Advanced manufacturing

Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent Arnos Vale cemetery heritage site. ...

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CBI warns post-Brexit immigration policies could stop West firms recruiting enough workers

February 12, 2019
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CBI warns post-Brexit immigration policies could stop West firms recruiting enough workers

Firms across the West of England could face “severe difficulties” in employing enough staff to stay in business if government post-Brexit plans to restrict overseas workers come into effect, according to the CBI. An immigration visa system now under consultation could prevent firms employing workers on salaries of less than £30,000 for more than...

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Stronger trade links on the menu at region’s traditional Chinese New Year business banquet

February 6, 2019
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Stronger trade links on the menu at region’s traditional Chinese New Year business banquet

Bath businesses will be able to celebrate the Chinese New Year and look ahead to building improved trade links with the country at the regional China Bureau’s annual banquet later this month. The gala on February 27 has become a key event in the business calendar and this time marks the start of the...

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Next generation of automotive engineers to be trained at world-leading University of Bath centre

February 5, 2019
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Next generation of automotive engineers to be trained at world-leading University of Bath centre

The University of Bath’s reputation as a world-class centre for automotive industry research has moved up another gear after it was awarded major funding to establish a new senior academic training hub. The Doctoral Training Centre (CDT) in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems has received £5m funding from the government’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research...

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£1m scheme for small firms to plug into the power of robotics

February 5, 2019
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£1m scheme for small firms to plug into the power of robotics

Small and medium-sized Bath firms thinking of incorporating robotics and smart automation in their business have the opportunity to try out their ideas under a £1m scheme launched by in the West of England. The SABRE Programme, which is based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus, will link businesses...

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LEP vows to use search for new board members to address its gender imbalance

January 31, 2019
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LEP vows to use search for new board members to address its gender imbalance

The organisation tasked with helping shape the economic future of the West of England is hoping to attract more businesswomen to join its board to go some way to address its major gender imbalance. Out of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) 18 board members, just two are women. Now, as the...

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Capacity boost on way for cheese maker’s production site as it looks to build on strong export growth

January 31, 2019
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Capacity boost on way for cheese maker’s production site as it looks to build on strong export growth

Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and exporter, is to double capacity at its Somerset production site after gaining planning permission. The firm, which has been making its award-winning cheddar to a secret family recipe for more than 150 years, has grown to become one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in...

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Coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards launched with two new categories

January 31, 2019
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Coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards launched with two new categories

Business leaders in Bath are being encouraged to enter one of the region’s top award schemes for recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2019 champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region. Over recent years the prestigious...

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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

January 25, 2019
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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

A flurry of new business won by its space division in December gave specialist IT and software group SCISYS a better-than-expected end to 2018, it said in a trading update today.   The Chippenham-headquartered group landed a series of contract wins with an aggregate value of £23m during the month. That bolstered its order...

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Descendants of historic bespoke joinery’s founder gather in Bath to mark its 100th anniversary

January 25, 2019
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Descendants of historic bespoke joinery’s founder gather in Bath to mark its 100th anniversary

One of the Bath area’s oldest firms, Hawker Joinery, celebrates 100 years in business with a grand dinner and dance this evening.  Attended by the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, the event takes place in the the Pump Room of the Roman Baths and will bring together 17 direct descendants of the founder...

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