Technology

Growth fund on the lookout for new opportunities after reaching £100m investment milestone

February 4, 2016
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Growth fund on the lookout for new opportunities after reaching £100m investment milestone

The latest deal by BGF, the independent fund that backs small and medium-sized firms with strong growth potential, has taken its total investment in the South West past the £100m mark. The £4.43m equity funding in marketing technology software and service firm Adestra means BGF’s regional office has now invested in 17 fast-growing companies...

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Rebooting old computers boosts Wilts dementia charity’s coffers

February 4, 2016
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Rebooting old computers boosts Wilts dementia charity’s coffers

Wiltshire specialist support firm Priority IT is raising valuable funds for a local Alzheimer’s charity by bringing old computers back to life. The Trowbridge-based company is refurbishing second-hand computers and offering them to the public in return for a donation to Alzheimer’s Support. The charity runs day clubs, home support and a wide range...

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Annual search starts to find the West of England’s best businesses

January 31, 2016
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Annual search starts to find the West of England’s best businesses

Swindon’s top firms are being urged to enter the region’s most prestigious business competition – accountants PwC’s annual West of England Business of the Year Awards. The widely-respected awards are now in their 28th year and previous winners represent the cream of the region’s top companies. Previous winners have included Swindon-based construction group Beard,...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Swindon Business News

December 24, 2015
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Swindon Business News

Swindon Business News wishes its readers, subscribers and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. We will continue to provide the area’s most authoritative business news, information and analysis throughout the festive period. Our next weekly Swindon Business News e-bulletin will be published on Friday, January 8.

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SciSys’ crisis-hit year ends on positive note with major contract wins

December 16, 2015
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SciSys’ crisis-hit year ends on positive note with major contract wins

SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist IT firm, has landed two contracts worth nearly £8m – ending a tough year for the company on a high note. The firm, which develops high-end software for blue-chip customers in the defence, government, media and space sectors, is to supply software and support services for the Ministry of Defence’s...

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Acquisition of software pioneer creates major player in fast-growing mobile tech market

December 4, 2015
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Acquisition of software pioneer creates major player in fast-growing mobile tech market

Two of Wiltshire’s leading mobile technology businesses have come together to create one of the UK’s largest firms in their fast-growing market. Mobile software firm M-Netics, which makes software that helps retailers and logistics businesses streamline their supply chains, has been acquired by the UK arm of US group Peak-Ryzex. Both firms are based...

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Innovation centre puts Swindon at leading edge for hi-tech gadgets

November 13, 2015
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Innovation centre puts Swindon at leading edge for hi-tech gadgets

Brainwave-powered mini-helicopters, futuristic virtual reality gaming and state-of-the-art 3D printing and will be among the technology on show at a unique centre to open in Swindon this month. Rota-Motus will help position the town as a key base for innovation, making world-beating gadgets available to the public to try and buy. Its town centre...

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Fujitsu snaps up Wiltshire smart-ticketing pioneer that aims to revolutionise rail travel

September 4, 2015
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Fujitsu snaps up Wiltshire smart-ticketing pioneer that aims to revolutionise rail travel

Digital ticketing developer ACT (Applied Card Technologies) has been acquired by Japanese IT giant Fujitsu in a multi-million pound deal that paves the way for the UK’s first smartphone-based rail ticket issuing system. ACT, based at Kington Langley, near Chippenham, designs, builds and manages smart transaction systems for retail, tourism, public sector and transport...

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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

June 18, 2015
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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has launched a free tax calculator to enable businesses to work out how much tax they could be saving on their research and development (R&D) costs. The online tool has been set up in the light of research suggesting that thousands of businesses could be missing...

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New consortium promises to boost Swindon’s innovative biomed and life sciences industries

April 8, 2015
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New consortium promises to boost Swindon’s innovative biomed and life sciences industries

Swindon’s important life sciences sector is to be boosted by the creation of a new consortium to take over the franchise for Medilink SW, the membership group tasked with stimulating the growth of the region’s life science industry. Business West, the organisation behind the Swindon initiative, has formed the consortium with new company Medilink...

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