Advanced manufacturing

Commercial aerospace wing work at GKN’s Bristol plants help overcome dip in defence orders

February 25, 2014
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Commercial aerospace wing work at GKN’s Bristol plants help overcome dip in defence orders

Continued growth in commercial aerospace, including at its Bristol bases, offset a decline in work on military aircraft projects last year at engineering giant GKN. The group, which produces wing sections at Filton and Avonmouth, today reported a 15% fall in annual pre-tax profits to £484m on sales up...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Bristol businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada to explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Redcliffe Hill, on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest...

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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bristol’s micro-chip innovation

February 21, 2014
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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bristol’s micro-chip innovation

Bristol’s world-class expertise in micro-electronics is to play a crucial role in the recently-announced Smart Cities Trade Mission to China later this year. Bristol boasts the world’s second-largest cluster of micro-chip design expertise outside of California’s Silicon Valley. Many of its leading-edge firms have become global players in the...

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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

February 21, 2014
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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

West firms of all sizes are being urged to enter their directors in the region’s top award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 celebrate the achievements of the region’s outstanding business people and their contribution to the its...

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How we lead in fostering student innovation: UWE vice-chancellor to speak on high-profile panel

February 21, 2014
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How we lead in fostering student innovation: UWE vice-chancellor to speak on high-profile panel

UWE vice-chancellor Professor Steve West has been selected to take part in a panel debate on how best to foster student innovation and entrepreneurship. Chaired by Guardian Universities editor Judy Friedberg at The Guardian University Forum 2014, the panel will consider the role universities play in nurturing student entrepreneurship...

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China trade mission will showcase Bristol’s green, tech and creative innovation

February 14, 2014
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China trade mission will showcase Bristol’s green, tech and creative innovation

Bristol’s innovation in the green, hi-tech and creative industries is to be championed in China through a unique trade mission which aims to open up valuable new markets for businesses in these key sectors. Taking the ‘Smart Cities’ concept as its theme, the November visit will give 10 Bristol...

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Plea to firms to help bridge Bristol’s skills gap by working with college

February 14, 2014
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Plea to firms to help bridge Bristol’s skills gap by working with college

Firms have been urged to get involved in City of Bristol College’s new Partners in Business network to strengthen the city’s skills base and boost its economy. Launched on Tuesday to an audience of business leaders and company representatives, the network aims to help organisations improve performance, develop programmes,...

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Royal seal of approval for Bristol’s tech innovation as Duke of York visits

February 14, 2014
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Royal seal of approval for Bristol’s tech innovation as Duke of York visits

Bristol’s emerging role as a national crucible for tech innovation received royal approval this week when the Duke of York visited the city. The Duke, who has a keen interest in technology and knowledge transfer, met fledging and established tech companies on Monday when he toured Bristol’s recently-opened Engine...

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More growth in pipeline for pump and motor specialist after it takes over Somerset firm

February 14, 2014
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More growth in pipeline for pump and motor specialist after it takes over Somerset firm

Bristol-based specialist engineering firm Mawdsleys BER is to expand further into the South West after acquiring a Somerset business. Mawdsleys BER, which has made and serviced electric motors, generators and pumps in St Philips since 2001, will use the Chard base of Somerset Pumps to extend its services into Devon,...

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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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