Technology

Turnover doubles at R&D tax credit firm ForrestBrown in 2016 as it takes on 19 new staff

January 13, 2017
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Turnover doubles at R&D tax credit firm ForrestBrown in 2016 as it takes on 19 new staff

Bristol-based R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown is forecasting further expansion this year having grown its turnover by more than 100% in 2016 and doubled its staffing by taking on 19 more staff. The Clifton firm, launched by managing director Simon Brown in 2013, also opened its first London office...

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Senior IT managers at UWE named among finalists in coveted Women in IT Awards

January 13, 2017
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Senior IT managers at UWE named among finalists in coveted Women in IT Awards

Two senior members of UWE’s IT services department have been shortlisted for prizes at the prestigious Women in IT Awards 2017. Chief information officer (CIO) and IT director Tracy Willis and Sarah Boyd, assistant director of IT compliance and security, are finalists in their categories at the high-profile event...

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Bristol’s ethical firms urged to enter South West Fairtrade Business Awards

January 9, 2017
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Bristol’s ethical firms urged to enter South West Fairtrade Business Awards

Bristol firms that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their fifth year, the coveted awards champion businesses that demonstrate commitment to using and promoting fairtrade and supporting fair and ethical business practices. Bristol...

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Event to expore how Bristol’s scale-up agenda can be truly inclusive

January 6, 2017
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Event to expore how Bristol’s scale-up agenda can be truly inclusive

Bristol innovation hub Engine Shed has teamed up with the RSA to host a briefing exploring the convergence of the scale-up and inclusive growth agendas. Called Scale Up Inclusively – Minding the Gap, the event on February 24 will hear from a panel of speakers including Mayor of Bristol...

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SCISYS promises more growth following takeover of German media software firm

January 3, 2017
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SCISYS promises more growth following takeover of German media software firm

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has a base in Bristol, has completed the acquisition of German media software firm Annova Systems in a move that it called a step-change in its growth prospects. Chippenham-headquartered SCISYS paid €11.35m (£9.64m) upfront in cash for Munich-headquartered Annova. The firm, which had earnings of...

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Increase in R&D tax relief claims – but many firms are still missing out on vital funding for innovation

December 29, 2016
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Increase in R&D tax relief claims – but many firms are still missing out on vital funding for innovation

More firms across the South West are unlocking growth funding by claiming research and development (R&D) tax relief, according to new figures. But the region still lags many other parts of the UK in accessing what is widely viewed as a key way of boosting innovation. Latest figures from HMRC...

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Partnership launched at Engine Shed to drive forward city’s education-business links

December 16, 2016
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Partnership launched at Engine Shed to drive forward city’s education-business links

Engine Shed, Bristol’s innovation hub, has formed a partnership with City of Bristol College to help develop stronger links between further education and business. The collaboration is an invitation to businesses to engage more easily with apprenticeship provision and find out about the talented young people across the city...

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Investment showcase offers funding promise for trio of Bristol tech start-ups

December 9, 2016
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Investment showcase offers funding promise for trio of Bristol tech start-ups

Three high-growth tech start-ups from Bristol are hoping for funding after taking part in a high-profile investment event staged by SETsquared, the global number one business incubator backed by the University of Bristol. SETsquared’s annual Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase in London gives entrepreneurs based at its centres the chance...

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Engine Shed extends business lounge access to Institute of Chartered Accountants members

December 7, 2016
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Engine Shed extends business lounge access to Institute of Chartered Accountants members

The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) has joined the growing list of organisations whose members can use the business lounge at Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub for free. The lounge is already a popular stopping off point and meeting place for members of a wide range of bodies including...

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Engine Shed on track to become a stronger platform for inclusive growth

December 2, 2016
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Engine Shed on track to become a stronger platform for inclusive growth

Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub has celebrated its third anniversary by looking back at its success and ahead to its next phase of growth. Engine Shed houses the world-leading SETsquared business incubator, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Invest Bristol & Bath and a number of other...

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University’s £300m Temple Quarter campus will boost Bristol’s innovation and promote inclusion, says mayor

November 29, 2016
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University’s £300m Temple Quarter campus will boost Bristol’s innovation and promote inclusion, says mayor

The University of Bristol’s ambitious plans for a £300m ‘transformational’ new campus next to Temple Meads railway station will put the city among the world’s leading centres for innovation, according to Mayor Marvin Rees. The scheme, announced this week, will also help bridge the gap between prosperous parts of...

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UWE Future Space innovation hub signs up first biotech tenant

November 25, 2016
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UWE Future Space innovation hub signs up first biotech tenant

The first biotech company to sign up to use UWE’s state-of-the-art Future Space laboratories has moved in. University of Bristol spin-out Pertinax Pharma is developing patent-protected, sustained release technology for chlorhexidine, a common antiseptic. Based on years of research and development from the university’s School of Oral and Dental Science,...

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German media software acquisition will bring step-change in growth, says SCISYS

November 24, 2016
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German media software acquisition will bring step-change in growth, says SCISYS

SCISYS, the specialist IT group with a base in Bristol, is to acquire German media software firm Annova Systems for up to €27.83m (£23.8m) in a move that will give a strong international boost to its own media & broadcast division. Chippenham-based SCISYS said the acquisition, which it is funding...

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