Advanced manufacturing

IoD lands Flybe chief as headline speaker at its Director of the Year Awards dinner

May 8, 2018
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IoD lands Flybe chief as headline speaker at its Director of the Year Awards dinner

The CEO of regional airline Flybe is to be headline speaker at the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards next month. Christine Ourmières-Widener, pictured, who took up the role at the Devon-based carrier in January last year, will share her experiences in an interview with the event’s host, BBC Radio Devon’s Janet Kipling.  The...

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One month left to enter the region’s biggest showcase of aerospace and defence industry talent

May 3, 2018
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One month left to enter the region’s biggest showcase of aerospace and defence industry talent

The stars of the West of England’s aerospace and defence industries have less than a month to enter the region’s top awards dedicated to the sectors. June 1 is the deadline for the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) Aerospace Ambassadors Awards, which celebrate the individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the...

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Powerful message to inspire young people is served up by Bloodhound Project at ICAEW dinner

April 27, 2018
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Powerful message to inspire young people is served up by Bloodhound Project at ICAEW dinner

The innovative Bloodhound project to build the world’s fastest-ever car is inspiring young people to pursue careers that use maths, engineering and technology, the region’s business leaders have been told. Nearly 400 chartered accountants and guests from across the business community gathered at the annual ICAEW West of England annual dinner last week heard...

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First headline speaker announced for this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

April 19, 2018
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First headline speaker announced for this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England for a seventh year in October with one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs already lined up as headline speaker. Emma Bridgewater, who has spent more than 30 years building up a successful pottery business, will share her experiences and give advice to businesswomen...

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‘Acceleration hubs’ to boost region’s advanced engineering and digital firms

April 9, 2018
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‘Acceleration hubs’ to boost region’s advanced engineering and digital firms

More than 200 advanced engineering firms and digitally-innovation small and medium-sized enterprises from across the West of England are to gain access to expert support and advice through two new ‘business acceleration hubs’  The University of Bath.has been awarded £1.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver start-up, scale-up, open innovation and...

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Business West links with London and Manchester chambers to warn over impact of Brexit ‘uncertainty’

April 6, 2018
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Business West links with London and Manchester chambers to warn over impact of Brexit ‘uncertainty’

Business West, the region’s largest business body and the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, is collaborating with two other powerful chambers to highlight the impact of uncertainty over Brexit a year before it takes effect. The Three Chamber Alliance – which includes the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and...

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$9.25m sale of non-core US business allows Avon Rubber to concentrate on protection market

April 5, 2018
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$9.25m sale of non-core US business allows Avon Rubber to concentrate on protection market

Wiltshire specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has sold its US-based hovercraft skirt and bulk liquid storage tank business, for $9.25m (£6.58m). Melksham-based Avon, which makes respirators for military, homeland security and first responder customers as well as rubber products for the dairy industry, said it had been reviewing strategic options for Avon Engineered Fabrications (AEF)...

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Nominations open for awards that champion the high flyers of the region’s aerospace sector

April 3, 2018
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Nominations open for awards that champion the high flyers of the region’s aerospace sector

The hunt is on to find the individuals and businesses that are helping maintain the West of England aerospace sector’s position as one of the world’s largest and most innovative. Nominations have opened for its the second annual West of England Aerospace Forum’s (WEAF) coveted annual Aerospace Ambassador Awards.  Following last year’s success, a...

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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

March 27, 2018
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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

Confidence among small business owners in the South West has bounced back thanks to lower inflation, progress on Brexit talks and the Chancellor’s positive Spring Statement, according to a survey published today. The report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – Britain’s biggest business representation group – also reveals a two-year high in...

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Just over week left to enter South West Director of the Year Awards

March 20, 2018
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Just over week left to enter South West Director of the Year Awards

Entrepreneurs have until Thursday of next week to enter the prestigious Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards, the region’s top accolades for boardroom excellence. Three new categories have been added this year, taking the total to nine and giving directors more chance to claim one of the top awards.  The...

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