Positive outlook for South West Tech firms

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 02/07/2020 - 6:06am

Tech firms in the South West are predicting a strong year of growth in 2020, according to the findings of the annual Tech South West survey.

Tech organisations from Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset took part in the survey.

It revealed that almost two thirds (64.8%) of technology firms in the region expect their company workforce to increase in 2020.

Barriers to making the most of technology revealed

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Wed, 01/29/2020 - 9:37am

The biggest barriers to South West businesses making the most of technology have been revealed.

Cost, lacking the knowledge to make the right decisions and the time to focus on improvements to existing technology are the three top barriers according to a new survey.

Exeter-based technology support and strategy firm Timewade carried out the regional survey, in partnership with Tech South West, to shed light on how firms are using technology and uncover reasons behind the region’s productivity gap.

Timewade’s Jordan Westcott, Operations Director and Julian Wills, Managing Director.

Study of South West SMEs use of technology gets underway

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/09/2019 - 8:44am

Businesses across the South West are being encouraged to take part in a new study to find out how well companies are using technology to boost productivity.

The Technology for Success initiative will give organisations the chance to benchmark their use of technology to support and grow their business and compare it with similar businesses.

Pint of Science

Event Date: 
20/05/2019 - 7:00pm to 22/05/2019 - 9:30pm

<p>Running from the 20th-22nd of May the international, three-day Pint of Science festival will see thousands of scientists simultaneously bringing their research out of the lab to share with the public in over 300 cities across 24 countries. Founded seven years ago by two UK researchers, the festival brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite locals. New for 2019 is the festival theme “What Next?” – we’ll be posing this critical question to researchers working across a huge range of scientific disciplines.</p>

Activa Contracts celebrates safer driving with first winner of Lightfoot Sponsored League

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 9:40am

Paul Peers of Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s largest port operators, has become the first winner of Activa Contracts’ latest risk management initiative run in partnership with Lightfoot, which recognises and rewards road safety skills.

The ‘Activa Contracts Lightfoot Drivers’ League’ encourages smoother, safer driving among the many fleets using both Activa contracted company cars and vans, and Lightfoot’s driver behaviour technology.   

Plymouth Science Park

High tech e-commerce firm expanding at PSP

Authored by Duncan Little
Posted: Wed, 02/13/2019 - 8:35am

Expansion plans are taking shape at top Plymouth Science Park based IT firm Garsto as demand for its services continues to grow.

Working alongside big brand names, the team of six is able to produce highly bespoke e-commerce packages - specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of the client.

The development and creative agency build applications and websites for clients.

The bespoke finished product ensures its high-tech gadgetry not only provides an outstanding design but also a secure on-line transactional service.

New aquarium lighting at Living Coasts

Dim the lights, I’m feeling fishy…

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:11am

A stunning state-of-the-art lighting system has been installed at Living Coasts – for the fish.

The sophisticated new system in the aquarium of Torquay’s coastal zoo means that fish can experience natural dawns and dusks. Staff hope this will lead to more of what comes naturally…

One of the zoo’s aquarists, Sam Worthington, explained: “Now, each tank can have its own settings. We can do gradual sunrises and sunsets with different colour temperatures, going from a soft pink dawn to a bright middle of the day and back down to dusk. 

Activa Contracts launches new initiative recognising safest drivers

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:15am

In an effort to ensure safer drivers in their clients’ fleets are properly rewarded and commended, Activa Contracts is sponsoring a new initiative with its risk management partner, Lightfoot.

The ‘Activa Contracts Lightfoot Drivers’ League’ rewards one driver each week from the many fleets using both Activa contracted company cars and vans and Lightfoot’s driver behaviour technology.

Devon-based thermal engineering specialist, GRE Ltd, achieves highest international quality standard

Authored by Becky Morris
Posted: Wed, 10/24/2018 - 10:34am

Devon-based thermal engineering specialist, GRE Ltd, has succeeded in retaining the highest level of internationally recognised quality management standard, having achieved ISO9001:2015 for the second time.

The certification requires organisations to demonstrate that their quality management system (QMS) enables them to achieve statutory and regulatory requirements, delivering consistent and continued improvement of processes, and leading to high levels of performance, customer and stakeholder satisfaction.

Draw on the walls at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:15am

New technology at Torquay’s coastal zoo means you can colour in a sea creature and see it come to life in front of your eyes.

The coastal conservation charity has installed an electronic wall where drawings are turned into animations. It’s the first time tech of this kind has been seen in the UK.

Guests can colour one of a range of marine creatures, including tropical fish, seahorses and rays, scan them and then interact with them thanks to Draw Alive.