Technology

New report shows value of Engine Shed innovation hub to Bristol’s economy

March 27, 2015
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New report shows value of Engine Shed innovation hub to Bristol’s economy

Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub has added £8m to the local economy after being in operation for just over a year, according to a new study. The centre, which is home to the Bristol SETsquared university business incubator and Invest Bristol and Bath, the West of England’s inward investment...

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Warning of ‘flat’ year at IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

March 27, 2015
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Warning of ‘flat’ year at IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

Shares in specialist IT group SciSys continued to fall today after its chairman warned that its performance this year would be “flat”. Dr Mike Love, pictured, who co-founded the group, which has a base in Bristol, admitted the business faced challenges last year but insisted its 2014 financial results,...

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Bristol Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Increase growth, productivity and innovation in your business

March 27, 2015
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Bristol Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Increase growth, productivity and innovation in your business

By Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP Businesses in our region continue to face the challenge of a skills gap, impacting on growth and stifling productivity and future innovation. However, how can we ensure that the skill demands of the business community can be met now...

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Record number of delegates expected at Bristol’s prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates expected at Bristol’s prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is hoping to welcome up to 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been extended...

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Specialist LEP fund sparks growth for 222 West of England businesses

March 25, 2015
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Specialist LEP fund sparks growth for 222 West of England businesses

More than 800 jobs have been created in 222 businesses over the past year through the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Fund. The £10m-plus handed out by the fund has enabled the wide range of businesses to gain training, attract investment and carry out research and...

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Bristol gets smart as it opens its world-leading test bed for urban innovation

March 16, 2015
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Bristol gets smart as it opens its world-leading test bed for urban innovation

Bristol’s ambition to become a global laboratory for change has taken a major step forward with the official launch of Bristol Is Open – a world-beating project that places the city at the forefront of innovative technologies ranging from driverless cars to remote health monitoring. The ground-breaking ‘smart city’...

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State-of-the-art Bristol office building looks to set standards for smart working

March 16, 2015
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State-of-the-art Bristol office building looks to set standards for smart working

Bristol financial technology firm Momentum Financial Technology has relocated its 40-strong team to new showpiece offices in the city centre and is now embarking on a major recruitment drive. The firm, formerly known as Blue Speck Financial, announced plans to open its new 120-person facility last November. It has...

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Research will study how Bristol can become a global winner in the high-growth virtual reality industry

March 16, 2015
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Bristol’s ambitions to become a world centre for gaming, animation and visual effects – and benefit from the huge opportunities that could bring – will be analysed in a major new piece of research. The survey follows the successful staging in the city of the first SouthWest VR Conference,...

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Hub will offer city’s entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

March 13, 2015
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Hub will offer city’s entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

Bristol entrepreneurs are being invited to apply for a place on a free accelerator programme offering support, mentoring, networking and office accommodation in the city. Entrepreneurial Spark, which is backed by NatWest, will open the hub for start-up businesses from all sectors this summer. Applications are now open. Up...

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Map unveiled charting strengths of West of England in innovation and knowledge-based sectors

March 9, 2015
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Map unveiled charting strengths of West of England in innovation and knowledge-based sectors

The West of England’s strength in innovation and its high quality of life are to be showcased in Westminster this afternoon when a giant map is unveiled. Compiled by the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the map and accompanying policy document champions the area’s success stories and future opportunities...

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Business Showcase South West 2015 signs up Barclays as latest blue-chip sponsor

February 27, 2015
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Business Showcase South West 2015 signs up Barclays as latest blue-chip sponsor

Barclays has become the latest blue-chip company to sponsor Business Showcase South West 2015 – the region’s biggest business exhibition which returns for a second year in May. Barclays joins First Great Western and Enterprise Rent-a-car in sponsoring the event staged again at Bristol’s Colston Hall. Following last year’s...

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Bristol in the vanguard of a new breed of 21st century cities, international investors are told

February 23, 2015
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Bristol in the vanguard of a new breed of 21st century cities, international investors are told

Bristol has been showcased as one of Europe’s top investment hotspots with the claim that is helping create a new kind of city for the 21st century. A gathering of major international investors in London heard that its creativity, innovation and independent spirit were pushing the city in a...

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Barclays event will explore how to lead in the digital age through the use of intelligent social media

February 20, 2015
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Barclays event will explore how to lead in the digital age through the use of intelligent social media

With businesses becoming increasingly reliant on the successful use of social media to grow, Barclays is staging an event next week highlighting some of its more effective tools. Called Leading in the Digital Age – the use of Intelligent Social Media, the event at UWE’s Frenchay Campus near Bristol...

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