Advanced manufacturing

Manufacturer gets on board for innovation with £250,000 laboratory

January 24, 2014
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Manufacturer gets on board for innovation with £250,000 laboratory

Plasterboard manufacturer and supplier Siniat has opened a £250,000 state-of-the-art laboratory at its flagship Portbury manufacturing plant. The lab – the latest step in a long-term vision to improving the site, formerly owned by Lafarge Plasterboard – provides a modern, high-spec environment for Siniat’s production, maintenance and quality assurance...

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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

January 24, 2014
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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

Accountants PwC have launched their annual search for the region’s best companies with the 2014 West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Previous winners of the awards, now in their 26th year, read like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected...

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GKN boosts aerospace apprenticeships at its Bristol plants

January 21, 2014
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GKN boosts aerospace apprenticeships at its Bristol plants

GKN Aerospace, the advanced engineering firm, is to increase its intake of apprentices as production is stepped up at its two major plants in Bristol. The firm, which produces wing parts for aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Lockheed Martin at the plants at Filton and Western Approach, Severnside,...

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Workshop will expore financing growth options for West’s expanding small manufacturers

January 17, 2014
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Workshop will expore financing growth options for West’s expanding small manufacturers

Owners and directors of small and medium-sized manufacturers are being invited to a free workshop in Bristol to gain expert advice on a range of financial issues. Staged by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) in partnership with business and financial advisors Grant Thornton, the event on January 28 will...

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Boeing lands double blow on Airbus as soaring orders and deliveries look set to give it No1 slot

January 10, 2014
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Boeing lands double blow on Airbus as soaring orders and deliveries look set to give it No1 slot

European aerospace giant Airbus could find itself in second place again behind US rival Boeing for aircraft deliveries and orders in 2013 when it releases its annual figures on Monday. Earlier this week Boeing revealed record deliveries and orders for last year, putting it on track to claim the...

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New Year’s Honours for Bristol business leaders

December 31, 2013
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New Year’s Honours for Bristol business leaders

Some of Bristol’s best-known business figures have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Peter Hargreaves, the co-founder of Bristol-based investment services provider Hargreaves Lansdown, has been awarded the CBE for services to business, innovation, financial services. Don Cameron, founder of Bristol-based Cameron Balloons and figurehead for the...

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AirAsia deal lifts Airbus but major blow for Rolls-Royce as it misses out on Typhoon order

December 20, 2013
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AirAsia deal lifts Airbus but major blow for Rolls-Royce as it misses out on Typhoon order

Airbus has landed a significant pre-Christmas boost for its long-established A330 long-haul aircraft with a firm order for 25 from fast-growing low-cost carrier AirAsia X. The £3.67bn contract, the largest one-off order for A330s order received by Airbus, is good news for the 5,000 workers at Airbus’s Filton engineering...

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Strong bounce back by businesses points to steady growth in 2014

December 16, 2013
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Strong bounce back by businesses points to steady growth in 2014

Business confidence is running at its highest level for more than three years as the recovery gathers pace and firms put austerity behind them at last. Manufacturers in particular are upbeat about their prospects going into the new year, according to the latest Business Trends report by accountants BDO....

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What’s the big idea? Bristol firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

December 16, 2013
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What’s the big idea? Bristol firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

Ideas on the best way to create sustainable jobs and growth across the West of England are being invited from Bristol firms. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today launches a six-week public consultation on its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) – a blueprint for growth over the next six years....

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Supercomputer centre logs on to give Bristol powerful test-bed for innovation

December 11, 2013
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Supercomputer centre logs on to give Bristol powerful test-bed for innovation

Bristol’s world-leading supercomputing centre, which is used to tackle major industrial and social problems, has officially started work in its new base. The massive computing power at the state-of-the-art Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS) allows it to solve highly-complex calculations – making it possible to explore and test...

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National acclaim for Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub just a week after opening

December 11, 2013
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National acclaim for Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub just a week after opening

Bristol’s newly-opened Engine Shed, which houses the University of Bristol’s business incubator SETsquared, has gained recognition in a national awards scheme for its highly-connected location and the entrepreneurial heritage of the building. The Engine Shed, part of Brunel’s original station at Temple Meads, was also praised for the ‘oxygen...

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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

December 10, 2013
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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

The Manufacturing Advisory Service has appointed a supply chain specialist in the South West to ensure that manufacturers gain a significant share of the lucrative opportunities presented by the UK’s burgeoning offshore wind market. Nick Kirsop-Taylor, pictured, will help firms tap into the recently-launched £20m GROW:OffshoreWind service that supports...

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Engine Shed hi-tech hub puts Bristol on fast track for innovation and growth

December 6, 2013
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Engine Shed hi-tech hub puts Bristol on fast track for innovation and growth

Bristol is in the driving seat for world-class innovation and creativity following the transformation of the Engine Shed at Brunel’s original Temple Meads station into a hi-tech enterprise hub, guests at its official opening were told. The building, once Bristol’s gateway to the world, has been transformed into a...

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