Advanced manufacturing

Pledge to increase divi lifts Imperial Tobacco’s shares as it concentrates on top brands

February 14, 2014
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Pledge to increase divi lifts Imperial Tobacco’s shares as it concentrates on top brands

Shares in Bristol-based Imperial Tobacco, Europe’s second-largest tobacco company, rose strongly yesterday following a pledge that it will increase its next dividend to shareholders by at least 10%. The global group said concentrating on its 10 ‘growth brands’ was beginning to pay off. These brands, which include Lambert &...

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UWE launches £4m fund to boost innovation among West businesses

February 12, 2014
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UWE launches £4m fund to boost innovation among West businesses

Innovative West businesses working on pioneering research and development projects can apply for financial help through a £4m innovation fund launched today by the University of the West of England (UWE). Grants of between £25,000 and £150,000 will be available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as...

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New look for Imperial Tobacco’s team of directors as non-executive comes on board

February 10, 2014
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New look for Imperial Tobacco’s team of directors as non-executive comes on board

Bristol-based Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth-largest cigarette group, has appointed Kingfisher group finance director Karen Witts to its board as an independent non-executive director. She also joins its audit, remuneration and nominations committees. Karen Witts joined Kingfisher in 2012 from Vodafone where she was chief finance officer of the Africa,...

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Rapid economic growth forecast as business optimism reaches highest level for 22 years

February 10, 2014
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Rapid economic growth forecast as business optimism reaches highest level for 22 years

Optimism among UK businesses reached its highest level since 1992 in January, pointing to rapid economic growth over the coming six months, according to a major new survey today. Manufacturers are particularly upbeat about their prospects and the overall high confidence levels among businesses are likely to lead to...

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Royal visit will showcase Bristol’s pioneering work in robotics research

February 7, 2014
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Royal visit will showcase Bristol’s pioneering work in robotics research

Key innovations that are putting Bristol at the leading edge of global robotics research will be demonstrated to the Duke of York when he visits Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) on Monday. BRL is the UK’s leading and largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research and home to a vibrant...

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Chip giant Intel plugs Bristol into global network for high-performance computing

February 7, 2014
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Chip giant Intel plugs Bristol into global network for high-performance computing

Bristol’s reputation as an innovative centre for advanced computing has been strengthened by microchip giant Intel’s decision to select the University of Bristol as its first UK centre for parallel computing. The US tech group is establishing a network of Intel Parallel Computing Centers (IPCCs) across the world with...

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Profits fall at West engineering group Renishaw

January 30, 2014
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Profits fall at West engineering group Renishaw

Half-year profits at West advanced engineering group Renishaw plunged by 65% to £25.6m yesterday due to lower orders in the Far East. Revenue was also down from £174.2m to £164.0m. The Wotton-under-Edge-based group, one of the region’s most successful manufacturers, said the figures for the six months to December...

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Manufacturer gets on board for innovation with £250,000 laboratory

January 24, 2014
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Manufacturer gets on board for innovation with £250,000 laboratory

Plasterboard manufacturer and supplier Siniat has opened a £250,000 state-of-the-art laboratory at its flagship Portbury manufacturing plant. The lab – the latest step in a long-term vision to improving the site, formerly owned by Lafarge Plasterboard – provides a modern, high-spec environment for Siniat’s production, maintenance and quality assurance...

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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

January 24, 2014
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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

Accountants PwC have launched their annual search for the region’s best companies with the 2014 West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Previous winners of the awards, now in their 26th year, read like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected...

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GKN boosts aerospace apprenticeships at its Bristol plants

January 21, 2014
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GKN boosts aerospace apprenticeships at its Bristol plants

GKN Aerospace, the advanced engineering firm, is to increase its intake of apprentices as production is stepped up at its two major plants in Bristol. The firm, which produces wing parts for aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Lockheed Martin at the plants at Filton and Western Approach, Severnside,...

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Workshop will expore financing growth options for West’s expanding small manufacturers

January 17, 2014
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Workshop will expore financing growth options for West’s expanding small manufacturers

Owners and directors of small and medium-sized manufacturers are being invited to a free workshop in Bristol to gain expert advice on a range of financial issues. Staged by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) in partnership with business and financial advisors Grant Thornton, the event on January 28 will...

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Boeing lands double blow on Airbus as soaring orders and deliveries look set to give it No1 slot

January 10, 2014
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Boeing lands double blow on Airbus as soaring orders and deliveries look set to give it No1 slot

European aerospace giant Airbus could find itself in second place again behind US rival Boeing for aircraft deliveries and orders in 2013 when it releases its annual figures on Monday. Earlier this week Boeing revealed record deliveries and orders for last year, putting it on track to claim the...

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New Year’s Honours for Bristol business leaders

December 31, 2013
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New Year’s Honours for Bristol business leaders

Some of Bristol’s best-known business figures have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Peter Hargreaves, the co-founder of Bristol-based investment services provider Hargreaves Lansdown, has been awarded the CBE for services to business, innovation, financial services. Don Cameron, founder of Bristol-based Cameron Balloons and figurehead for the...

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