Advanced manufacturing

European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

April 14, 2014
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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

Shares in SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software and IT group SciSys, climbed by nearly 3% recently after it announced it had secured a €1.8m (£1.48m), six-year contract to work on Europe’s most advanced geostationary weather satellite. The firm, whose roots are in the European space industry, will supply mission operations technology for European Organisation...

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LEP appoints former Bath Spa University senior manager as new director of skills

April 10, 2014
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LEP appoints former Bath Spa University senior manager as new director of skills

Adam Powell has joined the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as director of skills after eight years in senior management roles at Bath Spa University. In his new role Adam, pictured, will deliver the LEP’s vision of developing a well-educated and well-motivated workforce to meet business needs now and in the future...

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West firms back EU membership – but many want looser ties, Business West survey shows

April 8, 2014
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West firms back EU membership – but many want looser ties, Business West survey shows

More than three-quarters of West firms want the UK to stay in the European Union with half saying membership has a positive impact on their business, according to a major survey of business opinion in the region. However, 16% of firms believe membership is bad for their business and the same percentage think the...

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Recovery prompts manufacturers to plan investment in new kit to meet growing demand

April 7, 2014
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Recovery prompts manufacturers to plan investment in new kit to meet growing demand

The West’s small to medium-sized manufacturers are set to go on an investment spree to meet the expected increase in demand sparked by the economic recovery, a new survey shows. Four in five firms in the sector plan to buy new capital equipment over the next year, with the average spend likely to be...

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EEF calls on Bath manufacturers to get involved in EU debate and keep UK at heart of Europe

April 7, 2014
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EEF calls on Bath manufacturers to get involved in EU debate and keep UK at heart of Europe

Manufacturers from Bath and across the West of England are being urged to have their say on the highly-topical issue of European Union reform. EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has set out some radical plans for the EU which keeps Britain at the heart of Europe – something it says is crucial to the future...

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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

April 7, 2014
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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

West businesses will hear how to unlock their potential by looking east for trade opportunities at an event in the region later this week. The UK Asia Business Council (UKABC) brings its regional roadshow to Bristol on Friday, giving an oversight of South East Asia’s markets and rounding off Export Week. Organised in conjunction...

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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

April 7, 2014
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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

Tickets are still available for The Business Showcase South West 2014, the region’s newest and most-exciting business event, which takes place in tomorrow. The unique showcase at Bristol’s historic Colston Hall celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and sustainability through speeches, discussions, exhibitors and networking opportunities. The powerful line-up of speakers includes...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets.  UK Trade...

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Back our plan to create 25,000 jobs, LEP tells Government as it sets out blueprint for growth

March 31, 2014
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Back our plan to create 25,000 jobs, LEP tells Government as it sets out blueprint for growth

The blueprint for job creation and economic growth in Bath and the West of England was unveiled this morning with a clear message to the Government – come and back our vision for success. The Strategic Economic Plan identifies the city-region’s key growth sectors and sets out 122 ways that growth can be accelerated....

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Top job at the UK’s best university business incubator for Bath Innovation centre boss

March 26, 2014
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Top job at the UK’s best university business incubator for Bath Innovation centre boss

Simon Bond, director of the SETsquared innovation centre at the University of Bath, has been appointed head of the SETsquared network, the UK’s top university business incubator. As innovation director, Simon, pictured, will oversee the way the partnership incubates hi- tech start-ups from its centres at the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and...

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