Technology

Bright outlook at SciSys triggers sharp rise in share price

August 16, 2016
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Bright outlook at SciSys triggers sharp rise in share price

Shares in SciSys, the specialist IT group, soared this week after it said its half-year financial results are likely to be “significantly” better than expected. The Chippenham-based group, which sells complex software systems to the space, defence, media and government sectors, said a favourable trading picture this year had resulted in strong cashflows, transforming a £1m...

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Solar powers ahead as it hits acquisition trail again

August 10, 2016
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Solar powers ahead as it hits acquisition trail again

Solar Communications, the fast-growing Chippenham-based business communications managed service provider, has strengthened its offering with the takeover of Response Data Communications. This acquisition, Solar’s second in three years, will strengthen its share of the UC (unified communications) market and cements its position as one of the leading cloud and managed service providers in the...

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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

July 25, 2016
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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

The Institute of Directors South West regional chairman Nick Sturge has been appointed to the organisation’s national council as it seeks to ensure that a range of voices from across business are heard as Brexit unfolds. Nick Sturge, pictured, the co-founder and director of Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub, is one of a number of...

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Swindon CGI firm lands contract with Airbus to take would-be customers on virtual flights of fancy

July 11, 2016
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Swindon CGI firm lands contract with Airbus to take would-be customers on virtual flights of fancy

Global aerospace giant Airbus has commissioned small Swindon-based specialist CGI firm Rendermedia to help it win new customers by harnessing the latest virtual reality technology. Rendermedia has created a series of VR programmes that showcase Airbus Defence and Space products. It went live today at the Farnborough International Airshow – the world’s biggest aerospace...

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Jobs axed and investment frozen as Brexit starts to hit Swindon firms

June 29, 2016
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Jobs axed and investment frozen as Brexit starts to hit Swindon firms

Firms across Swindon and the West of England are already cutting jobs, hiking prices and freezing investment as a result of the fall-out from the Brexit vote, according to a snap poll by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. One company said it was considering moving overseas while others have stopped taking on...

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Views on Brexit impact sought from Swindon firms as Government moves to steady businesses’ nerves

June 28, 2016
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Firms from Bristol and across the West of England are being asked for their views on the likely impact of Brexit ahead of a series of crunch meetings between business leaders and senior government figures. The first takes place today when Business Secretary Sajid Javid, pictured, hosts a round table with more than 20 representatives...

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Brexit: Swindon firms hammered by stock market fall-out

June 24, 2016
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Brexit: Swindon firms hammered by stock market fall-out

Millions of pounds were again wiped off the value of Swindon and Wiltshire firms quoted on the London Stock Exchange today as the market turmoil triggered by Friday’s Brexit result continued into this week. Having suffered heavily on Friday, listed firms’ hopes of a more sober day today were dashed as soon as the...

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Strong start to this year draws line under IT firm SciSys’ woes of 2015

June 9, 2016
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Strong start to this year draws line under IT firm SciSys’ woes of 2015

A spate of new contract wins this year have boosted specialist IT firm SciSys as it continues to recovery from a disastrous 2015. A year ago the Chippenham-based firm was rocked by serious problems with a major fixed-price contract. The crisis pushed the firm, which develops complex IT projects for clients in sectors such...

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Deal with US tech firm puts inhaler pioneer Vectura at forefront of digital health sector

May 27, 2016
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Deal with US tech firm puts inhaler pioneer Vectura at forefront of digital health sector

Asthma and lung disease treatment firm Vectura is to collaborate with a US tech firm to develop a range of innovative inhalers. The Chippenham firm, which makes inhalable dry-powder drugs that treat lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, has agreed a partnership with Propeller Health to use its intelligent sensor technology....

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Showcase of innovation, creativity and enterprise gets underway today

May 17, 2016
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Showcase of innovation, creativity and enterprise gets underway today

Business Showcase South West – the region’s largest event of its kind – is taking place today at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium with the city’s Bloodhound Supersonic Car one of the star attractions. The free-to-visit event will also hear from the Bloodhound’s driver Wing Commander Andy Green OBE as one of the keynote speakers...

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