Creative/Media

$8m funding for cyber security innovator using gaming techniques to fight real-life attacks

January 18, 2019
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$8m funding for cyber security innovator using gaming techniques to fight real-life attacks

Immersive Labs, the Bristol cyber security firm founded by a former GCHQ researcher, has raised $8m (£6.2m) to further develop its innovative training system that uses computer game techniques to fight real-life threats. The skills platform, which is already used for complex cyber security training by clients such as engineering...

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Immediate past success presents Future Space tech hub with bright outlook

January 18, 2019
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Immediate past success presents Future Space tech hub with bright outlook

Future Space, the science and tech hub at UWE’s Frenchay Campus, generated nearly £5m during its successful second year in operation, according to its latest annual review. The centre, which is managed by Oxford Innovation, had an occupancy rate of 69% – significantly higher than the original business plan...

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Flexible approach to work culture pays off for ‘double specialism’ consultancy

January 18, 2019
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Flexible approach to work culture pays off for ‘double specialism’ consultancy

Flexible employment consultants Kristal McNamara and Shelley Snelson, who set up in business less than two years ago, have doubled staff numbers and moved into new offices after quadrupling year-on-year turnover. Their Bristol-based firm Flexology has a double specialism – consulting with businesses to develop a flexible working culture...

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Chance for businesses to have their say on the future of public transport in the West of England

January 18, 2019
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Chance for businesses to have their say on the future of public transport in the West of England

Priorities for easing traffic congestion in Bristol and across the West of England to support economic growth will come under scrutiny at a major conference next week. The West of England Public Transport Summit & Debate aims to influence thinking on the issue – one of the most pressing...

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MEET South West announces full line-up of inspirational speakers

January 18, 2019
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MEET South West announces full line-up of inspirational speakers

The full speaker line-up for MEET South West, the region’s first dedicated exhibition and conference showcase, has been revealed, promising insight from a diverse range of event industry figures. The event, at We The Curious in Bristol on January 30, brings together 13 speakers across three stages offering authoritative...

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Engine Shed seeking new tenant after StartUp Accelerator scales up and departs its Arrival Lounge

January 18, 2019
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Engine Shed seeking new tenant after StartUp Accelerator scales up and departs its Arrival Lounge

Bristol enterprise hub Engine Shed is looking for a new occupier for its Arrivals Lounge after another tenant has outgrown it. The 600 sq ft office space, which leads off Engine Shed’s Members’ Lounge, pictured, will be available from February 7 on competitive and flexible terms. It has room...

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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

January 16, 2019
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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

The “overriding priority” for both the government and Parliament must be to avoid a no deal Brexit following the overwhelming defeat of the Prime Minister’s deal, the region’s largest business organisation said this week. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said firms in the region now found...

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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

January 14, 2019
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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

Nearly 40% of West of England business owners back a second Brexit referendum while just one in 10 is confident the government will secure a good deal for the UK, according to the region’s largest business survey. Worryingly, more than 40% of the senior managers and directors taking part...

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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

January 14, 2019
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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

An innovative scheme encouraging and supporting Bristol scale-up businesses has been praised by industry experts as a role model for other parts of the country. The ScaleUp Institute, a company which aims to make the UK the best place in the world to develop a thriving business, said the...

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Help for Bristol businesses looking to develop a more diverse workforce

January 11, 2019
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Help for Bristol businesses looking to develop a more diverse workforce

Bristol businesses looking to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforce as well as their attractiveness to diverse and younger markets can get help through a new training course developed by city-based youth empowerment organisation Babbasa. Called Bridging the Gap, Babbasa’s professional development programme, harnesses its research and...

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St George’s promises music lovers taste of excellence as it opens new café bar

January 11, 2019
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St George’s promises music lovers taste of excellence as it opens new café bar

Music venue St George’s Bristol will officially launch its daytime café bar menu next Wednesday as it continues to develop its offering following the opening of its showpiece £6.3m extension last year. The café bar, on the ground floor of the extension, gives visitors the chance to view the...

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£4.7m investment hands Bristol bionic arm pioneer opportunity to enter global market

January 11, 2019
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£4.7m investment hands Bristol bionic arm pioneer opportunity to enter global market

Bristol robotics firm Open Bionics, which makes innovative hi-tech prosthetic limbs for amputees, has raised £4.7m to help it become a global player.  The firm, founded four years ago by CEO Joel Gibbard and COO Samantha Payne, pictured, and based at UWE’s Future Space innovation hub, secured the funding...

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CBI leader urges government to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to Bristol

January 11, 2019
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CBI leader urges government to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to Bristol

The director-general of the CBI used a speech in Bristol today to warn that a no deal Brexit would hit the South West’s manufacturing and services industries hard as well as scuppering vital export deals. Addressing a gathering of senior business figures at Bristol Old Vic, Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured,...

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