Technology

BBC journalist tech deal is good news for SCISYS following German acquisition

August 9, 2017
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BBC journalist tech deal is good news for SCISYS following German acquisition

The roll-out of a next-generation news management system by the BBC to thousands of its journalists has boosted Chippenham-based specialist IT group SCISYS following its acquisition of the German firm behind the technology. Munich-headquartered Annova had a 12-year contract with the BBC to supply its OpenMedia software when SCISYS paid €11.35m (£9.64m) upfront in...

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Bath firms urged to join roll call of UK’s fastest-growing tech firms

August 3, 2017
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Bath firms urged to join roll call of UK’s fastest-growing tech firms

Bath’s best tech businesses are being invited to enter a national awards scheme that celebrates innovation and growth among the sector’s fastest-growing firms. The 2017 Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 Awards showcase the country’s dynamic technology ecosystem and the most exciting hi-tech companies.   Now in their 20th year, the awards rank the UK’s...

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Take advantage of post-Brexit trade deals to export, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to tell West firms

July 14, 2017
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Take advantage of post-Brexit trade deals to export, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to tell West firms

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox will today tell West of England businesses that there has never been a better time to start exporting, with the help of his department. Latest government figures show an 11% surge in the value of overseas sales made by businesses from the region, with more than 8,600 firms now...

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Aviva Investors commit £75m to help TrueSpeed expand its ultrafast network across the South West

July 14, 2017
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Aviva Investors commit £75m to help TrueSpeed expand its ultrafast network across the South West

Bath-based fibre-optic infrastructure firm TrueSpeed Communications has received £75m from insurance giant Aviva’s global asset management arm to speed up the roll-out of its network to a further 75,000 homes and businesses in the region. TrueSpeed was set up in 2015 to deliver a fibre-optic infrastructure network across South West. It provides residential and commercial...

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Mayoral approval for Bath tech firm’s pioneering approach to skills training

July 13, 2017
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Mayoral approval for Bath tech firm’s pioneering approach to skills training

Bath health tech firm Mayden’s innovative approach to specialist skills training has been praised by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles after he visited its Widcombe base. Mayden has set up its own academy to run intensive training in coding, software development and project management for potential employees – a move that has not...

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Management buy-in deal puts communications tech firm Gradwell on new path for growth

July 7, 2017
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Management buy-in deal puts communications tech firm Gradwell on new path for growth

Gradwell, the Bath-based communication technology firm, is under new ownership after boutique investor Altitude sold its stake in the business to a buy-in, management buy-out (BIMBO) team. Southampton-based Altitude generated a return of 2.7 times on the £1.15m in Gradwell in 2012, which was made to trigger a phase of significant growth. The BIMBO...

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SPARKies awards throw spotlight on Bath’s top tech firms

July 7, 2017
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SPARKies awards throw spotlight on Bath’s top tech firms

Bath firms operating in areas as diverse as healthcare, interactive digital content and support for games publishers were among the winners at the SPARKies – the awards celebrating the best of the region’s tech sector. Mayden, Designability, Complete Control, Bath:Hacked and Keymailer were up against the cream of tech and digital businesses from across...

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Innovation programme sets budding healthcare entrepreneurs on course for business success

June 22, 2017
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Innovation programme sets budding healthcare entrepreneurs on course for business success

Bath’s next generation of healthcare entrepreneurs have learned how to take their cutting-edge technology and business ideas to the next level thanks to an intensive innovation programme. The four-day course brought together health professionals, health and life science academics and small businesses and was delivered by business incubator SETsquared, which is backed by the University of...

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London innovation showcase puts Bath tech start-ups in the spotlight

June 9, 2017
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London innovation showcase puts Bath tech start-ups in the spotlight

Two of Bath’s most exciting hi-tech, high growth potential start-ups have been showcased to big name corporates at a high-profile event in London. The pair took part in the Open Innovation Showcase organised by SETsquared, the global number one university business incubation programme run by a partnership of the universities including Bath. Vaccines Without...

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The LAST WORD: Nick Sturge, regional chairman, Institute of Directors

June 2, 2017
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The LAST WORD: Nick Sturge, regional chairman, Institute of Directors

Each week Bath Business News gives a prominent member of the area’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Nick Sturge, South West regional chairman of the Institute of Directors, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? I’ve been watching OJ: Made in America, which has...

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