Advanced manufacturing

£0.5m Innovation 4 Growth funding available for Bristol firms’ R&D projects

June 19, 2018
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£0.5m Innovation 4 Growth funding available for Bristol firms’ R&D projects

Innovative small and medium-sized Bristol firms can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 to carry out research and development following the relaunch of an established funding programme. Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) funding totalling £500,000 is available to businesses from across the West of England in all sectors...

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Bristol ahead of the game with first European trade certificate to harness Blockchain technology

June 15, 2018
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Bristol ahead of the game with first European trade certificate to harness Blockchain technology

The first European Certificate of Origin to be processed with Blockchain technology has taken place using expertise from Bristol – potentially giving the city a head start in a global market expected to be worth $20bn within six years. The request was submitted by South Gloucestershire global engineering group...

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School students invited to get on board and explore engineering at free SS Great Britain event

June 15, 2018
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School students invited to get on board and explore engineering at free SS Great Britain event

An exclusive hands-on science and engineering event aimed at secondary school students and their families is being staged by Brunel’s SS Great Britain next Tuesday. Called Explore Engineering, the free drop-in event is open to all, but is particularly aimed at providing a space for secondary school girls to...

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Bristol Rolls-Royce jobs under threat as aero-engine maker confirms 4,600 redundancies

June 14, 2018
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Bristol Rolls-Royce jobs under threat as aero-engine maker confirms 4,600 redundancies

Aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce yesterday confirmed that workers based at its major Bristol plant will be among the 4,600 to lose their jobs over the next two years. In what the engineering giant described as a “fundamental restructuring”, 3,000 mainly middle-management and administrative posts will be shed by mid-2020 from...

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Bristol directors in running for region’s top awards for boardroom excellence

June 8, 2018
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Bristol directors in running for region’s top awards for boardroom excellence

Eight Bristol directors will go head to head with some of the South West’s top bosses next week in one of the region’s most prestigious business award schemes. The eight are among the finalists in this year’s South West Director of the Year Awards.  The coveted awards will be presented...

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Happiest Workplace Awards give enlightened Bristol firms reasons to be cheerful

June 8, 2018
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Happiest Workplace Awards give enlightened Bristol firms reasons to be cheerful

Bristol firms that go the extra mile to ensure their staff are cheerful and fulfilled are being invited to enter the annual South West Happiest Workplace Competition.   The brainchild of Bristol-based workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the contest has successfully championed enlightened businesses since it was launched...

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Butcombe Brewery expansion gathers pace with pair of senior appointments

June 1, 2018
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Butcombe Brewery expansion gathers pace with pair of senior appointments

Two experienced senior managers have been appointed by Butcombe Brewery to support its continued expansion. John Breading has been appointed as UK sales director at the firm, based at Wrington, near Bristol, while Phil Rowsell joins as operations manager at its recently opened 54,000 sq ft distribution centre in...

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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

May 22, 2018
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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

The managing director of the West of England’s largest business group this week joined more than 50 other chamber of commerce leaders to urge the Prime Minister to take radical action and ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the UK economy. Phil Smith from Business West – the organisation behind Bristol...

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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

May 18, 2018
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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. The fund, which opened today, will help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK access discounted lending and...

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Hat-trick of architecture awards for pioneering Bristol buildings

May 18, 2018
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Hat-trick of architecture awards for pioneering Bristol buildings

Two iconic modern Bristol buildings and a new social housing scheme in the city have won major architectural awards. Aerospace Bristol, the showpiece aviation museum which opened last October and houses Concorde, landed the highly acclaimed South West Project of the Year accolade at the RICS South West Awards...

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University of Bristol aims to power new generation of high-growth companies

May 18, 2018
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University of Bristol aims to power new generation of high-growth companies

A programme to enable some of the UK’s best tech scale-up companies become the sector giants of tomorrow has been launched by the University of Bristol The programme, part of a national project, is supported by £5m of government money through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund. It will enable...

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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Bristol to advise firms on all things Brexit

May 18, 2018
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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Bristol to advise firms on all things Brexit

Bristol businesses are to be helped prepare for the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring when an Export for Growth roadshow arrives in the city later this month. The day-long Trade Horizons event is one of four being staged across the South West by Business West – the...

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Double vision for drinks group as new multi-million pound brewery increases capacity

May 18, 2018
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Double vision for drinks group as new multi-million pound brewery increases capacity

The South West’s most technologically advanced brewery has been officially opened on the outskirts of Bristol following a multi-million pound investment by drinks and pub group St Austell. Bath Ales’ new state-of-the-art Hare Brewery at Warmley will double its capacity and open up the possibility of a wider range of beers.  The...

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