Technology

West of England tops table for Govt investment with £86m boost to create thousands of jobs

July 7, 2014
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West of England tops table for Govt investment with £86m boost to create thousands of jobs

The Bristol and Bath area is to receive £86.2m of Government funding to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs. The amount is the highest in England and seven times that of London calculated by population size. Bosses at the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which will...

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Eating-out app Wriggle tastes success as innovation hub’s one-minute wonder

July 4, 2014
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Eating-out app Wriggle tastes success as innovation hub’s one-minute wonder

Wriggle, the Bristol-based app which alerts customers to last-minute offers at local bars and restaurants, has landed the top award at the annual SETsquared Innovation Showcase in the city. The firm, based at Bristol SETsquared in the Engine Shed innovation hub Temple Meads – where the innovation showcase was...

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Game-changing field marketing service for retailers launched by Bristol firm eXPD8

July 4, 2014
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Game-changing field marketing service for retailers launched by Bristol firm eXPD8

Bristol-based retail support services firm eXPD8 is set to transform the retail field marketing sector with the launch of a new shared service. The company, which was launched in 2003 and has grown to a turnover of more than £20m, is offering the service to clients so they can...

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Bristol app firm Mubaloo aiming to download region’s top business award

July 4, 2014
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Bristol app firm Mubaloo aiming to download region’s top business award

Mubaloo, the app developer launched by Bristol-based serial entrepreneur Mark Mason, will find out next week if it has joined the ranks of the West of England’s top companies by winning one of the region’s most-coveted business awards. The fast-growing firm is among the four finalists competing for the...

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£16.5m hi-tech enterprise zone to be set up at UWE Bristol

July 3, 2014
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£16.5m hi-tech enterprise zone to be set up at UWE Bristol

Bristol has been named as the location for one of the UK’s first four University Enterprise Zones to help the next generation of hi-tech companies set up and expand. The Enterprise Zone, which is expected to create more than 500 jobs and generate £50m for the local economy, will...

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Bristol’s hi-tech cluster highlighted as world-leader for innovation

July 2, 2014
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Bristol’s hi-tech cluster highlighted as world-leader for innovation

The Bristol and Bath region has been championed as a world-leading centre for innovation in hi-tech, creative and digital media in a major new report. The Centre for Cities/McKinsey & Company survey, which analysed industry clusters across the globe, pinpoints the West of England’s diverse combination of industries and...

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Appetite for tech innovation attracts website Just Eat to set up base in Bristol

June 30, 2014
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Appetite for tech innovation attracts website Just Eat to set up base in Bristol

Fast-growing online takeaway food business Just Eat is to open a specialist technology centre in Bristol – the latest tech firm to be attracted by the city’s reputation for innovation.   The centre will initially be based at the Engine Shed innovation hub at Temple Meads station. It will...

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European number one ranking for Bristol innovation hub SETsquared

June 24, 2014
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European number one ranking for Bristol innovation hub SETsquared

SETsquared, the centre for innovative part run by the University of Bristol, has been named as the top university business incubator in Europe and second best in the world. In a ranking published by the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index, SETsquared, whose Bristol base is at the Engine Shed...

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Back to the future for Bristol’s Engine Shed hi-tech hub as it scoops heritage award

June 20, 2014
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Back to the future for Bristol’s Engine Shed hi-tech hub as it scoops heritage award

The Engine Shed, Bristol’s focal point for innovation, has collected another award for its imaginative reuse of part of Brunel’s original Temple Meads station. The building, re-engineered by Bristol architects Childs & Sulzmann, topped the heritage category in the South West Built Environment Awards. Judges said it “demonstrated a...

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Govt. pledges to invest further £200m in high-growth businesses

June 19, 2014
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Govt. pledges to invest further £200m in high-growth businesses

Ambitious West businesses are being invited to bid for a share of a £200m investment pot – the latest phase of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). Firms applying for round six of the RGF, launched this week by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will be following in the...

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Trio of Bristol bosses scoop coveted Institute of Directors regional awards

June 13, 2014
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Trio of Bristol bosses scoop coveted Institute of Directors regional awards

Three Bristol directors have been recognised as among the best in the South West at the prestigious Institute of Directors’ annual regional awards. Nick Sturge, co-founder of enterprise hub The Engine Shed at Temple Meads, which houses the SETsquared innovation centre, won the Public Sector Director title. Julia Clarke,...

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Bristol bosses go head-to-head this evening in coveted SW Institute of Directors awards

June 12, 2014
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Seven directors running businesses based in and around Bristol will this evening find out if they have been successful in the prestigious South West Institute of Directors (IoD) awards. Competing for the awards, which celebrate excellence in the boardroom, are Nick Sturge, co-founder of the enterprise hub The Engine...

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China’s Huawei to set up £125m R&D centre in Bristol as part of massive UK expansion

June 11, 2014
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China’s Huawei to set up £125m R&D centre in Bristol as part of massive UK expansion

Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is to open a research and development base in Bristol, it revealed this week. The centre, part of its UK Innovation Programme, will initially recruit 30 high-calibre R&D employees and have a primary focus on researching ICT chips, software, and the analog chip technology...

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