Technology

TLT advises on $1.8m venture capital funding for fast-growing software-as-a-service provider

February 16, 2015
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TLT advises on $1.8m venture capital funding for fast-growing software-as-a-service provider

TLT, the Bristol-headquartered law firm, has advised venture capital firm Sussex Place Ventures on its investment in expanding UK firm Kimble Applications, one of Europe’s leading professional services automation (PSA) providers. The investment, part of a $1.8m (£1.2m) equity fundraising, will allow Kimble Applications to further expand its international...

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New research shows South West tech firms predict strong growth

February 13, 2015
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New research shows South West tech firms predict strong growth

South West tech firms are poised to grow at four times the rate of the economy this year, according to new research. Some 58% of the firms quizzed as part of Barclays’ Fast Growth Tech survey said they expect their business to grow by up to 10%, with 19%...

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Bristol tech innovator ClusterHQ poised for rapid growth after raising £8m from US funds

February 6, 2015
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Bristol tech innovator ClusterHQ poised for rapid growth after raising £8m from US funds

ClusterHQ, the innovative Bristol-based company pioneering cutting-edge technology used by software developers, has raised £8m from two US tech funds to recruit more staff and place its products on the world stage. ClusterHQ, formerly called HybridCluster and once described as among the most exciting to come out of Bristol...

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City ready to get smart after council cabinet gives go-ahead to Bristol Is Open project

February 6, 2015
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City ready to get smart after council cabinet gives go-ahead to Bristol Is Open project

The innovative smart city initiative Bristol Is Open has received unanimous support from the city council cabinet, enabling the University of Bristol’s research and council-owned infrastructure to come together for the first time. As report by Bristol Business News last week, Bristol Is Open will manage the Open Programmable City...

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Major new report ranks Bristol as UK’s top tech city outside London

February 5, 2015
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Major new report ranks Bristol as UK’s top tech city outside London

The Bristol & Bath area has been named as the UK’s most important centre for the fast-growing digital industry outside of London. A major new report – called Powering a Digital Economy 2015 – says the area is home to a globally-significant cluster of innovative businesses and a hotbed...

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Bristol ready to get smart by creating world-leading test-bed for innovative tech-based ideas

January 30, 2015
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Bristol ready to get smart by creating world-leading test-bed for innovative tech-based ideas

Bristol’s ambition to become a leading ‘smart’ city with an experimental high-speed network linking academics and businesses to create new tech-based products and services is set to take a major step forward. The first joint venture between the city council and the University of Bristol – known as Bristol...

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Chairman role at Bristol R&D tax credit firm for city tech entrepreneur Mark Mason

January 27, 2015
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Chairman role at Bristol R&D tax credit firm for city tech entrepreneur Mark Mason

Bristol digital entrepreneur Mark Mason has joined the leadership team of city-based research and development tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown to help it continue to grow. He will also seek to improve access for tech firms to the high levels of tax relief they may be eligible to claim against...

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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the...

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Low-carbon buses to be trialled in Bristol during Green Capital year in bid to clean up city’s air pollution

January 9, 2015
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Low-carbon buses to be trialled in Bristol during Green Capital year in bid to clean up city’s air pollution

Bristol is to become a test bed for hybrid buses that can automatically switch from diesel to electric power to reduce emissions in areas of the city with poor air quality. The vehicles will be piloted on the city’s streets thanks to a £1m Government grant. The trial coincides...

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University of Bristol gains funding for world-class research into next-generation semiconductors

January 9, 2015
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University of Bristol gains funding for world-class research into next-generation semiconductors

The University of Bristol is to play a key role in helping the UK develop a hub to manufacture next-generation advanced semiconductor materials. Along with the universities of Bath, Sheffield and Strathclyde and industrial partners, it has received £2.65m from the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to fund research into...

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Thrings looks for virtual advantage with interactive images on Google

January 8, 2015
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Thrings looks for virtual advantage with interactive images on Google

Thrings has become the first law firm in Bristol to include an interactive, 3D virtual tour of its office in the city on Google – a move it believes gives it a commercial advantage over its rivals. Anyone searching for Thrings on Google will see high quality, 360-degree photographs...

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UWE’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

December 19, 2014
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UWE’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

The amount of world-leading research carried out at UWE Bristol has soared by 170%, according to a major new national report. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) show that 57 % of the research submitted by UWE was judged to be either world-leading or internationally excellent....

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Social media and technology are key to Estate Agency of the Year Award wins for Andrews

December 18, 2014
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Social media and technology are key to Estate Agency of the Year Award wins for Andrews

Estate agency and property group Andrews’  innovative use of social media and its pioneering website has helped it collect four awards at the prestigious Estate Agency of the Year Awards, including silver in the Best Large Estate Agency category for the second year running. The Keynsham-based firm, with offices...

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