Advanced manufacturing

International urban innovation award puts Bristol among world’s ‘smartest’ cities

December 3, 2014
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International urban innovation award puts Bristol among world’s ‘smartest’ cities

Bristol’s pioneering use of digital technology to improve the lives of its residents has earned it a major international award that places it among the world’s most-innovative cities. The International Award for Urban Innovation was presented to Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson at an event hosted by the municipal...

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Colourful campaign draws on Bristol’s street art scene to get more firms selling overseas

December 2, 2014
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Colourful campaign draws on Bristol’s street art scene to get more firms selling overseas

Export chiefs hope that a former shipping container covered with colourful street art will hold the key to getting more Bristol firms to take their business to the world. Launched this week outside the city’s Engine Shed innovation hub, Business West’s #GetExporting campaign highlights the benefits of exporting in...

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Green light for M49 junction to open up Avonmouth and Severnside for development

December 1, 2014
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Green light for M49 junction to open up Avonmouth and Severnside for development

Economic development in the Avonmouth and Severnside areas has been given a massive boost after the Government today finally gave the go ahead to a new junction on the M49 near Bristol. South Gloucestershire Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership first made a plea for the...

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£18m investment boost for Rolls-Royce Bristol plant as it lands A400M engine repair work

December 1, 2014
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£18m investment boost for Rolls-Royce Bristol plant as it lands A400M engine repair work

Aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce is to invest £18m in its Bristol plant to repair and maintain engines for the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft. With the planes now entering service with the RAF, the plant at Patchway has been chosen as the location for a new facility to perform maintenance,...

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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

November 28, 2014
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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

Innovation incubator SETsquared, which is backed by the University of Bristol, has unveiled two new projects – a £3.2m programme to speed up the commercialisation of university research and a partnership with academic health science networks to help NHS patients. The double boost was announced as it staged a...

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Private equity stake puts flight simulator firm Stirling Dynamics on course for growth

November 28, 2014
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Private equity stake puts flight simulator firm Stirling Dynamics on course for growth

Stirling Dynamics, the Bristol-based specialised advanced engineering firm, is to step up product development after selling a majority stake to private equity house Endless. The firm, which employs 102 people, provides advanced engineering design services to the aerospace, marine and energy sectors focusing on active control technologies, aerospace engineering...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 28, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The...

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Business groups urge Chancellor to boost economy not play politics in next week’s Autumn Statement

November 27, 2014
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Business groups urge Chancellor to boost economy not play politics in next week’s Autumn Statement

Chancellor George Osborne has been asked to play Santa in next week’s Autumn Statement and give Bristol firms three early Christmas presents – action on business rates, infrastructure and apprenticeships. The wish-list comes from Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative. It...

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Mulberry bags top French designer as it looks to draw line under its financial woes

November 27, 2014
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Mulberry bags top French designer as it looks to draw line under its financial woes

Luxury goods brand Mulberry has appointed the head designer of French ready-to-wear fashion house Céline as its new creative director. Johnny Coca will join Mulberry, best known for its leather bags, next July from Paris-based Céline, where he is currently head design director for leather goods, shoes, hard accessories,...

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Pioneering Bristol eco-firm’s poo-powered bus takes to the streets

November 21, 2014
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Pioneering Bristol eco-firm’s poo-powered bus takes to the streets

The UK’s first bus powered by human waste has taken to the road in Bristol in a move its Avonmouth-based engineers believe could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport by cutting emissions in polluted towns and cities. The 40-seater Bio-Bus runs on gas generated through the treatment...

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Chancellor urged to use his Autumn Statement to boost spending on innovation and infrastructure

November 21, 2014
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Chancellor urged to use his Autumn Statement to boost spending on innovation and infrastructure

Manufacturers across the South West are calling for a massive boost to infrastructure and innovation in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement to build on the strong economic recovery and lay foundations for longer-term economic growth. The call comes from the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in its submission to the...

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Bristol tech pioneers take pitching for investment to new level in Europe’s tallest building

November 21, 2014
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Bristol tech pioneers take pitching for investment to new level in Europe’s tallest building

Two of Bristol’s most-exciting tech innovators are to bid for funding worth £30m in front of an audience made up of some of the UK’s top investors. The firms, based in the city’s SETsquared innovation incubator, will take part in the real-life Dragon’s Den-style showcase at The Shard in...

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Minister’s visit backs Bristol’s position as hotbed for energy innovation

November 20, 2014
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Minister’s visit backs Bristol’s position as hotbed for energy innovation

Innovative Bristol firms developing sustainable ways of producing and using energy have had the chance to showcase their pioneering work to a Government minister. Energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd visited the region on Tuesday to discover how the South West is leading the world in low carbon...

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