Technology

Mr B & Friends’ brand refresh for Bath tech provider stresses its people as well as its products

January 9, 2017
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Mr B & Friends’ brand refresh for Bath tech provider stresses its people as well as its products

Bath brand and digital agency Mr B & Friends has developed a refreshed identity and e-commerce site for employee benefits provider TechBenefits, which is also based in the city. TechBenefits allows businesses’ employees to select what tech they want from an online shop, including laptops, speakers, headphones and TVs. Employees can then pay monthly...

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SCISYS promises more growth following takeover of German media software firm

January 3, 2017
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SCISYS promises more growth following takeover of German media software firm

Specialist IT group SCISYS has completed the acquisition of German media software firm Annova Systems in a move that it called a “step-change” in its growth prospects. Chippenham-based SCISYS, which has an established media & broadcasting division, paid €11.35m (£9.64m) upfront in cash for Munich-headquartered Annova. The firm, which had earnings of €1.1m on €7.5m...

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Merger joins up BMT Group subsidiaries’ strength in depth

December 15, 2016
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Merger joins up BMT Group subsidiaries’ strength in depth

BMT Group, the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy with a major presence in Bath, has merged two of its subsidiaries to strengthen its service to blue-chip customers. The move brings together Bath-based BMT Cadence, which sells safety and environmental risk management services, and BMT Reliability Consultants, which focusses on reliability and supportability...

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More growth for Solar as it makes second acquisition in six months

December 15, 2016
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More growth for Solar as it makes second acquisition in six months

Chippenham-based Solar Communications, the fast-growing business communications managed service provider, has made its second acquisition in six months to further boost its offering.   Hot on the heels of July’s takeover of Essex-based Response Data Communications (RDC), Solar has snapped up Burnley-based Denwa for an undisclosed fee. Its enhanced portfolio now offers increased choice...

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Innovation lab launched by University of Bath and EDF Energy to pioneer supply chain research

December 9, 2016
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Innovation lab launched by University of Bath and EDF Energy to pioneer supply chain research

The University of Bath has teamed up with French power giant EDF Energy to launch a pioneering research partnership aimed at improving the management of supply chains in major capital schemes and including more local firms. The Hinkley Point C Supply Chain Innovation Lab will be based in the university’s School of Management and...

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Investment showcase offers funding promise for six of the best of Bath’s tech start-ups

December 2, 2016
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Investment showcase offers funding promise for six of the best of Bath’s tech start-ups

Six high-growth tech start-ups from Bath are hoping for funding after taking part in a high-profile investment event staged by SETsquared, the global number one business incubator backed by the University of Bath. SETsquared’s annual Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase in London gives entrepreneurs based at its centres the chance to pitch to more than...

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German media software acquisition will bring step-change in growth, says SCISYS

November 24, 2016
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German media software acquisition will bring step-change in growth, says SCISYS

SCISYS, the specialist IT group, is to acquire German media software firm Annova Systems for up to €27.83m (£23.8m) in a move that will give a strong international boost to its own media & broadcast division. Chippenham-based SCISYS said the acquisition, which it is funding mainly from a new bank loan, was expected to be...

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Mission control contract win for SCISYS puts it on launch pad for further space-related deals

November 11, 2016
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Mission control contract win for SCISYS puts it on launch pad for further space-related deals

Specialist IT group SCISYS has landed a contract to play a pivotal role in the launch of the world’s largest satellite constellation which aims to provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. The OneWeb global satellite system will consist of 648 orbiting mini-satellites which together will connect billions of people around the...

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£3m funding for high-growth data archiving firm

November 11, 2016
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£3m funding for high-growth data archiving firm

Chippenham-based data archiving firm Arkivum is to expand into new sectors following a £3m investment. The firm said over the next six months it planned to announce new partnerships that will enable it to harness commercial opportunities in sectors facing regulatory and operational challenges around long-term data retention such as healthcare, life sciences and...

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SETsquared’s pioneering firms prepare to switch their pitch to online for funding

October 20, 2016
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SETsquared’s pioneering firms prepare to switch their pitch to online for funding

Innovative start-ups and high-growth businesses based at SETsquared, the global number one business incubator backed by the University of Bath, will soon be able to pitch online for vital investment in a move that maintains its world-leading status. Pitching for the incubator’s investment programme has traditionally involved running panel selection days in front of a live...

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