Technology

Pioneering Swindon firms secure LEP growth funding to put town on map for innovation

August 29, 2014
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Pioneering Swindon firms secure LEP growth funding to put town on map for innovation

Some of the Swindon area’s most innovative small firms are sharing hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding to create new jobs and help them reach their business potential. The money comes from the third tranche of the £750,000 Gateway for Growth programme, which has been co-ordinated by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise...

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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

August 28, 2014
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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

The Swindon-based Technology Strategy Board, the Government body that aims to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation, has changed its name to Innovate UK The organisation, based at North Star, started to use the new branding this month and will continue to change its signage, printed material and events and conference...

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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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Swindon UTC boosted by website agreement with Digital Trading

August 21, 2014
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Swindon UTC boosted by website agreement with Digital Trading

Specialist web agency Digital Trading has agreed to manage UTC Swindon’s website as part of the firm’s commitment to the community, engineering and education. Faringdon-based Digital Trading, which supplies a range of digital business services, says the UTC’s (University Technical College) philosophy of providing young people with an education built around the needs of...

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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

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 for Wiltshire, the Thames Valley and Hampshire. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses and working with them to achieve their growth plans. Her appointment brings BGF’s Bristol-based...

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Alert over powerful new computer virus that holds its victims’ data to ransom

August 5, 2014
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Alert over powerful new computer virus that holds its victims’ data to ransom

Swindon businesses are being warned of a new computer virus with the potential to lock down their systems and holding them to ransom. The alert comes from Sensata, the Royal Wootton Bassett-based IT services firm, which believes the CTB-Locker bug is more potent and resilient than the recent, much-publicised Cryptolocker virus and presents a...

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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half

July 24, 2014
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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half

Chippenham-based specialist software and IT group SciSys today 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...

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Plessey looks to shine in tech lighting market with new European distribution deal

July 17, 2014
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Plessey looks to shine in tech lighting market with new European distribution deal

Hi-tech innovator Plessey has signed a distribution agreement to grow sales of its world-beating lighting technology in Central and Eastern Europe, Italy and Denmark. The semiconductor firm, which was the cornerstone of Swindon’s electronics and microchip industry and still has an office in the town, is developing lighting products using gallium-nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology. These...

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Hi-tech boost for Swindon’s UTC as Dialog Semiconductor pledges £80,000

July 17, 2014
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Hi-tech boost for Swindon’s UTC as Dialog Semiconductor pledges £80,000

Integrated circuit pioneer Dialog Semiconductor has donated £80,000 to UTC Swindon as the college gears up to welcome its first students in September. Dialog, which has an engineering support office on Swindon’s Delta office park, is splitting its donation equally between investment in specialist equipment for the UTC and funding to support its first...

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Top tech lawyer chosen to fire up would-be female engineers at Dragons’ Den-style event

July 10, 2014
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Top tech lawyer chosen to fire up would-be female engineers at Dragons’ Den-style event

Swindon law firm Withy King’s intellectual property and technology expert Jessica Bent has been selected to join the judging panel of a new Dragons’ Den-style competition aimed at aspiring female engineers in the South West. Jessica, pictured, a partner with the firm, will help judge the entries to the Women with Bright Ideas competition,...

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