UWE launches redeveloped and extended labs

May 10, 2019
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Boost for Bristol’s science sector as UWE launches redeveloped and extended labs

New and enhanced science laboratories at UWE Bristol have been officially opened following a £7m redevelopment project, better preparing students for work in the city’s growing science-related sectors. Known as the ‘Lab Zone’ and made up of a connected series of research labs and teaching spaces, pictured, the area...

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