Advanced manufacturing

Give youth a chance plea to Bristol firms as skills shortages start to hit home

August 8, 2014
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Give youth a chance plea to Bristol firms as skills shortages start to hit home

Bristol firms are facing a looming skills crisis – yet there are thousands of young people desperate to work, new research warned this week The study by the Prince’s Trust and HSBC reveals that 69% of businesses across the South West believe a significant skills crisis will hit their...

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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts Bristol’s science park in the frame

August 8, 2014
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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts Bristol’s science park in the frame

Bristol & Bath Science Park, with its state-of-the-art innovation centre, has again been used as the setting for a film promoting advanced technology. It stars in a promotional film for the new Samsung Galaxy S5, which tells the story of a designer who uses the smartphone across Bristol in...

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Multi-million pound private sector support pledged for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital

August 8, 2014
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Multi-million pound private sector support pledged for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital

Transport operator FirstGroup and accountants KPMG have signed multi-million pound agreements to support Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in what was today described as among the largest private-sector sponsorships in the city’s history. The deals, a mixture of financial and value-in-kind support, make up the strongest private-sector commitment...

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Energy industry consultancy relocates Bristol office

August 1, 2014
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Energy industry consultancy relocates Bristol office

International provider of professional services to the resources and energy sectors WorleyParsons has relocated its Bristol office to position itself for further growth. The firm has taken just over 4,300 sq ft of recently-refurbished space on the second floor of the waterfront Bull Wharf office building on Redcliff Street....

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Iberia A350 order lifts Airbus and GKN after Emirates cancellation

August 1, 2014
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Iberia A350 order lifts Airbus and GKN after Emirates cancellation

Bristol aerospace giants Airbus and GKN received a boost today when British Airways group International Airlines Group (IAG) converted options to buy eight Airbus long-range A350-900 aircraft into firm orders for its Spanish airline Iberia. The airline becomes a new customer for the fast-selling A350 XWB (extra wide body),...

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Bristol Business Blog: Colin Skellett, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bristol Business Blog: Colin Skellett, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and...

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Bristol proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

July 25, 2014
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Bristol proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

A strong performance by Bristol in attracting business investment from overseas has helped the UK achieve the highest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, new figures show. There were 27 new investment projects by overseas companies in 2013/14 across the area covered by West...

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Alderley founder sings praises of UK’s mid-tier manufacturers at its 25th anniversary concert

July 18, 2014
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Alderley founder sings praises of UK’s mid-tier manufacturers at its 25th anniversary concert

Innovative advanced engineering group Alderley has celebrated its 25th anniversary with a concert and picnic for staff and supporters in the gardens of founder and chairman Tony Shepherd’s home. Mr Shepherd, a fervant supporter of UK manufacturing, formed the business in 1989 with a single workshop and Portacabins offices...

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Farnborough Airshow: Airbus lands £8bn potential order for its updated A330neo

July 16, 2014
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Farnborough Airshow: Airbus lands £8bn potential order for its updated A330neo

Airbus has landed another potential order for 50 of its revamped A330 wide-body airliner, taking commitments to buy the aircraft to 105 just a day after its official launch. Plans to build the fuel-efficient A330neo (new engine option) were unveiled by Airbus on Monday at the Farnborough Airshow. The...

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Farnborough Airshow: Bristol engineering innovation gives lift to Airbus’s updated A330 jetliner

July 14, 2014
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Farnborough Airshow: Bristol engineering innovation gives lift to Airbus’s updated A330 jetliner

Aerospace giant Airbus this week deployed world-leading wing technology developed in Bristol to launch a new, more fuel-efficient version of its dated A330 long-range aircraft. Engineers based at its Filton plant have already played key roles in designing innovative ‘winglets’ for Airbus’s all-new A350 mid-range jetliner and the highly-successful...

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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

July 7, 2014
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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, has welcomed the £86.2m of Government investment to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs in the area. But it said the city’s business community still needed to make sure future funding was secured under...

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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

July 7, 2014
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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

The Government has announced funding of £86.2m for the West of England under its Local Growth Deal. This money is for projects to start in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The key projects to benefit will be: Terabit West – £15m A world-first project to ensure that the West is positioned...

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West of England tops table for Govt investment with £86m boost to create thousands of jobs

July 7, 2014
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West of England tops table for Govt investment with £86m boost to create thousands of jobs

The Bristol and Bath area is to receive £86.2m of Government funding to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs. The amount is the highest in England and seven times that of London calculated by population size. Bosses at the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which will...

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