Technology

Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free event staged by UK Trade...

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Investment manager taken on at BGF in the West as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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Investment manager taken on at BGF in the West as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

The South West office of BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Thames Valley and working with them to achieve their growth plans....

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Saracens chairman Nigel Wray joins star tech investors backing Bath IT innovator Cloud Direct

August 15, 2014
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Saracens chairman Nigel Wray joins star tech investors backing Bath IT innovator Cloud Direct

Bath-based IT services company Cloud Direct has secured £1.5m of equity funding from three of the UK’s highest-profile investors, including Saracens Rugby Club chairman Nigel Wray. The investment is the cloud broker’s third so far this year and takes its total funding to £2.74m. It will accelerate its sales and marketing, allow it open...

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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts science park in the frame

August 11, 2014
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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts science park in the frame

Bristol & Bath Science Park, with its state-of-the-art innovation centre, has again been used as the setting for a film promoting advanced technology. The Science Park, based between the two cities at Emersons Green and backed by the University of Bath, stars in a promotional film for the new Samsung Galaxy S5, which tells...

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Social network out to revolutionise the way businesses engage with local communities

August 1, 2014
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Social network out to revolutionise the way businesses engage with local communities

Bath-based innovative social network Neighbourly.com has been officially launched with the ambition of revolutionising corporate social responsibility. The business, which connects community projects with companies, has been developed by entrepreneur Nick Davies and is the first digital platform to be created for the largely unstructured corporate giving sector within the UK, which is worth...

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Academy launched by IPL to develop graduate IT talent

August 1, 2014
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Academy launched by IPL to develop graduate IT talent

IPL, the Bath-based IT consultancy, has launched its own academy with the aiming of develop the best business analysts in the industry. It will provide up to 20 graduates a year with a dedicated three-year training programme, drawing on IPL’s extensive consultancy and business analysis expertise with clients as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, BP, FirstGroup...

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Bath innovators take centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

July 31, 2014
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Bath innovators take centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

Four pioneering Bath firms have showcased their innovation to a large group of senior business and technology directors at Barclays’ global headquarters in London. The four fledgling businesses were among six chosen by SETsquared – the business hub supported by the University of Bath – to represent its groundbreaking innovation. The event was part...

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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and the fuss may seem a...

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West proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

July 25, 2014
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West proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

A strong performance by the West of England in attracting business investment from overseas has helped the UK achieve the highest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, new figures show. There were 27 new investment projects by overseas companies in 2013/14 across the area covered by West of England...

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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

July 25, 2014
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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

Specialist software and IT group SciSys has pointed to further growth as it continues to recover from tough conditions last year in its core markets. In a trading update for the six months to June 30 – and prior to it entering its close period – directors said the first half of 2014 had...

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