Technology

Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

September 18, 2017
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Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

The CBI has appointed Ben Rhodes as its new assistant regional director in the South West. Ben, pictured, joins from the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, where he was chief executive for five-and-a-half years. His responsibilities in the newly created role will include promoting the South West as a...

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Investors get a Wriggle on by backing fast-growing Bristol deals-on-meals app

September 15, 2017
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Investors get a Wriggle on by backing fast-growing Bristol deals-on-meals app

Wriggle, the Bristol-based app developer, has received a £320,000 investment to continue to its fast-paced national roll-out. Wriggle’s app and website connects users to exclusive, on-the-day discounts at bars, restaurants and events through articles, videos, guides and offers. It has already been used to connect around 100,000 foodie fans...

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From Minions to VR, Encounters returns to put focus on Bristol as hotspot for short film talent

September 15, 2017
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From Minions to VR, Encounters returns to put focus on Bristol as hotspot for short film talent

Bristol’s acclaimed Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival kicks off next Tuesday with more than 400 films and 60 events across six days showcasing the best of animation and short films from new and emerging talent.  This year’s competition programme is extensive and diverse, featuring a range of genres...

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Event offers chance to hear about unique Productivity through People programme

September 15, 2017
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Event offers chance to hear about unique Productivity through People programme

Small and medium-sized enterprises from across the South West are being invited to the preview of a unique programme aimed at supporting and investing in the business leaders of the future. Productivity through People is a collaboration between four world-class organisations with the University of Bath School of Management,...

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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned in Bristol next month

September 14, 2017
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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned in Bristol next month

The search is on to find Britain’s female start-up of the Year – with the winner following in the footsteps of two Bristol-based businesswomen. The successful entrant will be crowned in Bristol next month following a live pitching session on stage at the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, which...

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MIT selects innovative Bristol tech firm to help address global gender pay gap problem

September 8, 2017
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MIT selects innovative Bristol tech firm to help address global gender pay gap problem

Gapsquare, the innovative Bristol tech start-up focusing on tackling the gender pay gap, has been selected as a finalist in a worldwide problem-solving project staged by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The MIT Solve Global Challenge looks at solving the world’s most pressing challenges through open innovation and...

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Places still available for ‘smart tech’ pioneers at Venturefest’s investor showcase

September 8, 2017
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Places still available for ‘smart tech’ pioneers at Venturefest’s investor showcase

Tech start-ups and scale-ups seeking funding have just a week left to apply for the Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase taking place as part of Venturefest Bristol & Bath next month. Applications, which must be in by September 15, are open to early stage tech firms – those looking for...

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SCISYS confident ahead of first-half results as spate of contract wins boost order book

September 8, 2017
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SCISYS confident ahead of first-half results as spate of contract wins boost order book

A raft of recent contract wins and a bumper order book means specialist IT group SCISYS, which has an office in Bristol, is on target to report solid half-year results later this month, according to its directors. In a trading update to the London Stock Exchange earlier this week,...

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Innovative subsea engineering firm lands coveted PwC West of England Business of Year award

September 7, 2017
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Innovative subsea engineering firm lands coveted PwC West of England Business of Year award

Developing pioneering products for the global oil industry has earned advanced engineering group Viper Innovations the prestigious title of 2017 PwC West of England Business of Year in the category for businesses turning over less than £30m. The firm, which has its head office and main manufacturing base in...

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Poll of EU workers points to potential skills crisis for West firms as thousands say they will leave UK

August 31, 2017
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Poll of EU workers points to potential skills crisis for West firms as thousands say they will leave UK

Tens of thousands of EU workers in the South West could leave the UK over the next few years, potentially triggering a major skills headache for the region’s firms, according to a new survey. Some 28% of all EU nationals working in the region say they are considering quitting...

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The LAST WORD: Elaine McKechnie, centre director, Future Space

August 25, 2017
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The LAST WORD: Elaine McKechnie, centre director, Future Space

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 Elaine McKechnie, centre director at Future Space at UWE, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST:  Film you watched? The Hangover 3 – I didn’t...

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Former HP Labs chief and cyber expert joins University of Bristol in special advisor role

August 24, 2017
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Former HP Labs chief and cyber expert joins University of Bristol in special advisor role

The University of Bristol has appointed Martin Sadler OBE, an acclaimed tech industry and cyber security expert, as its first special advisor on industrial strategy. Martin, pictured, has a long and illustrious career at the leading edge of industrial research and development, particularly in fields related to digital and...

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More good news for SCISYS as its recent acquisition lands newsroom deal with German broadcaster

August 24, 2017
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More good news for SCISYS as its recent acquisition lands newsroom deal with German broadcaster

Annova, the German mediatech firm acquired by specialist IT group SCISYS earlier this year, has landed its second major contract in just over two weeks. SCISYS, which has an office in Brislington, paid €11.35m (£10.45m) upfront in cash for Munich-based Annova in January.  Earlier this month it secured a...

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