Technology

Bristol firms dominate unique list of South West’s most disruptive firms

November 17, 2017
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Bristol firms dominate unique list of South West’s most disruptive firms

The 25 most disruptive firms in the South West have been named in a unique list – with seven of the top 10 based in Bristol. The first of its kind, the Disrupt South West index recognises ventures with headquarters in the region which hold the greatest potential to...

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Engine Shed 2 project on track after city council gives green light to new innovation hub

November 10, 2017
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Engine Shed 2 project on track after city council gives green light to new innovation hub

Ambitious plans for a second Engine Shed innovation hub in Bristol were this week given the go-ahead by the city council, paving the way for increased long-term, sustainable and inclusive economic growth based on its model of collaboration. Engine Shed 2 will enable it to bring new projects into...

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Confidence climbs to 12-month high as orders and sales strengthen, Business West survey reveals

November 10, 2017
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Confidence climbs to 12-month high as orders and sales strengthen, Business West survey reveals

West of England firms’ domestic sales and orders have grown at their fastest rate for two years, while business confidence is at its highest since before the Brexit referendum, according to the latest survey from Business West. The organisation, the largest business membership group in the region, said the...

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University of Bristol’s innovation centre will make city world hub for quantum technology

November 7, 2017
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University of Bristol’s innovation centre will make city world hub for quantum technology

The University of Bristol this week revealed plans to take quantum research from the lab into the commercial world by launching the world’s first centre of its kind. The £43m centre will harness the enormous power of the quantum world – the behaviour of matter and energy on the...

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£10m commitment fuels further progress for Bristol’s car-of-the-future research centre

November 6, 2017
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£10m commitment fuels further progress for Bristol’s car-of-the-future research centre

The planned world-beating automotive research centre on the outskirts of Bristol has passed a significant milestone after receiving official confirmation that it will receive funding of £10m. IAAPS – Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems – will help develop the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles and create an...

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Bristol’s dedicated VR Lab becomes a reality after gaining financial backing

November 3, 2017
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Bristol’s dedicated VR Lab becomes a reality after gaining financial backing

Bristol is to strengthen its role as a leading centre for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with the opening in January of one of the UK’s first dedicated research centres for the fast-growing sector. The formal go-ahead was given for the Bristol VR Lab was given this...

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TEDxBristol Dares to Disrupt by showcasing the breadth of the city’s ideas and innovation

November 3, 2017
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TEDxBristol Dares to Disrupt by showcasing the breadth of the city’s ideas and innovation

A packed Colston Hall has spent two days listening to presentations on topics ranging from surviving the robot revolution to controversial medical research on ME at TEDxBristol. The event – the largest of its kind in the UK – brought together a range of top speakers around the theme...

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Bristol’s innovation and collaboration earn it title of country’s leading smart city

October 30, 2017
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Collaboration between Bristol’s tech sector, council and academia has helped it overtake London as the UK’s leading smart city, according to a new index. Navigant Consulting, which was commissioned by Huawei UK to produce the second UK Smart Cities Index, said Bristol’s success was a direct result of it...

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Hat-trick of contract wins for Fusion Processing triggers more growth and move to larger base

October 30, 2017
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Hat-trick of contract wins for Fusion Processing triggers more growth and move to larger base

Bristol-based sensory technology firm Fusion Processing has moved to larger premises to continue its growth after winning three major new contracts in the past two months. The firm, which specialises in developing sensors and control systems for driverless cars and detectors for vehicle safety systems, is part of a UK...

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Footwear innovators step into The Interchange to develop connections with Bristol’s tech sector

October 27, 2017
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Footwear innovators step into The Interchange to develop connections with Bristol’s tech sector

Shoemaster International, the world-leading developer of 3D CAD/CAM for the global footwear manufacturing industry, has relocated from Somerset to Bristol to help it forge partnerships with the city’s burgeoning tech sector. Originally the CAD/CAM division of shoe giant Clarks International in Street, the standalone firm has developed software that...

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Innovation centre to be set up in Bristol by green energy pioneer Ecotricity

October 27, 2017
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Innovation centre to be set up in Bristol by green energy pioneer Ecotricity

Green energy group Ecotricity is to open a tech hub in Bristol to encourage start-ups and digital teams to help it develop next-generation products for the renewables sector. Stroud-based Ecotricity, which was founded in 1995 by hippy-turned-eco-entrepreneur Dale Vince with just one windmill, said it was finalising discussions with...

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SCISYS lands £16m German satellite deal as its space division takes off

October 24, 2017
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SCISYS lands £16m German satellite deal as its space division takes off

Shares in SCISYS, the specialist IT group with an office in Bristol, soared to a new high last week after it won a €18m (£16m) contract to supply technology to the pioneering Heinrich Hertz satellite-communications project. The Chippenham-headquartered group’s space division will provide the ground station control and communications...

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The LAST WORD: Dr Zara Nanu, CEO, Gapsquare

October 20, 2017
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The LAST WORD: Dr Zara Nanu, CEO, Gapsquare

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Dr Zara Nanu, CEO of Gapsquare, answers our 10 questions  What was the LAST: Film you watched? On a recent long-haul flight I got hooked the...

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