Technology

Fund launched to help innovative Bath firms bring their ideas to life

September 11, 2020
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Fund launched to help innovative Bath firms bring their ideas to life

Bath businesses looking to get cutting-edge ideas off the drawing board and into reality can apply for funding under a new scheme. The Business Innovation Fund – a three-year programme managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) – will provide funding of either £20,000 or £50,000 for projects in a range of...

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Digital educational group adds to growing portfolio with acquisition of Bath teacher resource firm

September 11, 2020
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Digital educational group adds to growing portfolio with acquisition of Bath teacher resource firm

Bath-based teacher resource provider Teachit has been acquired by Sandbox, the operating platform for digital educational products and services.  Teachit is the latest acquisition by Sandbox since it became a majority shareholder in pre-school education app Hopster last  November.  Founded by English teacher Siobhain Archer in 1999 and previously owned by education charity AQA, Teachit serves a community of more than...

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Royds Withy King webinar will explore challenges linked to the post Covid-19 workforce

September 3, 2020
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Royds Withy King webinar will explore challenges linked to the post Covid-19 workforce

Major challenges for employers ranging from managing remote staff to changing the way entire organisations work post Covid-19 will be tackled head-on in a webinar to be staged next week by Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King.  Called Workforce of the Future: The New Norm, the event will give insights from practical futurist and...

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Government’s Kickstart scheme will help firms develop young talent, says Business West

September 2, 2020
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Government’s Kickstart scheme will help firms develop young talent, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has welcomed the launch today of the government’s Kickstart scheme, which offers subsidised job placements to out-of-work young people. Under the £2bn programme, 16 to 24 year olds claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be able to gain six-month work placements.  The government...

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Investor showcase goes online to give tech and creative firms the chance to pitch for funds

August 28, 2020
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Investor showcase goes online to give tech and creative firms the chance to pitch for funds

Bath tech and creative businesses seeking equity investment of between £100,000 and £2m are being invited to take part in the next Silicon Gorge showcase. Taking place on November 12 as part of Bristol Technology Festival, the event will give up to 12 start-ups or scale-ups the chance to pitch to a virtual room...

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Gloomy West firms start to axe jobs as they count cost of coronavirus on profits

August 21, 2020
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Gloomy West firms start to axe jobs as they count cost of coronavirus on profits

The coronavirus pandemic has hit profits at more than 60% of firms in the West of England – with nearly one-in-seven fearing they will never return to pre-Covid levels of activity, according to the largest business survey in the region. Just under a quarter of firms have, or plan to, axe jobs with a...

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Strength of West of England’s legaltech sector to be promoted on national stage

August 21, 2020
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Strength of West of England’s legaltech sector to be promoted on national stage

The West of England is to be showcased as a national centre for legaltech by drawing on its strengths in both technology and law and promoting innovation in the fast-growing sector. The region is already acknowledged as having one of the UK’s fastest-growing legaltech sectors with many of its law firms undertaking pioneering work...

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Firm that revolutionised access to library databases across the world celebrates 25th birthday

July 24, 2020
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Firm that revolutionised access to library databases across the world celebrates 25th birthday

A company that started out providing electronic access to library databases from its Bath headquarters and is now a world-leading identity and access management specialist is celebrating its 25th anniversary. OpenAthens was launched to commercially exploit single sign-on software originally developed by the IT department of the University of Bath.  The team working on the...

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Novia partners with tech firm to offer biometric anti-fraud service to investment advisers

July 17, 2020
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Novia partners with tech firm to offer biometric anti-fraud service to investment advisers

Novia Financial, the Bath-based provider of wealth management service for investment advisers, has launched a service to ensure the security of client documents using biometric verification. The service, the result of a partnership with award-winning technology firm Credas, uses leading-edge technology to verify that a document truly belongs to the person making the transaction. ...

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Former Bath athlete raises £100,000 for device to protect Covid-19 carers

July 17, 2020
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Former Bath athlete raises £100,000 for device to protect Covid-19 carers

A retired wheelchair athlete and technology consultant from Bath who developed a fast, low-cost way to protect carers working with Covid-19 patients has received a £100,000 investment. Mat Campbell-Hill, pictured, created the AerosolShield mini-isolation tent, put it into production and took the first orders within just seven days. Staff who have used it say...

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