Technology

PR agency Grayling appointed to raise incubator SETsquared’s national profile

March 5, 2019
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PR agency Grayling appointed to raise incubator SETsquared’s national profile

The SETsquared Partnership, the global number one business incubator network backed by the University of Bath, has appointed international public relations agency Grayling’s Bristol office to raise its national profile. Since its launch in 2002, SETsquared has supported more than 3,500 businesses and helped raise £1.8bn in investment. It has twice been named as...

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$60m acquisition plugs fast-growing Future into US consumer electronics market

March 1, 2019
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$60m acquisition plugs fast-growing Future into US consumer electronics market

Bath-based media group Future today further strengthened its presence in the US consumer electronics publishing market with another multi-million dollar acquisition. The group snapped up global digital publisher MoNa Mobile Nations for $55m (£41.5m) in cash and $5m paid for by issuing new shares.  The deal – which follows last year’s £100m takeover of...

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IT firm saves Bowood Estate from entrenched view of how to extend its superfast wi-fi

March 1, 2019
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IT firm saves Bowood Estate from entrenched view of how to extend its superfast wi-fi

An innovative approach to bringing high-speed internet to the sprawling Bowood country estate by Westbury-based IT provider Priority has saved it thousands of pounds. The 4,000-acre Bowood Estate near Chippenham already had a high-speed service for its hotel, spa & golf resort but needed to extend it to the estate side of the business – which...

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University of Bath to play lead role in training artificial intelligence experts of the future

February 21, 2019
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University of Bath to play lead role in training artificial intelligence experts of the future

A new generation of academics specialising in artificial intelligence (AI) is to be trained by the University of Bath under a programme aimed at keeping the UK at the forefront of the disruptive technology. The university will lead one of 16 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) announced today, creating the experts of tomorrow...

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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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