Advanced manufacturing

Awards launched to showcase businesses that are the bee’s knees at caring for region’s pollinators

February 29, 2024
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Awards launched to showcase businesses that are the bee’s knees at caring for region’s pollinators

An awards scheme that champions the West of England’s best bee-friendly businesses is back – with some of the region’s biggest firms promising to create some extra buzz around it. The first Bee Bold Awards were held last year to champion the region’s pollinator champions. Among the winners were Bath digital technology agency Storm, city-based...

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Live webinar: Power to Your Business – Solar from Start to Finish

February 28, 2024
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Live webinar: Power to Your Business – Solar from Start to Finish

Thousands of UK businesses have already switched to solar PV to reduce their carbon emissions and cut costs – are you missing out? For the third webinar in its Power to Your Business series, Solarsense will next week bring together a panel of industry leaders and sustainability experts to answer all your questions on solar –...

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UK’s first master’s degree in applying AI tools to engineering and design launched by Bath Uni

February 26, 2024
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UK’s first master’s degree in applying AI tools to engineering and design launched by Bath Uni

The University of Bath is to introduce the UK’s first master’s degree course focused on applying skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to engineering and design. The MSc in Artificial Intelligence for Engineering and Design at the university, pictured, will equip students with skills in applying AI tools responsibly and ethically, combining engineering and design knowledge...

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Green hydrogen plant opened to power West of England ahead in harnessing ‘fuel of the future’

February 22, 2024
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Green hydrogen plant opened to power West of England ahead in harnessing ‘fuel of the future’

The West of England’s first green hydrogen production and storage plant has been officially opened, underpining the region’s status as a leader in research into what is widely regarded as the fuel of the future. The plant, at the state-of-the-art Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) on the Bristol and Bath Science Park,...

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Bath Rugby Foundation seeks corporate sponsors and fundraising runners to tackle half marathon

February 21, 2024
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Bath Rugby Foundation seeks corporate sponsors and fundraising runners to tackle half marathon

Public entries for this year’s Bath Half Marathon may have sold out but one charity in the city is still looking for runners and sponsors to support its life-changing work with young people. Bath Rugby Foundation, which helps thousands of vulnerable youngsters through inspiring programmes that focus on health, education and employability, has signed...

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New chair to bring international health and beauty experience to refocused Alliance Pharma

February 16, 2024
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Alliance Pharma, the international healthcare group, has appointed a key figure in the global consumer healthcare sector as its new chair. Camillo Pane takes up the post on Monday, replacing Jo LeCouilliard, who has been in the role for five years and who the Chippenham-headquartered firm has accredited with transforming it from a business...

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Politicians urged to act as small firms’ survey paints ‘depressingly familiar’ picture of low confidence

February 2, 2024
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Politicians urged to act as small firms’ survey paints ‘depressingly familiar’ picture of low confidence

The South West’s small firms are the least confident in the UK about their prospects for this year as they continue to struggle against the state of the economy, high labour costs and the lack of available staff. Worryingly, one in five say they may have to cut their workforce to stay in business...

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BGF regional office taps into South West’s wealth of innovative firms to invest total of £70m last year

January 29, 2024
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BGF regional office taps into South West’s wealth of innovative firms to invest total of £70m last year

The South West office of growth finance group invested nearly £70m in small and mid-sized businesses in 2023, taking its total for the past three years to £190m. The long-term investor, which makes initial investments of between £1m to £20m for a minority equity stake, said it backed businesses across a wide range of...

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Pioneering plan looks at reusing old coal mines around Bath to generate renewable energy

January 26, 2024
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Pioneering plan looks at reusing old coal mines around Bath to generate renewable energy

The Bath area’s disused coal mines, which have been sealed up for more than 50 years, could be repurposed to supply clean energy to around 100,000 homes across the region. A major study will look at bringing many of the area’s 100-plus collieries back to life by harnessing their potential as sites for heat...

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Maven boosts South West team and moves to larger office to support new regional investment fund

January 25, 2024
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Maven boosts South West team and moves to larger office to support new regional investment fund

Private equity and investment firm Maven Capital Partners has strengthened its presence in the region to support its delivery of the £200m South West Investment Fund (SWIF). Launched last July by the British Business Bank, WIF aims to boost the supply of finance to small and medium-sized businesses across the South West. Maven manages...

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