Technology

From alcohol-free spirits to eco-friendly glitter, Bristol firms compete for new enterprise awards

January 24, 2020
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From alcohol-free spirits to eco-friendly glitter, Bristol firms compete for new enterprise awards

Some of Bristol’s most dynamic entrepreneurs are among the shortlisted entries for a major new awards scheme celebrating the West of England’s inspirational small businesses. The inaugural Enterprising West of England ‘Ones to Watch’ awards take place next week to champion the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs. ...

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Directors urged to enter awards scheme that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

January 24, 2020
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Directors urged to enter awards scheme that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

The region’s top annual business award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom has been launched. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs while also focusing UK-wide attention on success in the region.  Nominations – which opened...

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Funding for Bristol firm harnessing power of supermaterial and developing ‘electronic nose’

January 23, 2020
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Funding for Bristol firm harnessing power of supermaterial and developing ‘electronic nose’

Bristol tech firm Anaphite has received £425,000 to fund its work investigating new ways of using advanced materials, including developing an ‘electronic nose’. The firm, based in the city’s Unit DX incubator, was launched by Sam Burrow and Alexander Hewitt after they left university to look at ways to exploit the potential of...

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Bristol Law Society teams up with specialist security firm to help combat cyber crime

January 22, 2020
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Bristol Law Society teams up with specialist security firm to help combat cyber crime

Bristol-based cyber security and resilience firm Warner McCall Resilience has joined Bristol Law Society (BLS) to help its members tackle the evolving cyber threat. With cyber security continuing to be an important topic for the legal sector, BLS was keen to work with an experienced partner to offer pro-active...

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Bristol’s booming tech sector earns city place among global investment hotspots

January 17, 2020
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Bristol’s booming tech sector earns city place among global investment hotspots

Bristol is one of the 15 top destinations in the world for venture capital investment in tech businesses, beating cities such as Oslo and Dublin and second only to London in the UK, according to new research. A report prepared for the Digital Economy Council by Tech Nation and...

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More seed funding for indoor farming firm as it looks to reap rewards of its pioneering tech

January 17, 2020
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More seed funding for indoor farming firm as it looks to reap rewards of its pioneering tech

Bristol vertical and indoor farming innovator LettUs Grow has secured £2.35m in seed funding to scale-up delivery of its game-changing technology to farmers across the UK. LettUs Grow’s award-winning indoor farming system for greenhouses and vertical farms aims to address global food security and sustainability concerns.  These indoor farms...

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£5m more funding for Bristol firm developing subsea robots for oil and gas industry

January 17, 2020
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£5m more funding for Bristol firm developing subsea robots for oil and gas industry

Bristol subsea technology firm Rovco, which is revolutionising the way costly underwater repair, maintenance and inspection work is performed, has received a further £5m in its latest finance round. Established in 2015, the firm is pushing the boundaries of subsea technology by investing heavily in the development of an...

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West of England start-ups to benefit from UK’s first investment catalyst scheme

January 16, 2020
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West of England start-ups to benefit from UK’s first investment catalyst scheme

A pioneering programme to help catalyse investment into some of the West of England’s fastest-growing start-ups has been launched by TechSPARK, the region’s tech sector information hub. The first of its kind in the UK, the Investment Activator Programme (IAP) will include activities to increase the flow of money...

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Top wealth manager rejoins fast-growing online investment innovator Parmenion

January 15, 2020
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Top wealth manager rejoins fast-growing online investment innovator Parmenion

Bristol-based fintech innovator Parmenion has welcomed back Harry Garrett to his former role as an investment manager after he spent six months working at a start-up in the city. Harry, pictured, left fast-growing Parmenion last August after six years to become head of investment at Adalpha Solutions, an investment...

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Womble Bond Dickinson Bristol team work with US tech giant on Bath software acquisition

January 10, 2020
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Womble Bond Dickinson Bristol team work with US tech giant on Bath software acquisition

Global enterprise technology company NCR Corporation has been advised by the Bristol office of transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson on its £100m acquisition of Zynstra, the Bath software pioneer. Zynstra has developed innovative ‘edge virtualisation’ software that helps retailers strengthen customer and employee experiences and reduce costs.  ...

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Firm launched by ‘pension software geeks’ sells majority stake to arm of BT’s pension fund

December 20, 2019
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Firm launched by ‘pension software geeks’ sells majority stake to arm of BT’s pension fund

A majority stake in Bristol-based pensions software firm Procentia has been acquired by the executive arm of the UK’s largest private sector pension schemes. Procentia was launched in 2002 by a group of self-confessed pension software geeks and has grown into a major player in the fast-growing specialist financial...

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Self-made Bristol businessman’s legacy to fund university’s new campus lecture theatres

December 20, 2019
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Self-made Bristol businessman’s legacy to fund university’s new campus lecture theatres

£3.5m donation from a trust set up by a successful businessman who left school at 14 is to help the University of Bristol create state-of-the art lecture theatres for future generations of innovators. The Bill Brown 1989 Charitable Trust made the donation to the university ahead of the development...

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Experts shed light on strategic growth plans at In-house Lawyer and Bristol Business News event

December 13, 2019
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Experts shed light on strategic growth plans at In-house Lawyer and Bristol Business News event

The importance of having a strategic plan for business growth was underpinned at an event hosted by Bristol-based law firm Gregg Latchams’ In-house Lawyer service (IHL) and Bristol Business News. Called ‘Growing your business on solid foundations’, the seminar was aimed at helping the owners of start-up and scale-up...

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