Technology

Senior appointment boosts Bristol’s pioneering digital engineering test bed

March 31, 2020
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The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), the Bristol-based specialist body aiming to transform digital engineering, has made a senior appointment to help it complete its pioneering projects. Dr James Osborne, pictured, joins CFMS, which is based on the Bristol & Bath Science Park, as technology programmes manager. He...

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Coronavirus update: Business West welcomes new insolvency and red tape measures

March 30, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Business West welcomes new insolvency and red tape measures

The latest moves by the government to support businesses, including relaxing the insolvency laws and removing some red tape, have been given the thumbs up by the region’s largest business organisation. Business West described the measures, announced by Business Secretary Alok Sharma on Friday evening, as sensible steps that...

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Coronavirus update: Firms harness city’s inbuilt innovation to keep Bristol in business

March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Firms harness city’s inbuilt innovation to keep Bristol in business

Bristol firms have been coming to terms with a new and unprecedented way of doing business against a backdrop of a complete lockdown of the city and the cancellation of all events. But as a city built on innovation, many are looking at new ways of doing business –...

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Bristol Business Blog: Isabel Thompson, Warner McCall Resilience. Cyber security guidance for remote working during Covid-19

March 27, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Isabel Thompson, Warner McCall Resilience. Cyber security guidance for remote working during Covid-19

In these challenging times, it’s sad to learn that cyber criminals are only increasing their activity as they look to capitalise on the Covid-19 crisis, writes Isabel Thompson, commercial director at Bristol-based cyber security and resilience firm Warner McCall Resilience. With the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) issuing warnings...

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Coronavirus update: Government ‘lifeline’ for self-employed welcomed by business groups

March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Government ‘lifeline’ for self-employed welcomed by business groups

Business organisations have backed government help outlined last night to support the self-employed and sole traders affected by coronavirus, describing them as a lifeline for around 5m people. The measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured below, provide a grant worth 80% of profits up to a cap of £2,500...

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Coronavirus update: Website launched with expert advice to help firms trade through the crisis

March 26, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Website launched with expert advice to help firms trade through the crisis

Bristol businesses needing up-to-date information, advice and guidance to help them trade in the current unprecedented market conditions are being encouraged to turn to a new web portal launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. Called Trading Through Coronavirus, it aims to help businesses navigate their way...

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Coronavirus update: Government’s lockdown measures welcomed by business groups

March 24, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Government’s lockdown measures welcomed by business groups

National business organisations have welcomed the government’s drastic measures putting the country into virtual lockdown in a bid to combat the rapid spread of coronavirus. The CBI said the action presented “great challenges” while the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said it made it even more vital that support...

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as Chancellor announces ‘unprecedented’ support for firms

March 20, 2020
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as Chancellor announces ‘unprecedented’ support for firms

Pubs, cafes and restaurants must close down this evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a massive package of measures to support businesses and their workers. The government is to pay 80% of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, Mr...

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Bristol named among Europe’s top cities for tech growth as it embraces Artificial Intelligence

March 20, 2020
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Growth in its use of Artificial Intelligence has resulted in Bristol being named as one of Europe’s ‘top-scaling’ tech cities. The latest accolade for the city – which has regularly appeared at or near the top of similar league tables – comes in the latest annual Tech Nation Report....

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Outsourced fulfilment firm to deliver more growth after investment from logistics giant

March 20, 2020
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Outsourced fulfilment firm to deliver more growth after investment from logistics giant

A Bristol firm that helps small e-commerce firms distribute their products has received a major investment from an international logistics group. The undisclosed funding from Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of the global shipping container giant, will allow Emersons Green-based Huboo to continue its rapid growth.  uboo’s innovative...

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‘Transport revolution’ to be trialled on Bristol’s streets with e-scooters and self-driving cars

March 20, 2020
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‘Transport revolution’ to be trialled on Bristol’s streets with e-scooters and self-driving cars

Bristol is to take part in a ‘transport revolution’ including trialling self-driving cars and electronic scooters on public roads for the first time along with shared taxis and greater use of apps and electronic payments. The West of England has been chosen by the government as one of three...

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Bristol corporate teams work with specialist UK software firm on its takeover by US group

March 20, 2020
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Bristol corporate teams work with specialist UK software firm on its takeover by US group

The corporate team at Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon and Bristol-based ICON Corporate Finance have advised the shareholders of UK transportation management software firm Paragon Software Systems on its acquisition by US tech giant Aptean. Surrey-based Paragon has provided market-leading software to the food and beverage, distribution and...

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Coronavirus update: Chancellor announces emergency measures to support businesses

March 17, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Chancellor announces emergency measures to support businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an emergency £330bn package to support businesses during the coronavirus crisis. Mr Sunak, pictured, said the move was equivalent to 15% of the UK’s GDP and added that if demand was greater than the initial £330bn he would go further and provide as much...

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