Technology

Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

June 14, 2019
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Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has a base in Brislington, looks set to be taken over by Canadian tech giant CGI in an approved offer that values it at nearly £79m. The surprise cash offer, which has been unanimously accepted by the Chippenham-headquartered group’s directors, was revealed to shareholders...

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MBEs for Bristol business pair who have helped shaped city’s tech and creative industries

June 11, 2019
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MBEs for Bristol business pair who have helped shaped city’s tech and creative industries

Two key figures in the creation of Bristol’s burgeoning tech and creative sectors have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Nick Sturge, director of the city’s pioneering Engine Shed innovation hub, and Paul Appleby, former chair of Bristol Media, the membership group for the city’s creative, media and...

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Time to act over climate change is now, declares Bristol’s We The Curious science centre

June 7, 2019
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Time to act over climate change is now, declares Bristol’s We The Curious science centre

Bristol’s We The Curious has become the first science centre in the world to declare a climate emergency and pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030. Along with Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol, it is one of the first organisations in the city to make such...

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Indoor farming pioneer looking for bumber crop of votes as it aims for People’s Choice accolade

June 7, 2019
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Indoor farming pioneer looking for bumber crop of votes as it aims for People’s Choice accolade

Innovative Bristol-based agri-tech firm LettUs Grow is seeking support from the city’s business community as it competes for the People’s Choice Award in the prestigious Pitch@Palace final. The firm, which is supported by Bristol’s world-beating incubator SETsquared, is developing integrated hardware, software and high-value research capabilities for use by...

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Brexit defence strategy continues to pay off for SCISYS as it hails strong order book

June 6, 2019
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Brexit defence strategy continues to pay off for SCISYS as it hails strong order book

Specialist IT group SCISYS has said its action to avoid the impact of Brexit on its European space business was continuing to pay off with a strong order book. The group, which has a base in Brislington, moved its parent company from the UK to Ireland last year to...

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Powerful business and civic delegation to build transatlantic ties on visit to US East Coast

May 31, 2019
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Powerful business and civic delegation to build transatlantic ties on visit to US East Coast

A high-powered delegation of business and civic leaders heads to the US this weekend to promote Bristol as a vibrant business, creative and cultural hub. Led by Mayor Marvin Rees and West of England Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, the seven-day trip will include high-profile meetings with business, civic and...

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More growth for Bristol mid-air touch pioneer Ultrahaptics as it combines with US firm

May 31, 2019
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More growth for Bristol mid-air touch pioneer Ultrahaptics as it combines with US firm

Bristol-based mid-air touch technology firm Ultrahaptics has struck a deal with long-term US collaborator Leap Motion to create a major force in its fast-growing sector. While Ultrahaptics, which last December completed a £35m Series C round of investment, described the move as a ‘combination’, trade media reported that it...

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Bristol film, gaming and tech talent named among UK’s top 50 creatives

May 31, 2019
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Bristol film, gaming and tech talent named among UK’s top 50 creatives

Creative talent from Bristol has been recognised in a list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and disruptive individuals and companies in the sector. Creative England’s annual CE50 uncovers the pioneers across the UK’s film, games and digital media industries.  Those included in the list are chosen by industry...

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University of Bristol students’ innovative way of promoting parental leave wins design award

May 30, 2019
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University of Bristol students’ innovative way of promoting parental leave wins design award

A team of students from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has won a prestigious design award for a challenge to increase the take-up of shared parental leave. The three students worked on a brief set by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts,...

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Fintech master’s to be launched by UWE as sector continues to gather strength in Bristol

May 30, 2019
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Fintech master’s to be launched by UWE as sector continues to gather strength in Bristol

UWE is to start a master’s degree in fintech in September to prepare students for the regulatory and ethical challenges likely to arise from the mass take-up of new disruptive technologies. It will also give them the chance to gain in-depth knowledge on subjects including cryptocurrencies, Blockchain technology and...

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TLT’s fast-growth team helps secure £3.5m investment for expanding e-learning firm

May 29, 2019
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TLT’s fast-growth team helps secure £3.5m investment for expanding e-learning firm

Innovative digital e-learning platform Elucidat has been advised by lawyers from the Bristol head office of national law firm TLT on a £3.5m funding aimed at speeding up its growth. The Series A investment from YFM Equity Partners will also be used by Brighton-based Elucidat to invest in staff...

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Bristol office opening for BOOST&Co as it looks to support city’s fast-growing businesses

May 24, 2019
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Bristol office opening for BOOST&Co as it looks to support city’s fast-growing businesses

Independent asset management firm BOOST&Co has officially opened its Bristol office to offer growth capital to fast-growing and hi-tech small and medium-sized businesses across the South West. The office, in Orchard Street in the city centre, is led by principal Lauren Couch, pictured, who has 17 years’ experience in...

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Investment in Bristol biotech firm as it looks to take its innovative adhesives from lab to pilot trials

May 17, 2019
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Investment in Bristol biotech firm as it looks to take its innovative adhesives from lab to pilot trials

University of Bristol biotech spin-out Zentraxa is raising £500,000 to start full trials of its unique manufacturing process that produces biological adhesives for use in the healthcare sector. The firm, which has its roots in the university’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre, hopes to commercialise the produce, called Zentide.  It...

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