Technology

West businesses urged to look east and explore export opportunities in India

February 25, 2015
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West businesses urged to look east and explore export opportunities in India

The Indian market will be demystified and the commercial opportunities outlined at a seminar for West of England firms next week. Speaking at the event in Castle Combe, near Chippenham, on Thursday March 5, will be Siddharth Mukne, business adviser at the UK India Business Council, and Waseem Hussain, internationally renowned expert on doing...

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This year’s Business Show Swindon on track to be biggest so far

February 16, 2015
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This year’s Business Show Swindon on track to be biggest so far

The Business Show Swindon returns for its fifth year in April with organisers Business West promising an event that will showcase the town’s go-ahead businesses and offer a range of support for anyone starting or growing a business. Staged again at the town’s STEAM railway museum, it will provide a platform for firms to...

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New research shows South West tech firms predict strong growth

February 16, 2015
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New research shows South West tech firms predict strong growth

South West tech firms are poised to grow at four times the rate of the economy this year, according to new research. Some 58% of the firms quizzed as part of Barclays’ Fast Growth Tech survey said they expect their business to grow by up to 10%, with 19% forecasting growth of between 10%...

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Finance industry tech awards shortlisting for Nationwide’s smartwatch banking app

February 6, 2015
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Finance industry tech awards shortlisting for Nationwide’s smartwatch banking app

Swindon-based Nationwide’s voice-recognition smartwatch banking app is in the running for two top industry awards. The cutting-edge app, built in less than a month by Bath-based IT services firm IPL, enabled Nationwide to become the UK’s first financial service provider to offer its customers real-time balances on Android watches. Working in conjunction with Nationwide’s...

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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the latest business survey by Business...

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Innovative software firm signals more growth after securing new investment

January 9, 2015
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Innovative software firm signals more growth after securing new investment

Aria Networks, the leading-edge Chippenham-based tech firm, is planning to strengthen its lead in the fast-growing Software Defined Networking (SDN) market after securing further investment. The firm, whose customers include major US and European telecoms companies, cloud and datacentre operators, and social network providers, is already ahead of its SDN rivals. Its products, developed...

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Thrings looks for virtual advantage with interactive images on Google

January 8, 2015
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Thrings looks for virtual advantage with interactive images on Google

Thrings has become the first law firm in Swindon to include an interactive, 3D virtual tour of its office in the town on Google – a move it believes gives it a commercial advantage over its rivals. Anyone searching for Thrings on Google will see high quality, 360-degree photographs of the firm’s main client-facing...

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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

December 18, 2014
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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

Chippenham-based specialist IT group SciSys is expanding into the retail industry following the acquisition of a small software application development firm. SciSys, which works in sectors spanning space, defence, media and government, is paying a maximum of £3.2m for Leicester-based Xibis, which it expects to be immediately earnings-enhancing. SciSys said the Xibis has a...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a who’s who of the West’s...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 28, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The Business Showcase South West returns...

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