Technology

Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Swindon businesses warned after May’s Brexit speech

January 18, 2017
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Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Swindon businesses warned after May’s Brexit speech

Swindon firms should hope for the best but plan for the worst, according to the region’s largest business organisation following Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech yesterday outlining her plans for Brexit. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said while the landmark speech gave some clarity to the government’s intentions over leaving the European Union,...

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Swindon’s ethical firms urged to enter South West Fairtrade Business Awards

January 9, 2017
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Swindon’s ethical firms urged to enter South West Fairtrade Business Awards

Swindon firms that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their fifth year, the coveted awards champion businesses that demonstrate commitment to using and promoting fairtrade and supporting fair and ethical business practices. The awards are free to enter....

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Global tech showcase for Swindon firm’s pioneering virtual reality projects

January 6, 2017
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Global tech showcase for Swindon firm’s pioneering virtual reality projects

Small Swindon graphics agency Rendermedia is showcasing its ground-breaking virtual reality (VR) prowess alongside the giants of Silicon Valley at one of the world’s biggest tech industry shows. Rendermedia founder Mark Miles is at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas where his firm’s VR work for aerospace group Airbus is on display....

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SCISYS promises more growth following takeover of German media software firm

January 3, 2017
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SCISYS promises more growth following takeover of German media software firm

Chippenham-based specialist IT group SCISYS has completed the acquisition of German media software firm Annova Systems in a move that it called a “step-change” in its growth prospects. SCISYS, which has an established media & broadcasting division, paid €11.35m (£9.64m) upfront in cash for Munich-headquartered Annova. The firm, which had earnings of €1.1m on €7.5m...

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Increase in R&D tax relief claims – but many firms are still missing out on vital funding for innovation

December 29, 2016
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Increase in R&D tax relief claims – but many firms are still missing out on vital funding for innovation

More firms across the South West are unlocking growth funding by claiming research and development (R&D) tax relief, according to new figures. But the region still lags many other parts of the UK in accessing what is widely viewed as a key way of boosting innovation. Latest figures from HMRC show claims for R&D tax...

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More growth for business comms firm Solar as it makes second acquisition in six months

December 15, 2016
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More growth for business comms firm Solar as it makes second acquisition in six months

Chippenham-based Solar Communications, the fast-growing business communications managed service provider, has made its second acquisition in six months to further boost its offering.   Hot on the heels of July’s takeover of Essex-based Response Data Communications (RDC), Solar has snapped up Burnley-based Denwa for an undisclosed fee. Its enhanced portfolio now offers increased choice...

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German media software acquisition will bring step-change in growth, says SCISYS

November 24, 2016
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German media software acquisition will bring step-change in growth, says SCISYS

SCISYS, the Chippenham-based specialist IT group, is to acquire German media software firm Annova Systems for up to €27.83m (£23.8m) in a move that will give a strong international boost to its own media & broadcast division. SCISYS said the acquisition, which it is funding mainly from a new bank loan, was expected to be...

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Mission control contract win for SCISYS puts it on launch pad for further space-related deals

November 11, 2016
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Mission control contract win for SCISYS puts it on launch pad for further space-related deals

Specialist IT group SCISYS has landed a contract to play a pivotal role in the launch of the world’s largest satellite constellation which aims to provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. The OneWeb global satellite system will consist of 648 orbiting mini-satellites which together will connect billions of people around the...

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£3m funding for high-growth data archiving firm

November 11, 2016
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£3m funding for high-growth data archiving firm

Chippenham-based data archiving firm Arkivum is to expand into new sectors following a £3m investment. The firm said over the next six months it planned to announce new partnerships that will enable it to harness commercial opportunities in sectors facing regulatory and operational challenges around long-term data retention such as healthcare, life sciences and...

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First City partners with Excalibur for its comms – and reduces suppliers from 30 to just one

November 4, 2016
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First City partners with Excalibur for its comms – and reduces suppliers from 30 to just one

Swindon IT and mobile communications firm Excalibur has been appointed by nursing and training services provider First City Group – also based in Swindon – to handle all its communications. First City, which employs nearly 500 staff, previously used 30 different suppliers. Excalibur’s new managed service agreement with First City includes its recently launched...

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