Advanced manufacturing

Unique chance for anyone working in automation to take part in pioneering creative tech project

January 3, 2019
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Unique chance for anyone working in automation to take part in pioneering creative tech project

A groundbreaking project supporting the expansion of creative technology in the West of England is seeking people working in the field of automation to apply for one of 24 paid fellowships. The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN), a £6.5m government-backed initiative led by UWE Bristol in partnership with...

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Leading European additive manufacturing industry role for Renishaw manager

January 3, 2019
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Leading European additive manufacturing industry role for Renishaw manager

A senior manager at South Gloucestershire-based global engineering group Renishaw is playing a key role in shaping the future of Europe’s advanced manufacturing industry after being appointed to chair a new committee. Stewart Lane, pictured, is leading the Additive Manufacturing (AM) committee of CECIMO, the European trade body representing...

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SCISYS says Brexit-driven HQ move has paid off as it lands EU-funded space contracts

January 2, 2019
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SCISYS says Brexit-driven HQ move has paid off as it lands EU-funded space contracts

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which last year moved its parent company from the UK to Ireland to protect EU-funded work, has ended 2018 and started 2019 by winning four multi-million pound contracts. The group, which has a base in Bristol and whose expertise spans transport, defence, media and space,...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Bristol Business News

December 21, 2018
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Bristol Business News

Bristol Business News wishes its readers, subscribers and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. We will continue to provide the city’s most authoritative business news, information and analysis throughout the festive period. Our next Bristol Business News e-bulletin will be published on Friday,...

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Bristol Initiative marks 30 years with look back at its achievements – and look ahead at new challenges

December 21, 2018
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Bristol Initiative marks 30 years with look back at its achievements – and look ahead at new challenges

More than 150 business, community and civic leaders gathered to celebrate 30 years of the Bristol, Bath and West of England Initiative and hear how it has helped shape the region’s economic and cultural landscape over three decades. The Initiative, which sits at the heart of Business West, was...

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Bristol’s Bloodhound supersonic car project rescued by entrepreneur

December 17, 2018
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Bristol’s Bloodhound supersonic car project rescued by entrepreneur

A Yorkshire-based entrepreneur has stepped in to save Bristol’s Bloodhound supersonic car project days after it was axed by administrators. Ian Warhurst, owner of Barnsley car parts firm Melett, has bought the assets and business of the Avonmouth-based project – which had hoped to set a world land vehicle...

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New IoD South West chair prepares for challenging – and ‘exciting’ – time for the region’s businesses

December 14, 2018
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New IoD South West chair prepares for challenging – and ‘exciting’ – time for the region’s businesses

The Institute of Directors has appointed former Ministry of Defence senior project manager Muir Macdonald as its next South West regional chair. Muir, who was also managing director of Bath-based BMT Defence Services, takes over in January from Nick Sturge, director of Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub, who is stepping down...

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Brexit uncertainty continues to drag down small business confidence in the South West

December 14, 2018
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Brexit uncertainty continues to drag down small business confidence in the South West

Confidence among the South West’s small firms has fallen once again and is now significantly below the national average, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reflects a level of SME pessimism among members across the region not seen since...

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Bristol law firms help steer investment deal for pioneering carbon hybrid car wheel maker

December 14, 2018
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Bristol law firms help steer investment deal for pioneering carbon hybrid car wheel maker

The Bristol offices of law firms TLT and Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) have advised on a multi-million pound deal that will drive innovation and create jobs at a West of England car and motorbike wheel manufacturer. London-based Puma Investments is injecting £3.6m of private equity into Dymag, a pioneering...

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‘Utter dismay’ among Bristol bosses at latest Brexit delay, says Business West

December 11, 2018
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‘Utter dismay’ among Bristol bosses at latest Brexit delay, says Business West

Company bosses from Bristol and across the West of England are “intensely frustrated” with the latest delay affecting Brexit, according to the region’s largest business organisation. Business West – which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative – said time was now running out for a managed...

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£32m global technology centre will keep Bristol at leading edge of aerospace industry

December 7, 2018
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£32m global technology centre will keep Bristol at leading edge of aerospace industry

Bristol’s standing as a world-leading centre for aerospace innovation has been given a multi-million pound boost with plans to open a global technology centre for the industry at Filton. Engineering giant GKN, which already employs around 2,000 people at plants in Filton and Avonmouth, is to co-fund the centre...

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End of the road for Bristol’s Bloodhound supersonic car project as administrators pull plug

December 7, 2018
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End of the road for Bristol’s Bloodhound supersonic car project as administrators pull plug

Bristol’s Bloodhound supersonic car project – which had hoped to set a world land vehicle record of 1,000mph – has been axed after hitting a cash crisis. Administrators for the firm behind the Avonmouth-based project, Bloodhound Programme, today effectively pulled the plug on the bid after failing to secure...

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UWE, NatWest and Foot Anstey team up to launch funding and support scheme for scale-ups

November 23, 2018
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UWE, NatWest and Foot Anstey team up to launch funding and support scheme for scale-ups

West of England businesses with ambitious growth plans will be able to get grant funding and relevant, high-quality support and training under a new programme launched by UWE Bristol, NatWest and regional law firm Foot Anstey. S4G (Scale Up 4 Growth) is open to businesses in any sector that...

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