Advanced manufacturing

Pioneering app firm co-founder joins Swindon VR company as it shapes up for more growth

May 23, 2018
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Pioneering app firm co-founder joins Swindon VR company as it shapes up for more growth

Fast-growing Swindon virtual reality and immersive tech firm Render has appointed the co-founder of one of the West of England’s recent tech success stories as its new business development director. Chris Price, pictured, launched pioneering Bristol-based app developer Mubaloo in 2009 with South West serial entrepreneur Mark Mason and grew it to a £4m...

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Swindon-based Network Rail boss lines up against rivals in South West Director of the Year Awards

May 22, 2018
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Swindon-based Network Rail boss lines up against rivals in South West Director of the Year Awards

The managing director of Swindon-based Network Rail’s Western route is flying the flag for the town in one of the region’s top award schemes for boardroom excellence.  Mark Langman, who has overseen a multi-billion pound upgrade and led the drive to increase safety and reliability of the infrastructure across Network Rail’s West region, is...

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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

May 22, 2018
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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

The managing director of the West of England’s largest business group this week joined more than 50 other chamber of commerce leaders to urge the Prime Minister to take radical action and ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the UK economy. Phil Smith from Business West – the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative –...

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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

May 20, 2018
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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The fund, which opened on Friday, will help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK access discounted lending and become involved in one of UK’s...

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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Swindon next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

May 20, 2018
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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Swindon next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

Swindon businesses are to be helped prepare for the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring when an Export for Growth roadshow arrives in the town next month. The day-long Trade Horizons event is one of four being staged across the South West by Business West – the region’s largest business advice group, which...

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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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