Technology

New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

The Bristol office of BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Thames Valley and working with them to...

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Bristol’s tech innovators invited to enter contest to find UK’s wireless pioneers

August 18, 2014
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Bristol’s tech innovators invited to enter contest to find UK’s wireless pioneers

Businesses in Bristol’s world-leading mobile and microelectronics sector are being urged to enter a competition to find the most innovative new wireless technologies and business ventures. The annual Discovering Start-Ups contest is organised by SETsquared, the business incubator programme run from the University of Bristol’s Engine Shed, and Cambridge...

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Pioneering Bristol trio pitched against Britain’s best small firms in prestigious national contest

August 15, 2014
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Pioneering Bristol trio pitched against Britain’s best small firms in prestigious national contest

Three innovative small firms from Bristol have been included among 100 from across the country selected to attend intensive business boot camps and compete for support worth thousands of pounds. Wriggle, Grow Bristol and Talking Men’s Shoes were chosen by a panel of expert judges in The Pitch 2014,...

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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts Bristol’s science park in the frame

August 8, 2014
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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts Bristol’s science park in the frame

Bristol & Bath Science Park, with its state-of-the-art innovation centre, has again been used as the setting for a film promoting advanced technology. It stars in a promotional film for the new Samsung Galaxy S5, which tells the story of a designer who uses the smartphone across Bristol in...

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Multi-million pound private sector support pledged for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital

August 8, 2014
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Multi-million pound private sector support pledged for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital

Transport operator FirstGroup and accountants KPMG have signed multi-million pound agreements to support Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in what was today described as among the largest private-sector sponsorships in the city’s history. The deals, a mixture of financial and value-in-kind support, make up the strongest private-sector commitment...

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National expansion on the menu as funding floods in for Bristol’s innovative eating-out app Wriggle

August 1, 2014
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National expansion on the menu as funding floods in for Bristol’s innovative eating-out app Wriggle

Wriggle, the Bristol-based app that connects users to exclusive, on-the-day discounts at bars and restaurants, is to expand into London and Manchester after hitting its investment target of £130,000 on crowdfunding website Seedrs. The funding, from more than 160 individual investors, takes the innovative start-up a significant step along...

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Bristol innovator takes centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

July 31, 2014
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Bristol innovator takes centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

Pioneering Bristol firm Yourwealth has showcased its innovation to a large group of senior business and technology directors at Barclays’ global headquarters in London. The firm, recently acquired by the UK arm of South African-based financial services group Momentum, was among six chosen by SETsquared – the business hub...

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Bristol’s tech brains invited to give food for thought and cook up new ideas at Just Eat hackathon

July 25, 2014
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Bristol’s tech brains invited to give food for thought and cook up new ideas at Just Eat hackathon

Just Eat, the leading online takeaway food service which is setting up a specialist technology centre in Bristol, is inviting the city’s tech community to its first hackathon tomorrow. Using the Just Eat api – a set of programming instructions and standards for accessing web-based software applications – and...

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Bristol Business Blog: Colin Skellett, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bristol Business Blog: Colin Skellett, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and...

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Bristol proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

July 25, 2014
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Bristol proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

A strong performance by Bristol in attracting business investment from overseas has helped the UK achieve the highest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, new figures show. There were 27 new investment projects by overseas companies in 2013/14 across the area covered by West...

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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

July 25, 2014
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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

Specialist software and IT group SciSys has pointed to further growth as it continues to recover from tough conditions last year in its core markets. In a trading update for the six months to June 30 – and prior to it entering its close period – directors at the...

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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei invests in Bristol microchip innovator XMOS

July 21, 2014
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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei invests in Bristol microchip innovator XMOS

Bristol microchip design pioneer XMOS has received a $26.2m (£15.3m) investment from a group of international technology businesses which include Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant. It is understood to be the largest single Chinese investment in a Bristol firm so far and could pave the way for further deals....

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Bristol takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

July 21, 2014
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Bristol takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

Bristol’s thriving digital cluster – and one of its leading up-and-coming businesses – have been championed to an audience of national investors at a Tech City UK event in London. Bristol, along with Bath, was one of five tech clusters from across the UK to be invited to present...

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