Advanced manufacturing

Former Rolls-Royce HR director takes up non-executive role at Renishaw

September 4, 2014
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Former Rolls-Royce HR director takes up non-executive role at Renishaw

West advanced engineering innovator Renishaw has appointed Rolls-Royce’s former group HR director Kath Durrant as a non-executive director with effect from January 1 next year. Ms Durrant, pictured, who has also worked for AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, sits as an advisory board member for the Lancaster University Management School. She...

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Manufacturing growth slows as concerns grow over weaker exports

September 1, 2014
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Manufacturing growth slows as concerns grow over weaker exports

Growth among West of England manufacturers has eased to more moderate and sustainable long-term levels, according to a survey published today – but exports are being hit by a combination of weakness in the eurozone and sterling’s strength. The latest quarterly Manufacturing Outlook survey from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation,...

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Bristol to play lead research role in pioneering 3D security and defence technology

August 29, 2014
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Bristol to play lead research role in pioneering 3D security and defence technology

Bristol’s position as an emerging centre for innovative 3D technology has been underpinned by new research to help surveillance systems identify suspicious objects or people easier. The Government-funded study, which aims to develop 3D imaging technology, forms a continuation of the link-up between UWE Bristol’s Centre for Machine Vision,...

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Indian expansion for Renishaw as it takes its pioneering 3D printing to new markets

August 27, 2014
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Indian expansion for Renishaw as it takes its pioneering 3D printing to new markets

West advanced engineering group Renishaw is to open a metal 3D printing centre at its factory in Pune, India, as it looks to build on its world-leading innovation in the fast-emerging manufacturing process. The investment was announced as part of a high-level trade delegation to India led by Deputy...

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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free...

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Boots retail contract for Bristol company bringing a touch of style to disabled parking permit wallets

August 22, 2014
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Boots retail contract for Bristol company bringing a touch of style to disabled parking permit wallets

Bristol-based Blue Badge Company, which made the world’s first stylish wallets for disabled parking permits, is to have its products stocked by Boots stores across the UK. The unique blue badge holder designs will be on the shelves of around 2,000 Boots outlets and on the retailer’s website. Blue...

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Bristol agency Brandon Hill lands contract to stage major UK space conference

August 20, 2014
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Bristol agency Brandon Hill lands contract to stage major UK space conference

Bristol-based events and communications agency Brandon Hill Communications has been appointed to stage the UK’s leading space industry event, the UK Space Conference 2015. The two-day event, held every second year, focuses on how the UK can make an impact in a global market which, according to estimates, could...

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Engineering group Alderley strengthens control systems business with new sales manager

August 19, 2014
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Engineering group Alderley strengthens control systems business with new sales manager

Spencer Linsell has been appointed sales manager at Alderley Systems, part of the Alderley group of specialist engineering companies. Spencer, pictured, brings with him a strong knowledge of integrated process and metering systems gained from working in the oil and gas industry for the past 10 years. In his...

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Imperial Tobacco’s sales suffer on tighter Russian anti-smoking laws and Middle East conflicts

August 19, 2014
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Imperial Tobacco’s sales suffer on tighter Russian anti-smoking laws and Middle East conflicts

Tighter regulations on smoking in Russia and continued violence in the Middle East combined to hit sales at Imperial Tobacco – but the Bristol-based global group said an emphasis on its key brands was paying off in the face of a shrinking worldwide market. The group, which has its...

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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

The Bristol office of BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Thames Valley and working with them to...

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Bristol’s tech innovators invited to enter contest to find UK’s wireless pioneers

August 18, 2014
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Bristol’s tech innovators invited to enter contest to find UK’s wireless pioneers

Businesses in Bristol’s world-leading mobile and microelectronics sector are being urged to enter a competition to find the most innovative new wireless technologies and business ventures. The annual Discovering Start-Ups contest is organised by SETsquared, the business incubator programme run from the University of Bristol’s Engine Shed, and Cambridge...

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Paper bag manufacturer’s relocation opens up site for redevelopment

August 15, 2014
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Paper bag manufacturer’s relocation opens up site for redevelopment

North Somerset-based AP Burt, one of the UK’s biggest paper bag manufacturers, is predicting growth after moving premises for the first time in 80 years. The firm has relocated to a 52,000 sq ft property at First Avenue, Portbury, leaving the factory in Harbour Road, Portishead, where it first...

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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

August 11, 2014
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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

Further evidence of an impending skills shortage among West firms that could threaten to derail the economic recovery has emerged from a report predicting the strongest jobs growth since 1998. The national survey by accountants BDO shows businesses’ hiring intentions rose sharply last month to surpass their pre-recession figure...

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