Technology

Bristol City Council’s IT spend to be opened up to smaller firms

August 20, 2012
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From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com Bristol’s digital and creative firms are to get a greater chance of bidding for a share of the city council’s £25m annual ICT (Information Communications Technology) budget. The council is changing its strategy on the way it delivers ICT services with smaller packages of work...

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Sunny outlook for Bristol cloud computing pioneer following acquisition

August 3, 2012
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Bristol-based cloud computing company IntY has been acquired by Weather Investments, the telecoms investment vehicle behind the Wind mobile phone brand. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. IntY’s management and operational team will remain unchanged, Weather said. They will drive the business into its next phase...

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Strong end to first half for bouyant IT specialists SciSys

July 26, 2012
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Earlier client deliveries, operating efficiencies and deferred costs helped SciSys, the specialist IT and software firm, finish its first half of 2012 finished more strongly than had been initially expected. The group, which also has an operation in Bristol and its head office inn Chippenham, also said it had...

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UWE Bristol Robotics students enter international underwater vehicle contest

July 2, 2012
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A pioneering underwater robot designed and created by UWE Bristol Robotics students has been entered for a prestigious international engineering competition. It is the third time that a team from the university has taken part in the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge Europe (SAUC-E), which challenges the next generation...

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Pioneering robotics business wins Bristol Uni enterprise contest

June 29, 2012
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A unique concept which brings puppets to life through the use of robotics has won nearly £13,000 in Bristol’s equivalent of Dragons’ Den. The futuristic idea, from Bristol firm Rusty Squid, was one of seven vying for the judges’ votes at the University of Bristol’s New Enterprise Competition. Rusty...

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Upbeat SciSys hints at acquisitions in bullish trading statement

May 31, 2012
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Specialist software developer SciSys issued an upbeat trading statement ahead of today’s annual general meeting, suggesting it could soon hit the acquisition trail. The company, which has a major base in Bristol and its head office in Chippenham, says it opened the year with a comfortable order book of...

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Tech start-ups school gets down to business with sales and marketing advice

May 18, 2012
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Following the successful launch of its Tech Start-up School 2012 on Monday, Science City Bristol is promoting the next sessions in the programme, which focuses on helping launch technology businesses. Next week’s two sessions look at sales and marketing. Research shows that most start-ups that fail do so because...

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Govt’s jump-jet U-turn lifts Bristol’s aerospace industry

May 10, 2012
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Two of the largest firms in Bristol’s aerospace industry are set to benefit from the Government’s U-turn over the UK’s next-generation fighter aircraft. As expected, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today confirmed that the aircraft will be the jump-jet F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) – a move signalled by...

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Roll up, roll up: Osborne’s ‘big top’ launch for Bristol’s enterprise zone

April 27, 2012
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Chancellor George Osborne has officially launched Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, claiming it will help rebalance the economy away from the City of London and the South East. In a short speech this morning made in a ‘big top’ circus tent next to Temple Meads Station, the Chancellor said...

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Companies ‘cannot ignore the smartphone revolution’

April 13, 2012
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West business leaders need to understand how smartphones are changing the way individuals engage with their products and services – or they risk being left behind by the competition. The warning came from Richard Hull, formerly of HP Labs and now managing director of Bristol-based software services company Calvium, in...

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West tech firms wary of building links with BRIC markets

April 13, 2012
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Most medium-sized West technology companies have no plans to invest in new overseas markets over the next year, despite major opportunities in the so-called BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies. New research from accountants and business advisers Grant Thornton shows domestic investment continues to be the number one...

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Buoyant SciSys boosts profits and dividends

March 22, 2012
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Specilaist software developer SciSys today signalled confidence in the future by raising its annual dividend 10% on the back of a rise in pre-tax profits from £1.57m to £2m in 2011. The company, which has a major base in Bristol and its head office in Chippenham, develops information and...

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Business edge: IT simply applied

February 5, 2012
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Ray Smyth of Swindon-based The IPstore says, “Business Continuity is the result of properly planned, expertly executed IT… It is 100% proactive; the rest is just blind panic…” For an organisation using Information Technology (IT) as a routine part of its day-to-day work, the most modest of problems can...

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