Technology

Artificial Intelligence debate serves up food for thought at Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast

August 10, 2018
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Artificial Intelligence debate serves up food for thought at Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast

Bristol’s business leaders believe artificial intelligence (AI) will be more of a blessing than a curse, according to attendees at this morning’s International Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast. A show of hands among the audience at the end of a lively debate on AI’s impact on society, business and the...

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Dedicated website launched to help generate growth for Bristol’s scale-up businesses

August 10, 2018
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Dedicated website launched to help generate growth for Bristol’s scale-up businesses

Bristol’s fast-growth businesses can find all the information they need to help them expand in one place following the launch of the city’s first scale-up generator website. The site, which has been created by Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation centre in partnership with the West of England Growth Hub, includes...

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Chancellor’s £65m boost to catapult Bristol into world-leading centre for high-value manufacturing

August 10, 2018
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Chancellor’s £65m boost to catapult Bristol into world-leading centre for high-value manufacturing

Bristol’s standing as a centre for advanced manufacturing received a £65m boost today from Chancellor Philip Hammond in a move he said would put the city at the forefront of innovation in the sector. The money will go to the National Composites Centre (NCC), Bristol’s world-leading institution for composites...

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Tech firms and students reap mutual rewards of UWE’s Future Space internship scheme

August 10, 2018
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Tech firms and students reap mutual rewards of UWE’s Future Space internship scheme

Start-up and scale-up businesses at UWE’s Future Space tech and science hub have opened their doors to students taking part in a new internship initiative designed around their business needs.  Over the 10-week period the interns, pictured, will develop skills, network and ultimately kickstart their careers in marketing at...

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Artificial Intelligence – a blessing or a curse? By Thrings corporate partner Graeme Fearon

August 9, 2018
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Artificial Intelligence – a blessing or a curse? By Thrings corporate partner Graeme Fearon

Thrings corporate partner Graeme Fearon shares his take on artificial intelligence (AI) ahead of tomorrow’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast debate. AI is everywhere. Every Silicon Valley start-up worth its seed-funding seems to be working on an AI application to revolutionise your world, while simultaneously coming after your...

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Watershed enters new era with change at the top and launch of ventures arm

August 3, 2018
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Watershed enters new era with change at the top and launch of ventures arm

Bristol’s pioneering arts and creative tech centre Watershed has appointed a new CEO and launched a new business aimed at boosting the city’s creative growth. The changes, which took place this week, see current managing director Dick Penny – who has led the award-winning venue for around two decades...

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Bristol tech star takes on high-profile chairman and secures $15m for further global expansion

July 27, 2018
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Bristol tech star takes on high-profile chairman and secures $15m for further global expansion

Brightpearl, the retail management software firm that is one of the stars of Bristol’s tech sector, has completed its latest funding round for further growth and appointed a high-profile chairman. The firm, which launched 11 years ago in Bristol’s highly successful SETsquared innovation incubator, has received $15m (£11.4m), which...

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Ashfords helps ‘Tinder of the legal recruitment market’ hook up with new investors

July 20, 2018
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Ashfords helps ‘Tinder of the legal recruitment market’ hook up with new investors

Lawyers based in the Bristol office of regional firm Ashfords have advised Route 1 International – described as the Tinder of the legal talent industry – on a £275,000 seed funding round.  London-based Route 1 International – in which Ashfords itself invested two years ago – uses marketplace technology...

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Bristol Business Blog: Tracey John, UWE Bristol. Support for business innovation with two grants schemes

July 17, 2018
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Bristol Business Blog:  Tracey John, UWE Bristol. Support for business innovation with two grants schemes

By Tracey John, assistant director of research, business and innovation, UWE Bristol The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is very active when it comes to business engagement. As well as offering internships and supplying work-ready graduates, it also serves as a conduit for government funding. Two...

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Second cohort of innovators selected for Oracle’s Bristol Startup Cloud Accelerator

July 13, 2018
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Second cohort of innovators selected for Oracle’s Bristol Startup Cloud Accelerator

A diverse group of five fledgling firms in areas ranging from artificial intelligence (AI) to video collaboration and vertical farms has been selected to take part in the second Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator programme in Bristol. The six-month programme provides enriching, collaborative partnerships to take high-potential cloud-based innovators to...

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Call goes out to engineers to help nurture Bristol’s next generation of tech innovators

July 13, 2018
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Call goes out to engineers to help nurture Bristol’s next generation of tech innovators

DigiLocal, the Bristol organisation supporting communities in running tech clubs for their young people, is seeking engineers to support the design of project guides for its clubs and workshops. DigiLocal support 16 clubs across 12 communities aimed at eight to 14 year olds who do not have traditional access...

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Halo effect of creative hub means there’s no space left in HERE

July 13, 2018
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Halo effect of creative hub means there’s no space left in HERE

Creative and tech workspace in one of Bristol’s most iconic commercial buildings is now fully occupied following the arrival of its latest tenant. Branding agency Halo’s move into HERE – the former HTV West studio and HQ on Bath Road – has left the building’s asset managers Ashville operating...

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Tech industry pioneer sets new course as chair of Brunel’s SS Great Britain

July 12, 2018
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Tech industry pioneer sets new course as chair of Brunel’s SS Great Britain

The SS Great Britain Trust, the organisation that owns Brunel’s iconic ship on Bristol’s Harbourside, has elected long-standing UK tech industry figure Jim McKenna as its new chair. His appointment at the charitable trust’s AGM comes three months after it opened the £7.2m Being Brunel museum as a major...

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