Advanced manufacturing

Star role in space exploration project for West IT group SciSys

May 13, 2014
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Star role in space exploration project for West IT group SciSys

Specialist software and IT group SciSys has landed a €1.2m (£980,000) contract to work on the next generation of planetary rovers and robots for future space missions. The group, which has an office in Bristol and whose roots are in the space industry, is to work with the European...

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Space Engineering on launch pad for further growth after US giant buys minority stake

May 9, 2014
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Space Engineering on launch pad for further growth after US giant buys minority stake

US specialist manufacturer Hill Phoenix has acquired a minority stake in Space Engineering Services, the Bristol specialist refrigeration and ventilation firm. Under the deal, financial details of which remain confidential, Space Engineering will work closely with new sister companies Danish CO2 specialist Advansor and glass door manufacturer Anthony International....

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Funding sought for innovative Bristol eco-clothing firm’s ‘game-changing’ t-shirts

May 7, 2014
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Funding sought for innovative Bristol eco-clothing firm’s ‘game-changing’ t-shirts

Bristol bamboo clothing firm Mabboo is to launch what it says is a game-changer in t-shirt production by combining eco-fabric from the world’s most-sustainable plant with the least-harmful manufacturing process now available. The result, according to Mabboo owner and entrepreneur Ed Cheney, is the ‘holy grail’ of making ethical...

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Stock cuts hit Imperial Tobacco’s profits as it looks to build its power brands

May 7, 2014
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Stock cuts hit Imperial Tobacco’s profits as it looks to build its power brands

Profits and revenues have declined at Bristol-based Imperial Tobacco as it continues to concentrate on its top-performing brands and make major savings by reducing its stock. The group, Europe’s second-largest tobacco company, today reported a 4% fall in adjusted half-year operating profits to £1.37bn on total revenues down 5%...

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Global expert strengthens AECOM’s Bristol office

May 6, 2014
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Global expert strengthens AECOM’s Bristol office

AECOM, the international technical and support services consultancy, has appointed Dr Gordon Mudge as global director of its impact assessment and permitting (IAP) practice based in its Bristol office. Dr Mudge, pictured, brings more than 25 years of extensive international experience to the role, having worked in more than...

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Bristol AstraZeneca workers fear Pfizer takeover will be ‘another Cadbury’ and lead to job losses

May 2, 2014
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Bristol AstraZeneca workers fear Pfizer takeover will be ‘another Cadbury’ and lead to job losses

Hundreds of Bristol workers at drugs giant AstraZeneca are caught in the middle of the UK’s biggest-ever takeover battle as MPs urge regulators to ensure they don’t become the victims of another job-cutting cross-border deal. AstraZeneca employs around 250 people at its giant Avlon works at Severnside which produces...

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Bristol’s inward investment agency’s 500-plus job creation tally in first year of business

May 2, 2014
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Bristol’s inward investment agency’s 500-plus job creation tally in first year of business

Invest Bristol & Bath, the inward investment body for the West of England, has helped 30 companies locate or expand in the area in its first year of operation. These businesses, from a mix of sectors including creative, low carbon, hi-tech, and advanced engineering and aerospace, have the potential...

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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Bristol with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

April 29, 2014
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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Bristol with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

The economic recovery is on a “firm footing” and Bristol businesses are reaping the benefits, according to Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Its managing director Phil Smith said today’s official figures showing the UK economy grew by 0.8% in the first three months of...

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Rolls-Royce’s Bristol aero-engine innovation in running for prestigious engineering award

April 25, 2014
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Rolls-Royce’s Bristol aero-engine innovation in running for prestigious engineering award

The Bristol-based team behind aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce’s world-leading short take-off and vertical landing system – which will power the supersonic Joint Strike Fighter – have been nominated for the UK’s longest-running and most prestigious engineering prize  The LiftSystem is the world’s first project of its kind and is one...

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Smart Cities China trade mission event will focus on hi-tech and green tech opportunities

April 25, 2014
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Smart Cities China trade mission event will focus on hi-tech and green tech opportunities

Two Bristol companies in the hi-tech and green tech sectors will share their experiences of doing business in China at an event next week to promote this November’s Smart Cities trade mission. Organisers of the visit want to tap into and showcase Bristol’s world-class hi-tech and green tech sectors...

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Govt’s £7m Green Capital funding boost puts Bristol at heart of clean tech industry

April 25, 2014
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Govt’s £7m Green Capital funding boost puts Bristol at heart of clean tech industry

Bristol is to receive £7m from the Government to support it as European Green Capital next year, including a global clean technology festival and a series of international summits on climate change. The funding, announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander on a visit to the...

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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

April 24, 2014
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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

A trade mission to China to help unlock opportunities for small and medium-sized West businesses has been announced by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West. While China is well known as the world’s fastest-growing major economy, with growth rates averaging around 10% over the past 30 years, and...

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Engine Shed’s latest departure is platform for creativity as it connects art with innovation

April 17, 2014
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Engine Shed’s latest departure is platform for creativity as it connects art with innovation

The Engine Shed, Bristol’s focal point for innovation, has officially opened its latest initiative – public art space Platform 14. Named after nearby Bristol Temple Meads railway station’s ‘missing’ platform, Platform 14 aims to highlight the diversity of opportunity within the hi- tech, low carbon and creative sectors within...

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