Advanced manufacturing

Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

March 6, 2020
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Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

With less than a month to go until nominations close, Bristol directors are being urged to enter one of the South West’s top award schemes recognising excellence and enterprise. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion the region’s outstanding leaders...

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Korea opportunities knock for Bristol’s advanced manufacturing businesses

March 5, 2020
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Korea opportunities knock for Bristol’s advanced manufacturing businesses

Bristol’s innovative manufacturing firms are being invited to take part in a trade mission to South Korea to explore collaborating with some of the country’s most pioneering businesses. Part of the government’s Global Business Innovation Programme, the mission will bring together small cohorts of innovative UK small and medium-sized...

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Brexit clarity lifts gloom for South West manufacturers with sales and profits expected to bounce back

February 25, 2020
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Brexit clarity lifts gloom for South West manufacturers with sales and profits expected to bounce back

Confidence among the South West’s small and medium-sized manufacturers has bounced back following the breaking of the Brexit impasse, according to a new survey. While the sector ended 2019 by enduring its toughest quarter in a decade – with the worst reduction in sales, profits and staff numbers since...

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Bristol to become testbed for using 5G to improve UK manufacturing

February 24, 2020
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Bristol to become testbed for using 5G to improve UK manufacturing

Bristol-based tech firm Zeetta Networks is to lead a consortium working on a £9m project to revolutionise UK manufacturing by harnessing the power of 5G. The 11-strong consortium, which also includes the University of Bristol, its National Composites Centre (NCC) and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), is...

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National Composite Centre in project to help propel air travel to a more sustainable destination

February 21, 2020
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National Composite Centre in project to help propel air travel to a more sustainable destination

A pioneering £20m project to develop lightweight propeller blades that will help the UK aviation sector cut its carbon footprint and reduce noise at airports is being supported by Bristol’s National Composites Centre (NCC). The NCC, on the Bristol & Bath Science Park, is part of an industry-led consortium...

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Chinese New Year civic banquet serves as reminder of solidarity with China over impact of coronavirus

February 21, 2020
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Chinese New Year civic banquet serves as reminder of solidarity with China over impact of coronavirus

Bristol business and civic leaders have used the city’s annual Chinese New Year banquet to express solidarity with China and its people as they deal with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The event, hosted by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau to celebrate the start of...

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Inaugural ‘Region of the Year’ title landed by Federation of Small Businesses in the South West

February 19, 2020
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Inaugural ‘Region of the Year’ title landed by Federation of Small Businesses in the South West

The South West branch of the by Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has been named as the organisation’s best and most effective in the UK in recognition of its lobbying and member engagement. The region, which stretches from Gloucestershire to Cornwall – and the team behind it – were presented...

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High-growth semiconductor firm choses Bristol as base for new design centre

February 14, 2020
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High-growth semiconductor firm choses Bristol as base for new design centre

One of the world’s leading semiconductor companies is to open a design office in Bristol in a further boost to the city’s reputation as a leading tech hub. Moortec, which has its head office in Plymouth, makes in-chip monitoring technology – a rapidly growing segment of the semiconductor industry...

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Manufacturing of Rolls-Royce’s pioneering Bristol-made engine blades gets off the ground

February 14, 2020
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Manufacturing of Rolls-Royce’s pioneering Bristol-made engine blades gets off the ground

Engineers at Rolls-Royce’s Bristol plant have started to make the world’s largest fan blades for the next generation of low-emission aero-engines. As a set, the composite blades have a diameter of 140 inches – almost the size of a narrow -body aircraft fuselage.  They are being manufactured in the...

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Plea to new Chancellor from the CBI: Use your first Budget to ‘power-up’ the South West

February 14, 2020
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Plea to new Chancellor from the CBI: Use your first Budget to ‘power-up’ the South West

The CBI has urged the Chancellor to take bold action on skills, innovation and infrastructure in his Budget to ‘power-up’ the South West’s economy. The seven-point plea was made before Sajid Javid resigned as Chancellor and was replaced by Rishi Sunak – throwing into doubt whether the Budget will...

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City centre UX lab opens to keep Bristol’s tech developers at the leading edge

February 7, 2020
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City centre UX lab opens to keep Bristol’s tech developers at the leading edge

Product and service developers working in Bristol’s fast-growing tech sector can now test their prototypes in a new city centre user research and user experience (UX) lab. Opened by Bristol UX and service design specialists Mace & Menter, the lab, pictured, forms part of the firm’s studio in the...

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Chance to learn about trade opportunities in growing Latin American and Caribbean markets

February 5, 2020
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Chance to learn about trade opportunities in growing Latin American and Caribbean markets

South West firms looking to explore export opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean will be able to find out about support from the Department for International Trade (DIT) at an event next month. The DIT’s national LatAC Roadshow arrives in the region on March 12 when experts will...

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New centre director promises next phase of growth for Bristol’s Future Space hub

February 4, 2020
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New centre director promises next phase of growth for Bristol’s Future Space hub

Bristol science and tech hub Future Space has appointed Laura Crocken Stevens as its new centre director. Laura, pictured, takes up the post after eight months as innovation director the innovation centre on UWE’s Frenchay Campus, which is home to 50 science and technology businesses.  She replaces Marty Reid,...

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