Advanced manufacturing

From flipcharts to smartphones – RTS’s road to 25 years of success in auto industry staff development

October 16, 2014
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From flipcharts to smartphones – RTS’s road to 25 years of success in auto industry staff development

Specialist learning and development consultancy RTS Group is celebrating 25 years in business – a quarter of a century in which the tools of its trade have progressed from flipcharts to online technology. The Chippenham-based group began life as a niche agency aimed at serving the training and development needs of the automotive industry....

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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, warns Business West

October 16, 2014
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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, warns Business West

The economic recovery may not be as strong as anticipated despite the latest fall in unemployment, Business West, the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, has warned. While welcoming the 1.6% year-on-year drop in the number of people out of work in the South West, Business West managing director Phil Smith, pictured, said...

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New head of naval architecture for Bath’s BMT Defence Services

October 15, 2014
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New head of naval architecture for Bath’s BMT Defence Services

Andy Harris has been appointed as the new head of naval architecture at Bath-based BMT Defence Services, a subsidiary of international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT Group. Andy, pictured, a chartered engineer who joined BMT in 1996, will bring the best practice from the large projects he has worked on to the...

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Bath event will show how social enterprise innovation can have a real impact on people’s lives

October 13, 2014
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Bath event will show how social enterprise innovation can have a real impact on people’s lives

The senior designer at Bath-based charity Designability, which makes life-changing technology, will speak at an event in the city this week about how it converts innovative ideas into commercially-viable products that have a real impact on people’s lives. Keir Haines will be joined by Bath Innovation Centre director Simon Bond, and Dick Penny, managing director of...

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Portuguese approval for Vectura’s innovative inhaler gives firm €1.5m boost

October 10, 2014
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Portuguese approval for Vectura’s innovative inhaler gives firm €1.5m boost

Chippenham-based specialist drug firm Vectura has received a €1.5m (£1.18m) ‘milestone’ payment after securing approval in Portugal for its innovative respiratory inhaler AirFluSal Forspiro. Vectura’s partner Sandoz, the Swiss-owned global leader in generic medicines, has been granted marketing authorisation by the Portuguese Health Authority for the new inhaler aimed at patients with asthma and/or...

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Powerful boost to Bath’s economy expected after Hinkley Point C nuclear plant finally gets approval

October 9, 2014
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Powerful boost to Bath’s economy expected after Hinkley Point C nuclear plant finally gets approval

Bath’s economy will get a boost from the £24.5bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station approved last week by the European Commission, according to experts. The controversial plant, on the Somerset coast near Bridgwater, will be Britain’s first new nuclear reactor for nearly 20 years and could create around 25,000 jobs across the region...

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UWE vice-chancellor Steve West is new CBI South West chair

October 6, 2014
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UWE vice-chancellor Steve West is new CBI South West chair

The CBI has appointed University of the West of England (UWE) vice chancellor Steve West as its South West regional chair. Prof West, pictured, replaces Graham Cole of helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland, who has held the role for the past two years. He will support CBI member companies in the region and represent South West...

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Export Week will show Bath firms the route to success in overseas markets

October 3, 2014
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Export Week will show Bath firms the route to success in overseas markets

Bath firms are being urged to get on the fast track to success by joining UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as it brings the world to the region for its sixth Export Week. Organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in conjunction with partners and business organisations, Export Week aims to encourage companies to...

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Avon Rubber announces strong bounce back in trading after currency headache eases

October 3, 2014
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Avon Rubber announces strong bounce back in trading after currency headache eases

Shares in manufacturer Avon Rubber rose sharply last Friday after it said trading had continued to be strong, driven by increased sales of its core protection products. The Melksham-based group also said the currency fluctuations that had hit it earlier this year had eased. As a result, a pre-close update released to the London...

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Earl of Wessex officially opens University of Bath’s innovative building research centre

September 26, 2014
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Earl of Wessex officially opens University of Bath’s innovative building research centre

The University of Bath’s pioneering research centre to test the energy efficiency of new building materials has been officially opened by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. Acting in his role as chancellor of the university, Prince Edward toured the ground-breaking research facility at the Building Research Park at Wroughton Airfield, near Swindon, and...

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