Advanced manufacturing

Queen’s Awards recognise Bath firms’ innovation, international trade and sustainable development

April 26, 2019
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Queen’s Awards recognise Bath firms’ innovation, international trade and sustainable development

Three Bath area businesses have this week been celebrating winning a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of their contribution to the UK economy. Bath creative, branding and communications agency Emberson Group received the award for international trade for its “excellence and sustained growth in international trade”.  Group managing director Clare Pratt said...

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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

April 12, 2019
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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

Confidence levels among West of England firms have dropped significantly – with orders and sales also down – according to the latest survey by Business West, with the region’s largest business organisation blaming Brexit uncertainty for the slump. All measures in the survey of around 500 firms were in the red. Export sales and...

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Funding sought by Bath firm that aims to cut the cost – and waste – of minor car repairs

April 11, 2019
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Funding sought by Bath firm that aims to cut the cost – and waste – of minor car repairs

A Bath-based business innovating the way plastic car parts can be repaired is seeking investment to take it to the next level. Pinweld, based at the University of Bath Innovation Centre, is exploring the use of precision weld technology to fix plastic bumpers and other parts that are easily damaged but expensive to repair. ...

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Research reveals high growth potential of South West’s entrepreneurial businesses

April 5, 2019
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Research reveals high growth potential of South West’s entrepreneurial businesses

More than 900 private firms in the South West have the potential to grow exponentially and create thousands of jobs, according to new research. These 937 businesses have generated £2.8bn of turnover growth and created nearly 13,500 jobs in the past three years, the report by investment group BGF shows.  The research identified nearly...

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Successful premium networking group to launch in Bath next month

April 5, 2019
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Successful premium networking group to launch in Bath next month

A new style of premium business networking comes to Bath next month when a highly successful Bristol group holds its first meeting in the area. EVO (Evolution Business Networking) has earned a reputation as the South West’s freshest business networking company since launching in Bristol three years ago.  The membership-based network has already attracted...

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New jobs on the cards as labels firm unveils ambitious growth plan for factory

April 5, 2019
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New jobs on the cards as labels firm unveils ambitious growth plan for factory

Specialist labels firm CCL Design UK is aiming to double its factory’s turnover and create up to 40 jobs as it seeks to build on its success since acquiring the site a year ago. CCL, the UK design arm of the world’s largest label maker CCL Industries, bought Chippenham-based Fascia Graphics last February in a...

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Power train pioneers to kit out University of Bath’s world-leading automotive research centre

April 5, 2019
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Power train pioneers to kit out University of Bath’s world-leading automotive research centre

The University of Bath has appointed a world leader in power trains to supply the equipment for its new £70m ‘car of the future’ research facility. Expert teams at the university and Austrian-based AVL will form a unique partnership to advance knowledge in power trains – the engine, transmission, drive shaft and axles –...

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Site cements its place on shortlist for Heathrow logistics hub to help airport build third runway

March 29, 2019
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Site cements its place on shortlist for Heathrow logistics hub to help airport build third runway

A former cement works has been shortlisted as a possible site for a logistics hub linked to Heathrow Airport’s expansion. The West Wiltshire site, owned by construction materials giant Tarmac, has made it onto the 18-strong shortlist for potential locations for four regional hubs which will pre-assemble components for the expanded airport.  These components...

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Schools to battle it out in contest aimed at widening diversity and inclusion in cyber security industry

March 29, 2019
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Schools to battle it out in contest aimed at widening diversity and inclusion in cyber security industry

Schools from across Bath and the West of England will battle it out tomorrow to become the regional champion in a new competition aimed at encouraging more women and girls into cyber security jobs. The top-performing schools that took part in a recent NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) CyberFirst competition for 13-year-old girls have...

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US defence contract win for Avon Rubber secures mask orders for up to seven years

March 28, 2019
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US defence contract win for Avon Rubber secures mask orders for up to seven years

Specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has secured a contract worth up to $246m (£187m) with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to supply its latest protective masks. Melksham-based Avon, which makes respirators for military, homeland security and first responder customers as well as rubber products for the dairy industry, has developed the M53A1 mask, pictured,...

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