Technology

Bristol’s Bloodhound supersonic car world record bid back on track, thanks to Chinese sponsorship deal

September 26, 2016
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Bristol’s Bloodhound supersonic car world record bid back on track, thanks to Chinese sponsorship deal

Chinese auto giant Geely today raced to the rescue of Bristol’s Bloodhound project and got its world land speed record challenge back on track for autumn next year. Geely, whose parent group owns Volvo cars and the maker of London’s iconic black taxi cabs, was today announced as the...

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Specialist software gets taste for food and drink awards sponsorship

September 23, 2016
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Specialist software gets taste for food and drink awards sponsorship

Bristol-based agricultural software specialist Agrantec has agreed a two-year sponsorship deal with regional food and drink award scheme, the Taste of the West Awards. Agrantec will support the 2016 Champion Meat & Poultry award, the winner of which will be announced at the awards ceremony at Exeter Cathedral on...

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SMEs missing out, by definition, on R&D tax breaks, warns Smith & Williamson

September 23, 2016
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SMEs missing out, by definition, on R&D tax breaks, warns Smith & Williamson

Thousands of businesses are still missing out Research & Development (R&D) tax credits and time is running out for them to claim for calendar year 2014, warns Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group with a large office in Bristol. New figures from HMRC show that...

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First firms arrive at UWE’s innovative Future Space as it opens for business

September 23, 2016
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First firms arrive at UWE’s innovative Future Space as it opens for business

The state-of-the-art Future Space business workspace at UWE’s Frenchay Campus has been handed over to the management team at Oxford Innovation as its third business moves in. Future Space provides a unique destination for science and technology companies and includes shared and co-working offices, an equipped lab, upgradeable workshops and...

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£1.1m profit for SCISYS as it bounces back from last year’s crisis

September 23, 2016
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£1.1m profit for SCISYS as it bounces back from last year’s crisis

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has a base in Bristol, has bounced back into profit with trading figures for the half year to the end of June showing a complete recovery from its disastrous 2015. The Chippenham-based group, which sells complex software systems to the space, defence, media and government sectors,...

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Cross border deal hooks up Bristol international cloud specialist with French-Japanese group

September 16, 2016
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Cross border deal hooks up Bristol international cloud specialist with French-Japanese group

Bristol-based provider of cloud unified communications Applicable has been acquired by a UK subsidiary of one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing firms in the sector. The cross-border deal involved French firm Arkadin, which is owned by NTT Communications Corporation of Japan, taking over Applicable, which has a US...

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New-look board at Pure Comms as more growth comes on line

September 16, 2016
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New-look board at Pure Comms as more growth comes on line

Telecoms and IT firm Pure Comms has formed a new board of directors following a number of internal changes and a high-profile appointment. CEO Rob Vivian heads the board, which also includes non-executive chairman Julian Telling, finance director Richard Corser and technical director Harry Bishop. Also joining the board...

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FSB roadshow to roll into Bristol with free seminars and workshops

September 14, 2016
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FSB roadshow to roll into Bristol with free seminars and workshops

Bristol has been chosen as one of only three places in England to host a free one-day national roadshow of seminars and workshops aimed at helping smaller business owners. The events, staged by Britain’s biggest business representation group, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), will give practical advice and...

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Engine Shed II innovation hub on track after Cabinet gives green light to Enterprise Zone expansion

September 9, 2016
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Engine Shed II innovation hub on track after Cabinet gives green light to Enterprise Zone expansion

Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is to be increased in a landmark move that paves the way for the city’s highly successful Engine Shed innovation hub to expand into a much-needed second building. The approval this week by Bristol City Council’s cabinet will also trigger the redevelop of the...

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Pepper the ‘emotional’ robot to make his debut at Bristol tech showcase

September 9, 2016
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Pepper the ‘emotional’ robot to make his debut at Bristol tech showcase

A humanoid robot trained to ‘understand’ emotions is set to make what is believed to be his first public appearance in Bristol. Pepper, pictured, the latest member to join the Bristol-based GWS Robotics team, is a 4ft tall robot which can talk, laugh, dance and even ‘feel’. The public...

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UWE teams up with Gregg Latchams and Osborne Clarke to introduce business legal service

September 9, 2016
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UWE teams up with Gregg Latchams and Osborne Clarke to introduce business legal service

UWE Bristol is to launch a pro bono legal service for small businesses in collaboration with Bristol lawyers Gregg Latchams and the city office of international legal firm Osborne Clarke. The support will be provided within the university’s Future Space Centre, part of its new University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) on...

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R&D tax credits are keeping Bristol at the forefront of innovation, survey shows

September 9, 2016
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R&D tax credits are keeping Bristol at the forefront of innovation, survey shows

Take up of government research and development incentives is set to double in Bristol over the next three years as more businesses use them to boost innovation and stimulate growth. According to research by Bristol-based R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown, the incentives have already had a positive impact on...

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Opportunities explored as East meets West in green tech and sustainable building sectors

September 9, 2016
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Opportunities explored as East meets West in green tech and sustainable building sectors

Sustainable building and environmental technologies will be in the spotlight at the next Bristol and West of England China Bureau ‘pow wow’, held in conjunction with Low Carbon South West. Pow wow’s are popular business networking events that allow directors from across the region to meet exporters who are...

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