Technology

Bristol’s ‘greenest’ office building gains rare digital connectivity rating

May 25, 2018
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Bristol’s ‘greenest’ office building gains rare digital connectivity rating

One of just a handful of office buildings under construction speculatively in Bristol has been awarded the highest rating for connectivity and digital infrastructure. The Platinum Wired Score rating for Aurora, the 95,000 sq ft ‘Grade A’ building at Finzels Reach, follows national recognition for the building’s environmental credentials. Aurora...

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Pioneering app firm co-founder joins VR company as it shapes up for more growth

May 25, 2018
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Pioneering app firm co-founder joins VR company as it shapes up for more growth

The co-founder of one of Bristol’s recent tech success stories has joined a fast-growing virtual reality and immersive tech firm as its new business development director. Chris Price, pictured, launched pioneering Bristol-based app developer Mubaloo in 2009 with city serial entrepreneur Mark Mason and grew it to a £4m...

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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

May 18, 2018
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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. The fund, which opened today, will help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK access discounted lending and...

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Bristol tech firm ITEC’s merger with Dorset firm opens new markets on South Coast

May 18, 2018
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Bristol tech firm ITEC’s merger with Dorset firm opens new markets on South Coast

Bristol-based computer services firm ITEC is to merge with Dorset company Copyrite to create a business with 3,500 existing customers, 300 staff and annual sales of £45m. The new combined company, which includes Copyrite’s wholly owned IT services subsidiary Criterion, will be known y as ITEC from June 25....

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Innovative trial to persuade car commuters to catch the bus – by giving them a cab ride to the stop

May 18, 2018
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Innovative trial to persuade car commuters to catch the bus – by giving them a cab ride to the stop

Bus operator First Bristol has joined forces with city-based tech firm Esoterix Systems to make the morning commute more convenient and sustainable in the first trial of its kind in the UK. The project is taking people by taxi from a pick-up point near their home to a bus...

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Bristol’s role as hub for Artificial Intelligence outlined at Smith & Williamson event

May 18, 2018
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Bristol’s role as hub for Artificial Intelligence outlined at Smith & Williamson event

Artificial Intelligence (AI) could double the UK’s economic growth over the next two decades – with Bristol at the forefront of the revolution, city business leaders have been told. An event staged by the Bristol office of accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson heard from the...

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University of Bristol aims to power new generation of high-growth companies

May 18, 2018
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University of Bristol aims to power new generation of high-growth companies

A programme to enable some of the UK’s best tech scale-up companies become the sector giants of tomorrow has been launched by the University of Bristol The programme, part of a national project, is supported by £5m of government money through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund. It will enable...

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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Bristol next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

May 18, 2018
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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Bristol next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

Bristol businesses are to be helped prepare for the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring when an Export for Growth roadshow arrives in the city next month. The day-long Trade Horizons event is one of four being staged across the South West by Business West – the region’s...

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UWE opens £5m hub to encourage creation of new health tech cluster

May 11, 2018
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UWE opens £5m hub to encourage creation of new health tech cluster

A world-class health technology cluster could be developed in Bristol following the opening of a £5m centre. The hub, on UWE’s Frenchay campus, will help businesses develop innovative products harnessing technology that enables people to live independently and manage their own health and wellbeing, ensuring they spend the least...

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Bristol aims for green leap forward with £1bn investment in carbon-neutral energy systems

May 11, 2018
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Bristol aims for green leap forward with £1bn investment in carbon-neutral energy systems

Potential partners are being sought from across the world to help Bristol reach the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. Bristol City Council is looking to attract investment of up to £1bn in the city’s energy infrastructure over the next decade. The council’s prospectus for the project, called...

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Small business cyber security workshop to staged by BRAVE

May 11, 2018
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Small business cyber security workshop to staged by BRAVE

Bristol small business owners can get advice on how to protect against the latest online threats at a free cyber security workshop next month. Hosted by business support organisation BRAVE Enterprise, the event on June 13th will take place following figures showing more than four in 10 UK firms...

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New associate director role at Engine Shed for its scale-up enabler

May 9, 2018
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New associate director role at Engine Shed for its scale-up enabler

Bristol’s Engine Shed has appointed Briony Phillips as associate director, enabling her to stay at the acclaimed innovation hub when her year-long post as its scale-up enabler comes to an end this month. The new position will allow Briony, pictured, to continue to focus on developing Bristol and Bath’s...

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Groupon pays £47.2m to snap up pioneering Bristol firm behind Vouchercloud and Giftcloud

May 4, 2018
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Groupon pays £47.2m to snap up pioneering Bristol firm behind Vouchercloud and Giftcloud

Bristol-based discount and loyalty platform Cloud Savings Company, which operates the Vouchercloud and Giftcloud brands, has been taken over by global e-commerce giant Groupon in a deal worth £47.2m. Vouchercloud is a voucher platform with 55m annual visits from 11 countries, while digital gift card market Giftcloud is a...

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