Advanced manufacturing

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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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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