Technology

UK’s first paperless pharmacy hails time-saving software developed by Bristol healthtech pioneer

March 25, 2021
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UK’s first paperless pharmacy hails time-saving software developed by Bristol healthtech pioneer

Pioneering technology developed in Bristol by specialist software firm Invatech Health has created the UK’s first paperless pharmacy – saving its owner up to seven hours a day previously spent manually checking prescriptions. Khizer Qureshi, who owns Foxhill Pharmacy in Sheffield, last month processed 16,000 prescriptions on Invatech’s completely...

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Entrepreneurs set up investment fund to help ambitious Bristol start-ups go for growth

March 23, 2021
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Entrepreneurs set up investment fund to help ambitious Bristol start-ups go for growth

A new fund to support start-ups across the South West has been launched by a group of successful Bristol-based entrepreneurs. BPEC Seed is seeking investment opportunities among early-stage, scalable and innovative firms with credible teams and clear marketing opportunity.  It has already made its first – so far unnamed...

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Bristol’s new ‘deep tech’ fund invests £3.5m in city-based cancer therapy pioneer

March 19, 2021
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Bristol’s new ‘deep tech’ fund invests £3.5m in city-based cancer therapy pioneer

New cell therapies to treat solid tumours in cancer patients are to be developed by Bristol firm CytoSeek after it raised £3.5m from city-based Science Creates Ventures. The seed funding is the first investment by Science Creates Ventures (SCV), since it was set up last year as Bristol’s ‘deep...

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Unique opportunity for West of England to become a major hub for legaltech, report shows

March 19, 2021
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Unique opportunity for West of England to become a major hub for legaltech, report shows

The West of England has the potential to become the UK’s leading centre for the fast-growing legaltech sector outside of London, according to a new report. With Bristol and Bath already an established centre for the legal firms – 26 of the UK’s top 100 have a presence in them...

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Sponsored editorial. New rules, new opportunities for businesses

March 19, 2021
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Sponsored editorial. New rules, new opportunities for businesses

Many businesses across the West of England are facing uncertainty and challenges that could not have been foreseen a year ago when the pandemic hit our economy and livelihoods. With our new relationship with Europe, we also know that doing business with Europe has changed. This has meant adapting...

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Network Rail calls in One Big Circle’s intelligent video to detect third rail faults

March 19, 2021
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Network Rail calls in One Big Circle’s intelligent video to detect third rail faults

Train passengers in the South East could soon be thanking Bristol intelligent video specialist One Big Circle for fewer delays after Network Rail contracted the firm to use its pioneering tech to detect critical faults on its lines. One Big Circle is to deploy its award-winning AIVR (Automated Intelligent...

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Bristol fintech firm Parmenion’s new private equity owners promise to maintain its rapid growth

March 12, 2021
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Bristol fintech firm Parmenion’s new private equity owners promise to maintain its rapid growth

Bosses at fast-growing Bristol fintech innovator Parmenion are looking ahead to further expansion following its £102m sale this week by Standard Life Aberdeen to a private equity firm. London-based Preservation Capital Partners (PCP) said it would back Parmenion’s management team in their expansion ambitions.  Parmenion, which has developed market-leading discretionary...

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Bristol to get major biotech research centre after city firm receives £12m investment

March 12, 2021
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Bristol to get major biotech research centre after city firm receives £12m investment

A dedicated cell and gene therapy centre is to be set up in Bristol by city-based bio-pharmaceutical consultancy eXmoor in a move that will increase its staffing from 40 to around 200. In a major boost for Bristol’s emerging biotech sector, the 50,000 sq ft cell and gene therapy...

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Western powerhouse should plug into region’s high-growth sectors to spur economic growth, says report

March 12, 2021
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Western powerhouse should plug into region’s high-growth sectors to spur economic growth, says report

Cyber technology, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy and the green economy should be harnessed to drive recovery and growth in the Western Gateway, the regional powerhouse that includes Bristol, the West of England and South Wales. The recommendation comes in an independent report published this week which also suggests the region...

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Bristol digital engineering experts called in to help HS2 costs stay on track

March 12, 2021
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Bristol digital engineering experts called in to help HS2 costs stay on track

Digital engineering innovation developed by Bristol-based specialist CFMS is helping keep costs down on the UK’s HS2 high-speed rail link now under construction between London and Birmingham. The not-for-profit specialist is harnessing its world-class modelling capability to help improve the design and performance of the controversial project, Britain’s biggest...

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Specialist marketing agencies team up to offer clients powerful combined service

March 11, 2021
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Specialist marketing agencies team up to offer clients powerful combined service

Bristol influencer marketing agency Fourth Floor has teamed up with a Bath consultancy to power-up its offering to clients in the gaming, tech and entertainment sectors. Fourth Floor and Bath-based specialist marketing agency Dialect have both experienced significant growth over the past year due to new client wins and from digital audiences,...

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Bristol Business Blog: Claire Burden, national advisory consulting partner, Smith & Williamson. Building back better

March 10, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: Claire Burden, national advisory consulting partner, Smith & Williamson. Building back better

The pandemic has created a vast agile working experiment that may permanently change the office environment. The past 12 months have seen companies scramble to put technology in place to allow employees to work remotely and to allow businesses to continue as normal, but it has also brought acceptance...

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BUDGET 2021: West of England Combined Authority reaction

March 5, 2021
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BUDGET 2021: West of England Combined Authority reaction

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) welcomed an extra £4.1m investment announced in the Budget to support its efforts to reduce car usage and improve air quality by getting more people to walk, cycle and use public transport. This new money, for the year 2021-22, comes as WECA continues to develop its...

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