Technology

Bath innovators take centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

July 31, 2014
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Bath innovators take centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

Four pioneering Bath firms have showcased their innovation to a large group of senior business and technology directors at Barclays’ global headquarters in London. The four fledgling businesses were among six chosen by SETsquared – the business hub supported by the University of Bath – to represent its groundbreaking innovation. The event was part...

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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and the fuss may seem a...

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West proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

July 25, 2014
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West proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

A strong performance by the West of England in attracting business investment from overseas has helped the UK achieve the highest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, new figures show. There were 27 new investment projects by overseas companies in 2013/14 across the area covered by West of England...

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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

July 25, 2014
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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

Specialist software and IT group SciSys has pointed to further growth as it continues to recover from tough conditions last year in its core markets. In a trading update for the six months to June 30 – and prior to it entering its close period – directors said the first half of 2014 had...

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Bath takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

July 21, 2014
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Bath takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

Bath’s thriving digital cluster – and one of its leading up-and-coming businesses – have been championed to an audience of national investors at a Tech City UK event in London. Bath, along with Bristol, was one of five tech clusters from across the UK to be invited to present at the Tech City UK...

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Pioneering car parking system drives into UK market with Bath entrepreneur at the wheel

July 18, 2014
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Pioneering car parking system drives into UK market with Bath entrepreneur at the wheel

Bath entrepreneur Nick Child, whose previous businesses have spanned electric vehicles, communications and electrical goods, is turning his talent to a revolutionary underground parking system. Mr Child, pictured, has taken on the role of managing director of Cardok UK, an arm of the Swiss firm behind the innovative Cardok hydraulic lift system which allows...

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Bath innovators Zynstra on launch pad for further growth after securing £4.9m investment

July 15, 2014
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Bath innovators Zynstra on launch pad for further growth after securing £4.9m investment

Zynstra, the Bath-based cloud pioneer, has received funding worth $8.4m (£4.9m) to continue its growth, invest in further innovative products and enter the North American market. The funding takes investment at the firm, based at Bath’s SETsquared innovation hub – which is supported by the University of Bath – to just over $12.5m (£7.3m)...

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Bath tech firm Actual Experience strengthens board with appointment of former OFT chief

July 11, 2014
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Former Office of Fair Trading and Oftel director general Sir Bryan Carsberg has joined fast-growing Bath-based tech firm Actual Experience as a non-executive director. Sir Bryan, one of the leading figures in the UK communications industry, has held board positions with Cable & Wireless, Inmarsat and RM. He has been instrumental in introducing competition...

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Environment Agency awards £9m flood defence contract to Bath software firm IPL

July 11, 2014
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IPL, the Bath-based software and IT services company IPL, has been awarded a £9m framework contract by the Environment Agency to implement a new system to manage the upkeep of its flood and coastal defence assets. The four-year programme, secured with Bristol-based Manhattan Atrium, will enable the Environment Agency to focus more funds on...

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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

July 7, 2014
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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

Business West, the organisation that runs the Bath Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the allocation of £86.2m of Government investment to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs in the area. But it said the city’s business community still needed to make sure future funding was secured under the Local Growth Deal to secure long-term...

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