Technology

Innovative social media project aims to put Park Street at forefront of retail e-revolution

March 27, 2014
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Innovative social media project aims to put Park Street at forefront of retail e-revolution

Bristol’s Park Street is to be a test bed for a pioneering digital marketing project that aims to boost business for its stores by harnessing the power of social media. The trailblazing initiative – only the second of its kind in the UK – will enable the iconic street’s shops,...

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New innovation director to head the successful SETsquared incubator network

March 27, 2014
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New innovation director to head the successful SETsquared incubator network

The SETsquared network, the UK’s top university business incubator with a base in Bristol, has appointed Simon Bond as its new head. As innovation director, Simon, pictured, the former director of the SETsquared innovation centre at the University of Bath, will oversee the way the partnership incubates hi- tech...

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Tech services firm Kainos to create up to 50 jobs as it opens Bristol office

March 25, 2014
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Tech services firm Kainos to create up to 50 jobs as it opens Bristol office

Fast-growing digital company Kainos has opened an office in Bristol, creating up to 50 jobs and strengthening the city’s reputation as a hub for ambitious firms operating in the tech sector. The Belfast-headquartered firm, which supplies a range of support services mainly to the healthcare, public sector and financial...

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BUDGET 2014: Help for Bristol’s key tech, creative and manufacturing industries

March 21, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Help for Bristol’s key tech, creative and manufacturing industries

Bristol’s standing as a hub for the hi-tech, creative and advanced engineering sectors received some welcome boosts in this week’s Budget. There was help for businesses moving to the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, its filmmakers through increased tax breaks, its growing cyber security industry through investment and its...

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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

March 21, 2014
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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

Bristol firms with expansion potential can apply for growth funding to a £25m pot of Government cash launched this week. The West of England Growth Fund aims to bring about job creation and private sector investment that would otherwise not have happened, or that can be accelerated through public...

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BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

Measures that will help Bristol’s recovery from recession in this week's Budget were welcomed by business leaders and professiona advisers in the city. Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, said the Chancellor had delivered on many items on its wish-list. Executive directorJames...

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Keen interest in Bristol as city sets out its £1bn stall to global property developers

March 14, 2014
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Keen interest in Bristol as city sets out its £1bn stall to global property developers

Major international property firms and investors have shown “fantastic” interest in Bristol’s development sites – with one poised to bring 50 new jobs to the city’s Enterprise Zone. A high-profile team from the city has spent the week at MIPIM, the world’s largest commercial property industry gathering this week...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Bristol businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada to explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Redcliffe Hill, on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest...

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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bristol’s micro-chip innovation

February 21, 2014
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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bristol’s micro-chip innovation

Bristol’s world-class expertise in micro-electronics is to play a crucial role in the recently-announced Smart Cities Trade Mission to China later this year. Bristol boasts the world’s second-largest cluster of micro-chip design expertise outside of California’s Silicon Valley. Many of its leading-edge firms have become global players in the...

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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

February 21, 2014
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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

West firms of all sizes are being urged to enter their directors in the region’s top award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 celebrate the achievements of the region’s outstanding business people and their contribution to the its...

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How we lead in fostering student innovation: UWE vice-chancellor to speak on high-profile panel

February 21, 2014
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How we lead in fostering student innovation: UWE vice-chancellor to speak on high-profile panel

UWE vice-chancellor Professor Steve West has been selected to take part in a panel debate on how best to foster student innovation and entrepreneurship. Chaired by Guardian Universities editor Judy Friedberg at The Guardian University Forum 2014, the panel will consider the role universities play in nurturing student entrepreneurship...

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Pioneering software system proves hot stuff for cold storage warehouse

February 21, 2014
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Pioneering software system proves hot stuff for cold storage warehouse

Portishead-based bespoke software developer Amethyst Systems has secured a major contract that is already revolutionising the UK’s most advanced cold storage facility, enabling it to move a record number of pallets. Amethyst has completely overhauled Freezeserve’s warehouse system in Liverpool, replacing its existing SAP-based system with state-of-the-art technology that...

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China trade mission will showcase Bristol’s green, tech and creative innovation

February 14, 2014
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China trade mission will showcase Bristol’s green, tech and creative innovation

Bristol’s innovation in the green, hi-tech and creative industries is to be championed in China through a unique trade mission which aims to open up valuable new markets for businesses in these key sectors. Taking the ‘Smart Cities’ concept as its theme, the November visit will give 10 Bristol...

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