Technology

SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

December 18, 2014
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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

Chippenham-based specialist IT group SciSys is expanding into the retail industry following the acquisition of a small software application development firm. SciSys, which works in sectors spanning space, defence, media and government, is paying a maximum of £3.2m for Leicester-based Xibis, which it expects to be immediately earnings-enhancing. SciSys said the Xibis has a...

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University of Bath’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

December 18, 2014
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University of Bath’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

The University of Bath’s standing as one of the UK’s leading centres for industry-related research has been further enhanced by a major new national report which classified 87% of its work as world-leading. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) place the university 13th in the research quality ranking of UK universities,...

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Broadband quality – not speed – critical factor, Bath tech firm’s data reveals

December 11, 2014
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Broadband quality – not speed – critical factor, Bath tech firm’s data reveals

Bath-based digital supply chain management firm Actual Experience has helped telecoms industry regulator Ofcom compile a major report which debunks the view that slow broadband speeds are holding back the economy. Instead, the quality of the broadband is far more important for the majority of users, Ofcom concludes. As a result it has called...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 8, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a who’s who of the West’s...

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Innovation partnership SETsquared’s £3.8bn boost to economy creates 9,000 jobs

December 4, 2014
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Innovation partnership SETsquared’s £3.8bn boost to economy creates 9,000 jobs

Hi-tech start-ups incubated by SETsquared, the innovation hub backed by the University of Bath, have created 9,000 jobs and contributed a staggering £3.8bn to the UK economy, research released today shows. The figures, which emerge from a study commissioned from Warwick Economics & Development, are based on the 1,041 companies that have benefitted from...

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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

December 1, 2014
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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

Innovation incubator SETsquared, which is backed by the University of Bath, has unveiled two new projects – a £3.2m programme to speed up the commercialisation of university research and a partnership with academic health science networks to help NHS patients. The double boost was announced as it staged a showcase of more than 20...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 27, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The Business Showcase South West returns...

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Bath tech pioneers take pitching for investment to new level in Europe’s tallest building

November 20, 2014
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Bath tech pioneers take pitching for investment to new level in Europe’s tallest building

Four of Bath’s most-exciting tech innovators are to bid for funding worth £30m in front of an audience made up of some of the UK’s top investors. The firms, all members of the city’s SETsquared innovation incubator, will take part in the real-life Dragon’s Den-style showcase at The Shard in London next Wednesday. The...

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Minister’s visit backs Bath’s position as hotbed for energy innovation

November 20, 2014
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Minister’s visit backs Bath’s position as hotbed for energy innovation

Innovative Bath firms developing sustainable ways of producing and using energy had the chance to showcase their pioneering work to a Government minister earlier this week. Energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd visited Bath on Tuesday to discover how the South West is leading the world in low carbon development. Ms Rudd attended...

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IT group SciSys’ staff celebrate historic comet landing – even if it didn’t quite go to plan

November 18, 2014
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IT group SciSys’ staff celebrate historic comet landing – even if it didn’t quite go to plan

Staff at SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software firm, have been celebrating their role in the historic touchdown of the Rosetta space mission’s lander on the comet 67P some 500million km from Earth. SciSys developed the software for the mission control system (MCS) for the European Space Agency (ESA) project. The software has been used...

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