Technology

Bristol scale-ups selected for unique UK-wide growth acceleration programme

January 25, 2019
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Bristol scale-ups selected for unique UK-wide growth acceleration programme

Two Bristol tech firms are among 30 fast-growth UK businesses chosen to take part in a prestigious programme aimed at accelerating their expansion. BookingLive, the UK’s number one online booking and reservation platform, and Immersive Labs, the cyber security firm founded by a former GCHQ researcher, were selected for...

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Ashfords celebrates major rise in transactions during 2018 as it strengthens lead role in tech deals

January 25, 2019
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Ashfords celebrates major rise in transactions during 2018 as it strengthens lead role in tech deals

The value of transactions completed by dealmakers at South West law firm Ashfords has jumped by a third over the past 12 months. The firm completed deals totalling more than £900m in 2018, an increase of £320m over the previous year. Transactions included investments, re-financing and share transfers.  The...

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Ordnance Survey maps out partnership with Engine Shed to boost Bristol’s tech start-ups

January 25, 2019
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Ordnance Survey maps out partnership with Engine Shed to boost Bristol’s tech start-ups

Bristol tech start-ups will be able to receive specialist advice and guidance under a new partnership between the city’s Engine Shed enterprise hub and Ordnance Survey’s Geovation support initiative. Geovation, which focuses on advancing geotech and proptech businesses, is offering start-ups that are members of Engine Shed and its...

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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

January 25, 2019
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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

A flurry of new business won by its space division in December gave specialist IT and software group SCISYS a better-than-expected end to 2018, it said in a trading update today. The Chippenham-headquartered group landed a series of contract wins with an aggregate value of £23m during the month....

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$8m funding for cyber security innovator using gaming techniques to fight real-life attacks

January 18, 2019
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$8m funding for cyber security innovator using gaming techniques to fight real-life attacks

Immersive Labs, the Bristol cyber security firm founded by a former GCHQ researcher, has raised $8m (£6.2m) to further develop its innovative training system that uses computer game techniques to fight real-life threats. The skills platform, which is already used for complex cyber security training by clients such as engineering...

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Immediate past success presents Future Space tech hub with bright outlook

January 18, 2019
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Immediate past success presents Future Space tech hub with bright outlook

Future Space, the science and tech hub at UWE’s Frenchay Campus, generated nearly £5m during its successful second year in operation, according to its latest annual review. The centre, which is managed by Oxford Innovation, had an occupancy rate of 69% – significantly higher than the original business plan...

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Engine Shed seeking new tenant after StartUp Accelerator scales up and departs its Arrival Lounge

January 18, 2019
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Engine Shed seeking new tenant after StartUp Accelerator scales up and departs its Arrival Lounge

Bristol enterprise hub Engine Shed is looking for a new occupier for its Arrivals Lounge after another tenant has outgrown it. The 600 sq ft office space, which leads off Engine Shed’s Members’ Lounge, pictured, will be available from February 7 on competitive and flexible terms. It has room...

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Far Eastern promise for Bristol agri-tech firms through Innovate UK’s China trade visit

January 17, 2019
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Cutting-edge agri-tech firms from the Bristol area are being offered the chance to take part in a fully-funded programme to China with the potential to secure lucrative business links. Fifteen companies will be selected by Innovate UK, the government innovation agency, for the programme, which includes an eight-day visit...

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SCISYS lauds pre-Brexit office shift again after it lands another EU-funded space contract

January 17, 2019
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SCISYS lauds pre-Brexit office shift again after it lands another EU-funded space contract

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has an office in Bristol, has again stressed that moving its parent company from the UK to Ireland to allow it to bid for EU-funded work has paid off by winning a fifth contract in less than a month. The Chippenham-headquartered group SCISYS has...

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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

January 14, 2019
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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

An innovative scheme encouraging and supporting Bristol scale-up businesses has been praised by industry experts as a role model for other parts of the country. The ScaleUp Institute, a company which aims to make the UK the best place in the world to develop a thriving business, said the...

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‘Indoor farming’ pioneers reap £1m funding to develop its groundbreaking products

January 11, 2019
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‘Indoor farming’ pioneers reap £1m funding to develop its groundbreaking products

LettUs Grow, the Bristol-based agri-tech firm, has secured investment of £1m to build world-beating indoor ‘farms’ that could help feed the ever-increasing global population. Under the funding, which has come from a range of investors, LettUS Grow scale its operations and develop new products to access a rapidly growing...

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£4.7m investment hands Bristol bionic arm pioneer opportunity to enter global market

January 11, 2019
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£4.7m investment hands Bristol bionic arm pioneer opportunity to enter global market

Bristol robotics firm Open Bionics, which makes innovative hi-tech prosthetic limbs for amputees, has raised £4.7m to help it become a global player.  The firm, founded four years ago by CEO Joel Gibbard and COO Samantha Payne, pictured, and based at UWE’s Future Space innovation hub, secured the funding...

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UWE-backed tech project on track to shunt train delays into the history books

January 11, 2019
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UWE-backed tech project on track to shunt train delays into the history books

They’re the bane of every rail commuter’s life but train delays – from leaves on the line and the wrong kind of snow to major signal failures – could become a thing of the past within the next few years under a pioneering project involving tech experts from UWE...

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