Advanced manufacturing

Industry and academia to explore closer collaboration at University of Bristol’s Festival of Enterprise

June 23, 2023
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Industry and academia to explore closer collaboration at University of Bristol’s Festival of Enterprise

Businesses will get the chance to join forces with researchers and academics from the University of Bristol at an event in the city next month. The Festival of Enterprise will bring together the city’s industry and academia to discuss how they can collaborate to meet business challenges and achieve...

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Business West urges action over interest rates as latest hike pushes Bristol firms ‘to the brink’

June 22, 2023
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The government and the Bank of England must do more to curb interest rates and lower inflation to avoid firms in Bristol being “pushed to the brink”, the area’s largest business organisation has said. Following the Bank’s decision yesterday to hike the base rate from 4.5% to 5% –...

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Business West celebrates 200 years of supporting the region’s businesses with new campaign

June 21, 2023
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Business West celebrates 200 years of supporting the region’s businesses with new campaign

Business West, one of the UK’s largest chambers of commerce, is celebrating 200 years of leading and supporting businesses with a campaign entitled 200 Years of Future Thinking. Marking two centuries since the Bristol-based Chamber of Commerce was founded, the campaign coincides with a new-look brand image, pictured, below,...

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Bristol’s top tech talent ready to compete for coveted award at showcase of city’s best start-ups

June 16, 2023
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Bristol’s top tech talent ready to compete for coveted award at showcase of city’s best start-ups

Sixteen cutting-edge Bristol start-ups will promote their innovative technologies to an audience of influential investors and business leaders at a special event later this month. Now in its 19th year, Tech-Xpo is the flagship pitch, demo and connect showcase for the University of Bristol’s acclaimed tech incubator SETsquared Bristol.  Eleven of the 16 companies are...

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BGF’s Bristol office backs industrial distributor in £15.5m deal with city advisors playing key roles

June 14, 2023
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BGF’s Bristol office backs industrial distributor in £15.5m deal with city advisors playing key roles

The Bristol office of growth finance group BGF has made a £15.5m investment in Troy UK, the country’s largest independent network for industrial and engineering supplies, with legal advice on the deal from the corporate team at Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon. Other Bristol professionals involved in the...

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Osborne Clarke Bristol team helps power-up major green hydrogen joint venture

June 14, 2023
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Osborne Clarke Bristol team helps power-up major green hydrogen joint venture

Lawyers in the Bristol office of international legal firm Osborne Clarke have advised on a major deal to develop green hydrogen projects in the UK as interest in the alternative fuel source continues its rapid growth. The team advised London-headquartered sustainability-led investor Foresight on its involvement in a new electrolytic...

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Funding for Bristol Uni spin-out behind carbon-saving coating for commercial greenhouses

June 9, 2023
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Funding for Bristol Uni spin-out behind carbon-saving coating for commercial greenhouses

A University of Bristol spin-out developing an innovative temperature-responsive coating for greenhouses has secured a £1.6m investment. By using advanced polymer chemistry, Albotherm has created a heat-sensitive material with the potential to boost food productivity in commercial greenhouses by up to 34%.  The firm’s innovative coating automatically adjusts how much...

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Swedish manufacturing group buys Bristol specialist electronics firm in deal put together by PKF

June 9, 2023
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Swedish manufacturing group buys Bristol specialist electronics firm in deal put together by PKF

A Bristol advanced electronics manufacturer whose products are used by the security, scientific, medical and avionics sectors has been acquired by an international buyer. Microwave Amps designs and manufactures a range of bespoke solid-state radio and microwave frequency amplifiers that are deployed on land and sea, in the air...

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Major new regional report says hydrogen can create thousands of jobs and drive sustainable growth

June 9, 2023
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Major new regional report says hydrogen can create thousands of jobs and drive sustainable growth

Up to 40,000 jobs could be created and a further 60,000 safeguarded across the West of England and South Wales if they embraced the hydrogen revolution, according to a major report unveiled today. It also suggested that between 16,000 and 21,000 kilo tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions could be...

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Festival of Sustainable Business Exhibition returns to guide firms on their environmental journey

June 8, 2023
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Festival of Sustainable Business Exhibition returns to guide firms on their environmental journey

Firms will be able to access the latest advice and guidance to enable them to become sustainable when the region’s largest annual environmental exhibition returns next week. Staged by Bristol specialist business hub Future Leap at Paintworks on Bath Road, the Festival of Sustainable Business Exhibition next Thursday, 15...

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Surveys point to weak business confidence as South West firms remain gloomiest in the UK

June 2, 2023
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Surveys point to weak business confidence as South West firms remain gloomiest in the UK

Confidence among South West firms remains the most fragile of any UK region, according to two new surveys, with weak economic growth and skills shortages among the biggest challenges. Business optimism in the region fell six percentage points during May according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank...

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Intellectual property group HLK recruits its first business development director

June 2, 2023
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Intellectual property group HLK recruits its first business development director

HLK, the Bristol-based global intellectual property (IP) services group, has appointed Matthew Evans as its first business development director. The group, which combines Haseltine Lake Kempner and Munich-headquartered HL Kempner Partnerschaft mbB, said the newly created position reinforced its strong ethos of quality and outstanding client service.  The group...

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Live webinar: Power to your Business – What you should know as you switch to solar

May 30, 2023
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Live webinar: Power to your Business – What you should know as you switch to solar

On-site renewable energy generation is helping thousands of businesses to reduce costs, become more sustainable and gain long term energy security. If you’re considering solar power but are not sure where to start, this free breakfast webinar is a chance to hear from those who have already made the...

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