Technology

Record investment for SETsquared firms as incubator shrugs off pandemic-induced market turmoil

May 21, 2021
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Record investment for SETsquared firms as incubator shrugs off pandemic-induced market turmoil

Businesses based at SETsquared, the acclaimed incubator backed by the University of Bristol, raised record levels of investment last year despite the coronavirus pandemic’s huge impact on financial markets. Funding from private and public sources totalled £616m, up 40% on 2019. Private investment accounted for 90% of the total...

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Canadian software firm builds UK presence with £12m Bristol proptech acquisition

May 21, 2021
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Canadian software firm builds UK presence with £12m Bristol proptech acquisition

Bristol market-disrupting specialist software firm Terrafirma has been bought by a leading international business in the sector for £12m. Terrafirma, which is based at Aztec West, specialises in identifying ground hazards which may have been hidden for years.  Its team of geologists, soil scientists and mining engineers have developed...

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Call for Bristol firms to take part in UK’s largest ever Race at Work Survey

May 14, 2021
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Call for Bristol firms to take part in UK’s largest ever Race at Work Survey

Bristol businesses are being urged to join hundreds of employers from across the UK by taking part in the country’s largest survey of race in the workplace. City-based DAS Group, Loungers, Osborne Clarke, OVO Energy and Unite Students are already signed up to complete the survey, which is being...

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Bristol and West of England China Bureau to put focus on fintech for its next webinar

May 7, 2021
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Bristol and West of England China Bureau to put focus on fintech for its next webinar

Fintech will be the theme of the next Bristol and West of England China Bureau webinar. The Zoom session, The West of England FinTech Ecosystem – Technology-Driven Innovation, takes place on Thursday, May 13, from 9am-10.30am. Bureau director of business initiatives Richard Lowe, who will be chairing the event,...

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Adventure park looks to future – and aims to cut out the middleman – by embracing cryptocurrencies

May 7, 2021
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Adventure park looks to future – and aims to cut out the middleman – by embracing cryptocurrencies

A family tourist attraction on Bristol’s doorstep has become the first in the South West to allow visitors to pay for their tickets using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park at Keynsham now accepts Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Dai, Litecoin and USD coin having recently...

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California calling for rapid-growth Bristol tech recruiter Paratus People after record year

May 6, 2021
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California calling for rapid-growth Bristol tech recruiter Paratus People after record year

Fast-growing Bristol specialist recruitment firm Paratus People has expanded into the US by opening an office in one of its tech hotspots. The base in Santa Clara, California, the firm’s fourth office opening since it launched just five years ago. It also has bases in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. ...

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‘Best UK workplace’ accolade for Xledger as it develops hybrid Bristol tech hub

April 30, 2021
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‘Best UK workplace’ accolade for Xledger as it develops hybrid Bristol tech hub

Xledger, the global cloud-based finance software provider with its UK headquarters in Bristol, has been named as the country’s third best small company to work for. The firm, which has more than 10,000 mid-market customers in 60-plus countries, appears in the 2021 edition of the UK’s Best Workplaces publication. It is...

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From TikTok to AI, the future of publishing to be explored in unique West of England project

April 30, 2021
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From TikTok to AI, the future of publishing to be explored in unique West of England project

A unique research project to explore what publishing means in the 21st century has been launched in the West of England, a region with a long history and reputation for innovation in the industry. The Amplified Publishing project will look at areas as diverse as children’s animation, gaming, social inclusion,...

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Marked turnaround in optimism among the region’s small business as lockdown eases

April 28, 2021
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Marked turnaround in optimism among the region’s small business as lockdown eases

Small business confidence has staged a dramatic recovery in the South West, according to the results of a new survey, as firms look head to life after lockdown. The latest quarterly survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), conducted among its members last month, reveals levels of optimism...

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Bristol Business Blog: Helen Bassett and Mo Salim, Smith & Williamson. Will RPA change the future of outsourcing?

April 26, 2021
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Being tied down with day-to-day administration can be frustrating, particularly when you would rather be developing your business. Whether you are a busy finance director or an entrepreneur growing a business, keeping your accounting and compliance requirements on track is essential to your success. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) can...

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Bristol Business Manifesto calls on next mayor to tackle city’s ‘deep inequalities’

April 23, 2021
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Bristol Business Manifesto calls on next mayor to tackle city’s ‘deep inequalities’

Candidates standing to be the next Mayor of Bristol have been issued with a ‘business challenge’ to ensure the voice of local firms remain central to the election campaign. Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative at Business West has produced the manifesto for the contenders in the race for...

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£1.2m investment for Bristol firm looking to plug into the power of graphene to boost battery life

April 23, 2021
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£1.2m investment for Bristol firm looking to plug into the power of graphene to boost battery life

Anaphite, the Bristol-based firm launched by two university graduates to look at ways of exploiting the potential of graphene in batteries, has raised £1.2m to step up its innovative work. The firm, founded by scientists Sam Burrow and Alexander Hewitt after they left university, has already developed techniques to...

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Pair of pioneering Bristol businesses land places among top UK tech firms of the future

April 23, 2021
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Pair of pioneering Bristol businesses land places among top UK tech firms of the future

Two innovative Bristol businesses have been named among the UK’s top fast-growth tech firms. Hand-tracking software pioneer Ultraleap and cybersecurity scale-up Immersive Labs are included in the 22 companies joining the Future Fifty programme, Europe’s leading growth programme for late-stage UK tech scale-ups.  Ultraleap, which launched in 2013 and today...

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