Technology

Business groups urge Johnson to continue Brexit talks as he tells them to ‘prepare for a no-deal’

October 16, 2020
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Business groups urge Johnson to continue Brexit talks as he tells them to ‘prepare for a no-deal’

Firms will ‘despair’ over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s comments today that they should prepare for a no-deal Brexit, the region’s biggest business organisation said. Describing the move as “another period of political theatre”, Business West managing director Phil Smith, pictured, said firms across the West of England were already...

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Region’s creativity and diversity to be harnessed in £100m post-Covid bounce back plan

October 16, 2020
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Region’s creativity and diversity to be harnessed in £100m post-Covid bounce back plan

More than £100m is to be spent on ambitious plans that use the West of England’s creativity and diversity to protect and secure jobs while building back greener and creating opportunities for all residents. The plan has been drawn up by the region’s Recovery Taskforce, which brings together businesses,...

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MoD enlists Bristol defence firm to help counter hostile ‘information attacks’ on UK

October 16, 2020
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MoD enlists Bristol defence firm to help counter hostile ‘information attacks’ on UK

Bristol-based specialist defence management consultancy Warner McCall has won a £2.8m, two-year contract with the Ministry of Defence to work on a campaign to protect the UK from ‘information attack’. With adversaries already using information as an effective weapon, the MoD’s Directorate of Joint Warfare Information Advantage Change Campaign (IACC) was set...

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Queen’s Birthday Honours for founders of pioneering Bristol bionic limb firm

October 16, 2020
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Queen’s Birthday Honours for founders of pioneering Bristol bionic limb firm

The co-founders of Bristol tech firm Open Bionics, which makes innovative hi-tech prosthetic limbs for amputees, have been honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List. CEO Samantha Payne and COO Joel Gibbard, pictured, who founded the company four years ago, were recognised for services to international trade and...

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New MD at Bristol IT services firm targets five-year expansion

October 15, 2020
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New MD at Bristol IT services firm targets five-year expansion

Bristol-based IT services firm Chorus has embarked on an ambitious five-year growth plan after appointing a new managing director. Nicola Saner, pictured, has moved into the role after two years as operations director at the firm. She will now leading the executive team as it looks to implement its five-year expansion strategy.  Portishead-based Chorus was...

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ICON and TLT bring together panel of leading international acquirers for ‘buy-and-build’ webinar

October 12, 2020
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ICON and TLT bring together panel of leading international acquirers for ‘buy-and-build’ webinar

Buy-and-build opportunities for tech firms in the post-Covid world are to be explored at a webinar jointly staged by Bristol-based tech-focused investment bank ICON Corporate Finance and city-headquartered national law firm TLT. A panel of leading international acquirers will look at tactics and best practices, as well-capitalised private equity...

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Business West welcomes Chancellor’s latest support measures for firms closed by Covid

October 9, 2020
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Business West welcomes Chancellor’s latest support measures for firms closed by Covid

New support for firms forced to close by law because of coronavirus restrictions announced this afternoon by Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been welcomed by Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce. The scheme, under which the government will pay two-thirds of the wages of staff working for...

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Momentum Corporate Finance secures sale of Bristol customer experience services firm

October 9, 2020
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Momentum Corporate Finance secures sale of Bristol customer experience services firm

Bristol-based customer experience services firm Anana has been sold to a fast-growing group aiming to be the leading player in the industry across the European market in a deal secured by Momentum Corporate Finance. Anana, which was founded in 2001 and now employs more than 100 people at its...

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Bristol tech firm hands a lifeline to touch-screen machines shunned by Covid-anxious consumers

October 9, 2020
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Bristol tech firm hands a lifeline to touch-screen machines shunned by Covid-anxious consumers

Bristol-based Ultraleap has launched a new tool that harnesses its pioneering touchless technology to eliminate the need for people to touch interactive screens to buy tickets and other products in places such as railway stations, hotels and airports. With the majority of people anxious about touching screens due to...

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New Business West directory offers support and opportunities for firms as Covid and Brexit hit home

October 8, 2020
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New Business West directory offers support and opportunities for firms as Covid and Brexit hit home

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has launched a directory service to help signpost firms to vital advice, opportunities and support services. Back to Business is an evolution of Business West’s highly successful Trading Through Coronavirus platform, which has been visited by more than 100,000 businesses across the...

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‘Transformational’ datatech deal sealed by ICON Corporate Finance boosts industry pioneer

October 8, 2020
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‘Transformational’ datatech deal sealed by ICON Corporate Finance boosts industry pioneer

Bristol-based tech-focused investment bank ICON Corporate Finance has advised on a strategic investment in one of the UK’s top datatech firms in a deal it described as transformational for the industry. Bath-based Event Store, which has been a market leader in event sourcing and event-driven architecture used by developers since...

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Engine Shed and SETsquared mark Ada Lovelace Day with panel discussion and coding workshop

October 7, 2020
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Engine Shed and SETsquared mark Ada Lovelace Day with panel discussion and coding workshop

Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub and the city’s SETsquared tech incubator are teaming up to bring together a panel of women to talk about their entrepreneurial tech careers followed by a coding workshop. The virtual ‘Inspiring women and girls in STEAM’ panel event takes place from 4pm next Tuesday, October 13, to celebrate Ada...

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Zoom-ing in on potential trade links with China’s hypergrowth Greater Bay Area

October 7, 2020
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Zoom-ing in on potential trade links with China’s hypergrowth Greater Bay Area

Opportunities for Bristol firms in the world’s largest economic zone – China’s Greater Bay Area – have been highlighted at an online gathering led by West of England experts. Invest Bristol & Bath (IBB), the inward investment arm of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) teamed up with...

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