Technology

Flagship project will harness region’s innovation to help firms create cleaner, greener products

July 17, 2020
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Flagship project will harness region’s innovation to help firms create cleaner, greener products

A £10m innovation project backed by the University of Bath to help West of England businesses make products that are lighter, more fuel efficient and have less waste and so reduce carbon emissions has been officially launched. The Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) initiative will play an important role in driving innovation and...

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Bath student’s ‘spy in the sky’ concept to halt illegal sand extraction lands top space award

July 16, 2020
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Bath student’s ‘spy in the sky’ concept to halt illegal sand extraction lands top space award

A University of Bath student has won a top prize for in a competition on how to tackle Earth’s problems from space.   Henry Shepherd was awarded the accolade by the UK Space Agency (UKSA), which had asked for imaginative ideas to combat global and local problems using space.  Henry, a physics undergraduate about to...

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‘Revolutionary’ new digital skills centre for Bath moves step closer after funding boost

July 16, 2020
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‘Revolutionary’ new digital skills centre for Bath moves step closer after funding boost

Plans for an innovative new training centre in Bath focussed on digital skills and careers – thought to be the first of its kind in the UK – been given a £300,000 boost. I-START, to be based on Bath College’s City Centre campus, will help local people gain new skills and re-train for roles...

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Business festival promises to bring Bath firms together virtually to boost city’s recovery

July 3, 2020
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Business festival promises to bring Bath firms together virtually to boost city’s recovery

Bath is to stage its first virtual business festival to help firms in the city start to bounce back from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Taking place on July 22, Bath Business Festival (BBF) will celebrate the city’s business offering as well as giving its firms a unique chance to meet, learn, share,...

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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

July 3, 2020
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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

Business confidence has bounced back stronger in the South West than any other part of the UK, according to a new survey – but many firms remain gloomy and one in 10 expects to stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The monthly Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking had shown a huge...

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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

July 2, 2020
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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

Bath’s small businesses are being offered the chance to get free help to manage their finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to a new programme launched by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles. The accountancy support programme is being delivered in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and...

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Bath’s universities plug into digital project aiming to put South West at the leading edge of screen media

June 26, 2020
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Bath’s universities plug into digital project aiming to put South West at the leading edge of screen media

Both of Bath’s universities are to play key roles in a major new project aimed at making the South West an international trailblazer in screen-based media. The MyWorld initiative could generate more than 700 jobs across the region through new digital formats and technologies, creating innovative experiences across fiction, documentary, games, and live performance. ...

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Good Energy powers ahead in electric vehicle market by increasing stake in Zap-Map app

June 25, 2020
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Good Energy powers ahead in electric vehicle market by increasing stake in Zap-Map app

Clean energy group Good Energy has taken effective control of Zap-Map, the popular app for the UK’s 300,000 electric vehicle (EV) drivers in which it bought a minority stake last year. Chippenham-based Good Energy snapped up a 12.9% share in Zap-Map’s parent company Next Green Car in March last year for just over £1m...

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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

June 25, 2020
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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

An online service promising impartial financial advice for Bath firms on funding options has been launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. According to Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, its Finance Hub will be free from confusing jargon or any hard sell, enabling businesses to decide what sort of...

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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

June 23, 2020
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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

Business groups have cautiously backed the reduction of many coronavirus lockdown restrictions announced earlier this week by the Prime Minister. But they also warned that other measures to boost the economy were still needed to avoid widespread business failures and job losses.  In a major boost to the West of England’s vital tourism and...

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