Technology

Bath’s 30-year wait for new city centre offices nearly over as contractor prepares to start work

February 8, 2019
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Bath’s 30-year wait for new city centre offices nearly over as contractor prepares to start work

Construction work is to start this spring on the first new major office development in Bath city centre for three decades – paving the way for the creation of a long-awaited new business quarter for the city. Building group BAM was this week appointed as main contractor for the 45,000 sq ft office scheme...

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CBI urges government to supercharge region’s broadband to avoid economy buffering

February 7, 2019
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CBI urges government to supercharge region’s broadband to avoid economy buffering

Firms across the West of England will be left on the wrong side of the ‘digital divide’ unless the government takes action to improve connectivity and pave the way for powerful 5G networks. The warning came this week from the CBI, which fears that, with Brexit dominating the political landscape, the need for an...

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Next generation of automotive engineers to be trained at world-leading University of Bath centre

February 5, 2019
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Next generation of automotive engineers to be trained at world-leading University of Bath centre

The University of Bath’s reputation as a world-class centre for automotive industry research has moved up another gear after it was awarded major funding to establish a new senior academic training hub. The Doctoral Training Centre (CDT) in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems has received £5m funding from the government’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research...

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£1m scheme for small firms to plug into the power of robotics

February 5, 2019
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£1m scheme for small firms to plug into the power of robotics

Small and medium-sized Bath firms thinking of incorporating robotics and smart automation in their business have the opportunity to try out their ideas under a £1m scheme launched by in the West of England. The SABRE Programme, which is based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus, will link businesses...

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LEP vows to use search for new board members to address its gender imbalance

January 31, 2019
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LEP vows to use search for new board members to address its gender imbalance

The organisation tasked with helping shape the economic future of the West of England is hoping to attract more businesswomen to join its board to go some way to address its major gender imbalance. Out of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) 18 board members, just two are women. Now, as the...

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Coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards launched with two new categories

January 31, 2019
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Coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards launched with two new categories

Business leaders in Bath are being encouraged to enter one of the region’s top award schemes for recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2019 champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region. Over recent years the prestigious...

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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

January 25, 2019
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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

A flurry of new business won by its space division in December gave specialist IT and software group SCISYS a better-than-expected end to 2018, it said in a trading update today.   The Chippenham-headquartered group landed a series of contract wins with an aggregate value of £23m during the month. That bolstered its order...

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More scale-up activity on the cards for online fitness marketplace as it is selected for unique programme

January 25, 2019
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More scale-up activity on the cards for online fitness marketplace as it is selected for unique programme

Bath tech firm MoveGB, already the UK’s largest fitness marketplace, has been chosen as one of 30 high-growth UK businesses to take part in a prestigious programme aimed at accelerating their expansion.   MoveGB operates a flexible fitness scheme that gives users one membership to thousands of activities and classes, gyms and studios, so...

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Analytics innovator Actual Experience pushes up sales by 200% as first orders roll in

January 18, 2019
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Analytics innovator Actual Experience pushes up sales by 200% as first orders roll in

Annual revenue at Bath digital pioneer Actual Experience has soared by 200% as it landed its first major contracts. The advanced analytics firm, which also has offices in London, New York and Seattle, signed the first full-scale deployments of its unique digital analytics-as-a-service products during the year to September 30.  The firm was founded on...

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Full-fibre service quality puts TrueSpeed on new industry gold standard

January 18, 2019
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Full-fibre service quality puts TrueSpeed on new industry gold standard

Fibre-optic infrastructure firm TrueSpeed, which is delivering fibre broadband to rural homes and businesses around Bath, has become one of the first companies in the sector to gain a new gold standard for the quality of its network. The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) introduced its quality mark accreditation last November to reward best...

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