Advanced manufacturing

Chancellor urged to use his Autumn Statement to boost spending on innovation and infrastructure

November 21, 2014
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Chancellor urged to use his Autumn Statement to boost spending on innovation and infrastructure

Manufacturers across the South West are calling for a massive boost to infrastructure and innovation in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement to build on the strong economic recovery and lay foundations for longer-term economic growth. The call comes from the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in its submission to the Autumn Statement. It focuses heavily...

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Bath tech pioneers take pitching for investment to new level in Europe’s tallest building

November 20, 2014
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Bath tech pioneers take pitching for investment to new level in Europe’s tallest building

Four of Bath’s most-exciting tech innovators are to bid for funding worth £30m in front of an audience made up of some of the UK’s top investors. The firms, all members of the city’s SETsquared innovation incubator, will take part in the real-life Dragon’s Den-style showcase at The Shard in London next Wednesday. The...

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Minister’s visit backs Bath’s position as hotbed for energy innovation

November 20, 2014
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Minister’s visit backs Bath’s position as hotbed for energy innovation

Innovative Bath firms developing sustainable ways of producing and using energy had the chance to showcase their pioneering work to a Government minister earlier this week. Energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd visited Bath on Tuesday to discover how the South West is leading the world in low carbon development. Ms Rudd attended...

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Profits climb at Avon Rubber as it reaps rewards of investment in innovation

November 19, 2014
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Profits climb at Avon Rubber as it reaps rewards of investment in innovation

Investing in innovative new products and technologies while expanding its international markets has paid off for West Wiltshire manufacturer Avon Rubber, which has reported a 21% leap in annual profits. Pre-tax profits at the Melksham-headquartered group came in at £16.6m for the year to September 30 despite sales slipping slightly to £124.8m. The group,...

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IT group SciSys’ staff celebrate historic comet landing – even if it didn’t quite go to plan

November 18, 2014
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IT group SciSys’ staff celebrate historic comet landing – even if it didn’t quite go to plan

Staff at SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software firm, have been celebrating their role in the historic touchdown of the Rosetta space mission’s lander on the comet 67P some 500million km from Earth. SciSys developed the software for the mission control system (MCS) for the European Space Agency (ESA) project. The software has been used...

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New enterprise centre to make pioneering 3D printing available to small firms

November 12, 2014
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New enterprise centre to make pioneering 3D printing available to small firms

Small and medium-sized businesses are to get access to world-class CAD CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture) tools and rapid prototyping through 3D printing at a new enterprise centre. Opened last week at Wiltshire College’s Lackham campus near Chippenham, pictured, the centre is aimed at boosting product design in businesses by fast-tracking product development...

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Award stems from Bath engineering firms’ support for inspiring future scientists and engineers

November 12, 2014
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Award stems from Bath engineering firms’ support for inspiring future scientists and engineers

Three Bath-based subsidiaries of international engineering consultancy BMT have gained national recognition for encouraging the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians in schools around the city. The firms – BMT Defence Services, BMT Hi-Q Sigma and BMT Isis – topped the Organisation of the Year category at the recent regional STEM (science,...

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Leap in sales gives Bath Ales high ranking on its debut appearance in fast-growth table

November 11, 2014
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Leap in sales gives Bath Ales high ranking on its debut appearance in fast-growth table

Bath Ales has leapt into a league table of the UK’s 50 fastest-growing food and drink firms at number 14 on the back of a 34% growth in compound annual sales over two years. The Fast 50, produced by analysts for The Grocer magazine, ranks independently-owned food and drink suppliers by their growth. Bath...

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Investment doubles to £60m for SETsquared’s innovative firms

November 11, 2014
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Investment doubles to £60m for SETsquared’s innovative firms

Investment raised by innovative firms based at SETsquared, the highly-successful business incubator backed by the University of Bath, has doubled over the past year to £60m – and is expected to rise again in the coming 12 months. Funding has come through a mixture of angel investors, venture capitalists and Government grants, according to...

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R&D tax credit take-up spirals as firms finally realise the benefit

November 11, 2014
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R&D tax credit take-up spirals as firms finally realise the benefit

West of England accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has a large office in Bath, has secured more than £53m in research and development tax credits for clients over the past year. The tax credits were introduced 14 years ago but take-up had been slow until recently – a fact many blame on the misapprehension...

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