Advanced manufacturing

Altran opens second Bristol office as it develops centre of excellence for advanced engineering

July 4, 2014
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Altran opens second Bristol office as it develops centre of excellence for advanced engineering

High-value engineering firm Altran UK has opened a second office in Bristol to expand its support to major aerospace and defence companies across the South West and create a centre of excellence for innovation. The firm operates in key areas such as advanced systems, aerostructures, propulsion, aerodynamics, product lifecycle management...

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Bristol’s world-leading aerospace strength to be highlighted at Farnborough Airshow

July 4, 2014
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Bristol’s world-leading aerospace strength to be highlighted at Farnborough Airshow

Bristol’s aerospace sector is to be showcased to a global audience at the Farnborough International Airshow – the world’s largest gathering of decision-makers from the industry. The city sits at the heart of the largest aerospace cluster in Europe with major manufacturers such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GKN Aerospace...

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£16.5m hi-tech enterprise zone to be set up at UWE Bristol

July 3, 2014
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£16.5m hi-tech enterprise zone to be set up at UWE Bristol

Bristol has been named as the location for one of the UK’s first four University Enterprise Zones to help the next generation of hi-tech companies set up and expand. The Enterprise Zone, which is expected to create more than 500 jobs and generate £50m for the local economy, will...

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European number one ranking for Bristol innovation hub SETsquared

June 24, 2014
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European number one ranking for Bristol innovation hub SETsquared

SETsquared, the centre for innovative part run by the University of Bristol, has been named as the top university business incubator in Europe and second best in the world. In a ranking published by the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index, SETsquared, whose Bristol base is at the Engine Shed...

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UK’s first Export Fair will showcase overseas trading opportunities for Bristol businesses

June 20, 2014
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UK’s first Export Fair will showcase overseas trading opportunities for Bristol businesses

West firms are being urged to visit the UK’s first Export Fair, which is being staged in Bristol next week, as a first step to doing business abroad. Organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Business West, the Export Fair supports the recent International Festival of Business, which...

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Govt. pledges to invest further £200m in high-growth businesses

June 19, 2014
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Govt. pledges to invest further £200m in high-growth businesses

Ambitious West businesses are being invited to bid for a share of a £200m investment pot – the latest phase of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). Firms applying for round six of the RGF, launched this week by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will be following in the...

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Strong employment growth triggers prospect of new skills shortages

June 16, 2014
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Strong employment growth triggers prospect of new skills shortages

The number of businesses expecting to recruit more staff has almost returned to the pre-recession levels of 2007 new figures released this week show. But while the data is welcome news for job seekers, some business analysts are warning that it could signal looming skills shortages. The latest Business...

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Mulberry vows to halt profits slide with range of ‘cheaper’ handbags

June 12, 2014
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Mulberry vows to halt profits slide with range of ‘cheaper’ handbags

West-based luxury brand Mulberry, best known for its £1,000-plus handbags, has promised to launch new products with slightly cheaper price tags after revealing that profits nearly halved in its last financial year. Chairman Godfrey Davis, who is leading a restructuring of the business to restore growth, said it had...

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Bristol bosses go head-to-head this evening in coveted SW Institute of Directors awards

June 12, 2014
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Seven directors running businesses based in and around Bristol will this evening find out if they have been successful in the prestigious South West Institute of Directors (IoD) awards. Competing for the awards, which celebrate excellence in the boardroom, are Nick Sturge, co-founder of the enterprise hub The Engine...

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China’s Huawei to set up £125m R&D centre in Bristol as part of massive UK expansion

June 11, 2014
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China’s Huawei to set up £125m R&D centre in Bristol as part of massive UK expansion

Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is to open a research and development base in Bristol, it revealed this week. The centre, part of its UK Innovation Programme, will initially recruit 30 high-calibre R&D employees and have a primary focus on researching ICT chips, software, and the analog chip technology...

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Blow to Airbus and GKN as Emirates cancels order for 70 aircraft

June 11, 2014
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Blow to Airbus and GKN as Emirates cancels order for 70 aircraft

Bristol aerospace giants Airbus and GKN could face disruption to production schedules after airline Emirates cancelled an order for 70 of Airbus’s new A350 mid-range aircraft. The move, which followed a review of its fleet by the Gulf airline, has dealt an unexpected blow to Airbus and its A350...

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Imperial Tobacco to offload Spanish logistics arm

June 10, 2014
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Imperial Tobacco to offload Spanish logistics arm

Bristol-based Imperial Tobacco has confirmed it plans to float off its Spanish distribution business Logista. Madrid-based Logista distributes Imperial’s cigarettes along with other those of rivals and other consumer products across Southern Europe. Last year it recorded revenue of £8.3bn and an adjusted operating profit of £176m. In February...

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Bristol punches above its weight in UK inward investment league table

June 9, 2014
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Bristol punches above its weight in UK inward investment league table

Bristol is one of the UK’s most successful cities for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and is helping the South West outperform most other regions in a highly-competitive market, according to new research published today. Bristol is ranked sixth in a list of leading UK cities in global accountants...

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