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Award-Winning IT Consultancy moves into Bristol

IT consulting and software development house, BJSS, has opened its first office in Bristol to support clients in the South West. This is the company’s fifth UK office after London, Leeds, Manchester and Derby.

BJSS is an award-winning IT consultancy which was established in Leeds in 1993. It boasts an international presence with clients on both sides of the Atlantic, and is recognised for its experience in the financial services, commodity trading, media & telecoms, retail, and government sectors. BJSS was recently included in the inaugural London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report. Find out more about BJSS here.

 

Using video games to transform the aerospace industry

Bristol-based engineering and consultancy firm, Aertec Solutions, has launched a project that aims to take video game technology and use it for the aerospace market.

Working with the technology subsidiary of Airbus, the project will analyse video game technologies and establish new practical applications that may be adapted to the aerospace and aviation industry. The aim is to create prototypes that can then be further developed.

The multinational company moved to Bristol last year with a team of five and is currently being supported by the Invest Bristol & Bath team and its aerospace sector specialist. Aertek sees growth in the British market as a crucial part of its international expansion plans.

Company innovation director, Pedro Pablo Sanchez, said: "There are two reasons why this project holds so much significance for us. Firstly, for its contribution to the innovative processes currently being developed by Airbus Group to apply in their future aeronautical programmes and, secondly, because Aertec Solutions is now an active part of the UK Technology Strategy Board."

Aertec was created in 1997 and is composed of consultants and engineers who specialise in aerospace and aviation working in industrial operations, infrastructures, systems and business processes for the aerospace and aviation sectors.  They deliver specialised engineering and expert consulting solutions to the key players of the aerospace industry, air transport and airport management. Read more here.

 

China ready to do business in Bristol & Bath region

Chinese ambassador Minister Counsellor Zhou Xiaoming has told Bristol businesses that China is ready and waiting to do business in the West of England.

Invest Bristol & Bath hosted the Minister Commercial and his team from the Chinese Embassy visit led by the Bristol China Partnership. The delegation visited the Engine Shed, Bristol and Bath Science Park, Bristol Robotics Lab at UWE, and concluded the day with a dinner with Mayor George Ferguson to follow up on the EU China Urbanisation Summit in November. Find out more.

 

Flying high in Singapore

The West of England was on show in Singapore this week, as part of the Singapore Airshow. A small team from Invest Bristol & Bath attended, alongside colleagues from UKTI. Many of the large aerospace and defence businesses with roots in the region were there including Airbus, Rolls Royce, GKN Aerospace and MDBA.

The team held over 60 meetings during the four day show and came away with 20 active leads to follow up, plus a series of further meetings at Farnborough Airshow later in the year. The show also gave the opportunity to look at how other European regions are presenting themselves to the market.

Traditionally, the UK looks to the US and EU for overseas investment opportunities, but the Asian aerospace market is growing.

The region is one of only a handful of places in the world with several prime aerospace organisations and strong local SME supply chain and the sector has been identified by the LEP as a key sector for economic growth. Read more.

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