Technology

First trainee developers graduate from Mayden Academy – and get jobs with the software firm

April 29, 2016
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First trainee developers graduate from Mayden Academy – and get jobs with the software firm

The first six trainee software developers have graduated from the Mayden Academy, Bath-based software house Mayden’s intensive, employer-led training programme. All six are now working at the firm as junior developers. The academy was set up to help grow and retain developer talent in the Bath and Bristol area, and ensure it stays at...

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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

April 29, 2016
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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

The successful Business Showcase South West returns next month to again celebrate the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise. The event, the largest of its kind in the South West, this year takes place at the newly redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, meaning it will be even bigger. Delegates from Bath and...

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£1.55m South African Broadcasting Corporation contract win for SciSys

April 29, 2016
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£1.55m South African Broadcasting Corporation contract win for SciSys

Chippenham-based specialist IT firm SciSys has landed a £1.55m contract to supply the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) with its world-beating ‘cloud-hosted’ radio technology. The two-and-a-half year contract is the latest secured by the firm as it continues to bounce back from serious problems with a major fixed-price contract last year. The crisis pushed...

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The revolution will be virtual, survey shows – and Bath needs to stay in the VR vanguard

April 18, 2016
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The revolution will be virtual, survey shows – and Bath needs to stay in the VR vanguard

Virtual reality will have a major impact on nearly all aspects of our lives – from working and resting to playing and learning, according to a new survey commissioned to ensure the West of England stays at the leading edge of the VR revolution. While three quarters of the 2,000 people taking part in...

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Plea for old computers to boost local dementia charity’s funds

April 7, 2016
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Plea for old computers to boost local dementia charity’s funds

Firms are being urged to donate their old computers and help raise much-needed money for a locally based charity. The call has come from Trowbridge-based Priority IT, which is refurbishing second-hand computers for sale and giving the proceeds to its chosen charity, Alzheimer’s Support.  The scheme is proving so successful that the specialist IT...

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Contract crisis slashes SciSys annual profits but firm looks ahead with new business wins

April 1, 2016
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Contract crisis slashes SciSys annual profits but firm looks ahead with new business wins

Problems with a major fixed-price contract have pushed annual profits down by 80% at Chippenham-based specialist IT firm SciSys. The firm, which develops complex IT projects for clients in sectors such as space, defence and the media, was hit hard last year by the troublesome project for an unnamed client. Millions of pounds were...

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Call for tech ‘ambassadors’ from Bath to help put region on global map as centre of excellence

March 24, 2016
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Call for tech ‘ambassadors’ from Bath to help put region on global map as centre of excellence

Bath’s highly successful tech firms can play a lead role in building the South West into a global centre of excellence to rival similar hubs such as London’s Tech City, according to a new report. Published today, the Tech South West report calls for a group of ‘ambassador companies’ to work together to showcase...

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Bath and Bristol land Heathrow advertising slots to put region’s virtual reality prowess in the frame

March 18, 2016
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Bath and Bristol’s world-class capabilities in virtual reality are being seen by millions of international business travellers in a new advertising campaign at Heathrow Airport. The campaign has been launched by West of England inward investment agency Invest Bristol & Bath (IBB). The advert, part of a £500,000 campaign paid for by Heathrow, will...

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Majority of West firms fear risks of UK quitting EU, survey reveals

March 17, 2016
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More than twice as many West businesses want the UK to stay in the EU as leave, according to the hotly anticipated results of a major regional survey. Some 57% of business people said they will vote to remain part of the EU, compared to 26% who say they will back the leave campaign....

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Budget 2016: £1bn devolution deal for West

March 17, 2016
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The long-awaited devolution deal giving the West of England a £1bn boost for investment in infrastructure and skills has been announced by Chancellor George Osborne. The move would represent a major change, transferring decisions on transport, investment, funding, skills training, business support, housing and strategic planning from Westminster. But the package of measures, which...

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