Advanced manufacturing

Shortlisting for Bristol bid to turn former nuclear power station into world’s first ‘fusion’ plant

October 15, 2021
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Shortlisting for Bristol bid to turn former nuclear power station into world’s first ‘fusion’ plant

A decommissioned nuclear power station on Bristol’s doorstep has taken another step closer to becoming the site of the world’s first full-scale ‘fusion’ plant. Under the scheme the site at Oldbury-on-Severn, north of Bristol on the banks of the River Severn, would harness the game-changing new form of clean power...

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University of Bristol starts deep tech pre-incubator in quest to create more quantum start-ups

October 13, 2021
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University of Bristol starts deep tech pre-incubator in quest to create more quantum start-ups

A pre-incubator programme to support new quantum, engineering and scientific technology companies has been launched by the University of Bristol. The university already has a strong track record in contributing to the development of the UK quantum industry, having helped originate a third of all UK quantum start-ups.  Its...

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Rising costs and labour shortages combine to end post-pandemic rise in business confidence

October 11, 2021
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Rising costs and labour shortages combine to end post-pandemic rise in business confidence

West of England businesses are warning that the economic recovery from the pandemic is at risk due to growing inflationary pressures and worker shortages. A third of the 250-plus firms taking part in the latest quarterly survey by regional business group Business West said they had to increase their prices...

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Pioneering Tech for Growth programme extended to help more firms ramp up their digital activity

October 8, 2021
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Pioneering Tech for Growth programme extended to help more firms ramp up their digital activity

Small businesses in Bristol and across the West of England are being offered help to improve their digital presence to enable them to grow. The Tech for Growth programme will match businesses with a consultant and support them with up to four days of hands-on assistance to develop and...

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Burges Salmon launches BScale platform to support innovative new tech firms

October 8, 2021
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Burges Salmon launches BScale platform to support innovative new tech firms

An innovative technology platform to provide legal services to fast-growth companies in the tech sector throughout their life-cycle has been started by Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon. Aimed at start-ups, scale-ups, founders and investors, BScale will offer a depth of knowledge to enable them to work through mission-critical funding rounds, the inevitable...

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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

October 6, 2021
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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has been certified as a B Corporation, joining an elite, forward-looking global community that balances profit with people and the planet. The B Corp movement encourages organisations to take an ethical approach to business to make a positive difference in the world. ...

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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

October 5, 2021
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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

More than £1m has been pledged by businesses and organisations across the West of England from their unused apprenticeship levy funds to help people in the region develop new skills. The funds have gone to the Share to Support scheme, which was launched earlier this year to create vital...

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Recognition for University of Bristol’s crucial role in launching string of successful spin-outs

October 1, 2021
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Recognition for University of Bristol’s crucial role in launching string of successful spin-outs

The University of Bristol has been named as one of the UK’s most prolific for commercialising innovation and producing successful spin-out businesses. The University Spinout Report 2021,produced by R&D tax relief firm GovGrant, ranks Bristol fifth for its achievements in producing thriving businesses over the past two decades.  Over...

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National rail industry accolade for innovative tech firm helping to keep the trains running

October 1, 2021
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National rail industry accolade for innovative tech firm helping to keep the trains running

Using its pioneering video technology to help cut the number of train delays has earned Bristol-based One Big Circle a prestigious rail industry award. The firm, whose revolutionary AIVR (Automated Intelligent Video Review) on-train technology is being used by Network Rail, topped the ‘Innovation of the Year’ category at...

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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

October 1, 2021
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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

The South West’s key sectors could suffer irreparable damage unless the government starts to tackle the shortage of workers by easing EU visa restrictions, the region’s business leaders today warned. But even providing temporary visas for jobs such as drivers and food workers would only be a short-term measure...

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Bristol firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

September 30, 2021
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Bristol firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

A programme designed to break down barriers and support more disabled people into work is being launched in Bristol and across the West of England. Some 100 businesses will receive tailored, targeted disability inclusion training to help them create a more diverse workforce.   The project, part of the Workforce...

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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

September 24, 2021
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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

Bristol-based serial social entrepreneur and community activist Jaya Chakrabarti MBE has become the new president of city’s Chamber of Commerce & Initiative – the membership and lobbying organisation at the heart of regional group Business West. Having served as vice-president for seven years, Jaya, pictured, replaces outgoing president Richard...

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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

September 23, 2021
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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

SETsquared, the globally acclaimed, University of Bristol-supported business incubator, has expanded with the addition of Cardiff University. Cardiff has become the sixth member of the partnership, which has been named three times as the world’s number one university business incubator.  SETsquared was set up in 2002 by a small...

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