Advanced manufacturing

Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ to make case for innovation at Business Show Swindon

April 15, 2014
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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ to make case for innovation at Business Show Swindon

The keynote speaker at this year’s Business Show Swindon will be Rob Law, inventor of child’s ride-on suitcase Trunki and ‘dragon-slayer’ – he was famously turned down by Dragons’ Den. Entrepreneur and innovator Rob, pictured, whose Bristol-based company Magmatic is now producing a range of children’s products, will speak about the setbacks and learnings...

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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

April 14, 2014
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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

Shares in SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software and IT group SciSys, climbed after it announced it had secured a €1.8m (£1.48m), six-year contract to work on Europe’s most advanced geostationary weather satellite. The firm, whose roots are in the European space industry, will supply mission operations technology for European Organisation for the Exploitation of...

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Export Week: Eastern promise of fast-growing Asian markets and help for women in business

April 9, 2014
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Export Week: Eastern promise of fast-growing Asian markets and help for women in business

Two Export Week events will help female business owners expand or launch in new overseas markets and explain how a range of businesses can unlock the potential of South East Asian markets. Export Week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets. UK Trade and...

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Task force set up to help Honda workers affected by car giant’s latest job cuts

April 9, 2014
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Task force set up to help Honda workers affected by car giant’s latest job cuts

A task force has been established to support the hundreds of Swindon workers at risk of redundancy following car giant Honda’s latest cutbacks and to minimise any potential impact on the town’s economy. The Japanese car giant last month announced it will axe around 500 jobs and close one of its two production lines...

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West firms back EU membership – but many want looser ties, Business West survey shows

April 8, 2014
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West firms back EU membership – but many want looser ties, Business West survey shows

More than three-quarters of West firms want the UK to stay in the European Union with half saying membership has a positive impact on their business, according to a major survey of business opinion in the region. However, 16% of firms believe membership is bad for their business and the same percentage think the...

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Recovery prompts manufacturers to plan investment in new kit to meet growing demand

April 7, 2014
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Recovery prompts manufacturers to plan investment in new kit to meet growing demand

The West’s small to medium-sized manufacturers are set to go on an investment spree to meet the expected increase in demand sparked by the economic recovery, a new survey shows. Four in five firms in the sector plan to buy new capital equipment over the next year, with the average spend likely to be...

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EEF calls on Swindon firms to get involved in EU debate and keep UK at heart of Europe

April 7, 2014
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EEF calls on Swindon firms to get involved in EU debate and keep UK at heart of Europe

Manufacturers from Swindon and across the West of England are being urged to have their say on the highly-topical issue of European Union reform. EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has set out some radical plans for the EU which keeps Britain at the heart of Europe – something it says is crucial to the future...

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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

April 7, 2014
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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

West businesses will hear how to unlock their potential by looking east for trade opportunities at an event in the region later this week. The UK Asia Business Council (UKABC) brings its regional roadshow to Bristol on Friday, giving an oversight of South East Asia’s markets and rounding off Export Week. Organised in conjunction...

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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

April 7, 2014
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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

Tickets are still available for The Business Showcase South West 2014, the region’s newest and most-exciting business event, which takes place tomorrow. The unique showcase at Bristol’s historic Colston Hall celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and sustainability through speeches, discussions, exhibitors and networking opportunities. The powerful line-up of speakers includes Karren...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets. UK Trade...

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