Technology

Major US group snaps up Bristol firm behind innovative analytical tech used in global pharma sector

April 7, 2022
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Major US group snaps up Bristol firm behind innovative analytical tech used in global pharma sector

A Bristol-based firm supplying pioneering analytical technology to the global pharmaceutical industry has been sold to a major US biotech group in a deal handled by a team from law firm Thrings. Optimal Industrial Automation and Technologies’ acquisition by Massachusetts-based Bruker Corporation opens up new markets for both firms.  Founded...

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Top talent taken on by Bristol utilities firm The Bunch as its growth powers ahead

April 1, 2022
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Top talent taken on by Bristol utilities firm The Bunch as its growth powers ahead

Bristol-based utilities innovator The Bunch has strengthened its senior management team with a raft of strategic hires as it targets a 100% increase in customers this year. The hires follow a highly successful year for the company, which consolidates all household bills into a single monthly payment and grants...

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National Friendly stays with Bristol software developer to give its data platforms some extra spark

March 31, 2022
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National Friendly stays with Bristol software developer to give its data platforms some extra spark

Award-winning Bristol health and protection insurer National Friendly has extended its partnership with software development company Spark! Data Systems, which is also based in the city. Spark! will continue to deliver and support National Friendly’s policy administration and customer services platform Odyssey, which it uses across its range of...

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New Bristol hub for leading US digital engineering services group will create more than 40 jobs

March 25, 2022
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New Bristol hub for leading US digital engineering services group will create more than 40 jobs

Global tech group Infostretch is to create more than 40 jobs in Bristol by opening a base in the city. The Silicon Valley-based group, which employees more than 2,000 people in 15 offices across the world, said it was attracted to set up in Bristol due to the West...

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Zap-Map charges ahead by teaming up with the RAC to help electric vehicle owners in distress

March 25, 2022
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Zap-Map charges ahead by teaming up with the RAC to help electric vehicle owners in distress

Bristol-based electric vehicle charge point mapping app Zap-Map has partnered with motoring organisation the RAC as it seeks to power ahead in the fast-growing market. The firm, which is majority owned by renewable energy group Good Energy, is already the UK’s top app of its kind with 660,000 downloads...

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Bristol tops UK league table for successful university spin-out businesses

March 18, 2022
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Bristol tops UK league table for successful university spin-out businesses

University of Bristol spin-out companies generate higher average returns on investment than those of any other UK university, a new study has found. The University Spin-out Report revealed that over 20 years the average UK spin-out generates around double the original capital raised.  But Bristol’s spin-outs average 285%, putting the...

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Tech pioneer returns to Bristol to launch state-of-the-art lab for ground-breaking microchips

March 18, 2022
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Tech pioneer returns to Bristol to launch state-of-the-art lab for ground-breaking microchips

Bristol tech start-up Zero Point Motion has raised £2.58m in a seed funding round to build a state-of-the-art lab in the city as it develops a new kind of navigation and motion-sensing microchip. The investment also means that Zero Point Motion founder and CEO Dr Ying Lia Li, pictured,...

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Electric vehicle app Zap-Map revs up for overseas markets with new-look team at the wheel

March 14, 2022
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Electric vehicle app Zap-Map revs up for overseas markets with new-look team at the wheel

Zap-Map, the Bristol-based app that helps electric vehicle users find public charging points, has powered-up its senior management team as it prepares for further growth, including a drive into international markets. Richard Bourne, who joined in January 2021 as interim CEO, has been appointed to the role permanently while...

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Unique festival will give Bristol businesses chance to engage in discussions on city’s hot topics

March 11, 2022
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Unique festival will give Bristol businesses chance to engage in discussions on city’s hot topics

A major festival to be staged in Bristol this summer will give business leaders the opportunity to discuss key issues for the city ranging from the drive towards net zero to the reinvention of high streets with with government ministers and leading opposition politicians. The two-day Big Tent Festival...

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SETsquared Bristol’s pioneering Breakthrough Bursary scheme supports diverse founder start-ups

March 11, 2022
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SETsquared Bristol’s pioneering Breakthrough Bursary scheme supports diverse founder start-ups

Five innovative tech companies with founders from diverse ethnic backgrounds have been awarded a special bursary by tech incubator SETsquared Bristol. Now in its third year, the Breakthrough Bursary provides heavily subsidised membership to SETsquared Bristol’s pioneering incubation programme, including bespoke business support, mentoring, coaching and investment readiness training. ...

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Warning to Bristol businesses to get set for new legislation on food waste

March 11, 2022
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Warning to Bristol businesses to get set for new legislation on food waste

Bristol firms are being urged to prepare for new rules on food waste as the government sets about increasing recycling levels. Waste management company Grundon, which has a base in Bristol, says the new food waste guidelines, which are expected to be announced imminently, are part of a bigger...

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Digital engineering consultancy behind world-class projects unveils new-look senior team

March 11, 2022
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Digital engineering consultancy behind world-class projects unveils new-look senior team

A new leadership team has been announced by the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), the Bristol-based not-for-profit digital engineering consultancy, following the decision by its chief technology officer to retire this summer. Prof Ian Risk’s departure in July after five years in the role has provided the opportunity for CFMS to...

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Rapid-growth Irish cyber security firm calls on Foot Anstey to advise on European expansion deal

March 9, 2022
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Rapid-growth Irish cyber security firm calls on Foot Anstey to advise on European expansion deal

A cross-firm team of lawyers from Foot Anstey has advised the UK’s fastest-growing cyber security specialists Integrity360 on an acquisition that forms part of its pan-European expansion plan. The takeover of London-based Caretower’s UK and Bulgarian businesses means Integrity36 now has 300-plus employees, including 200 cybersecurity engineers, analysts, consultants...

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