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12 new jobs created at Cam Machines

Successful LEP Growth fund bidder, Cam Machine Components are planning to buy faster and more modern machinery with their £73k award from the Going for Growth fund and create 12 new jobs.

Set up in 1996, the Clevedon-based manufacturer now focuses on the specialist manufacture of parts for the oil and gas drilling and renewable energies industries, and additional 3D printer components, which are made particularly for the education market. Their expansion and growing order book means that they have recently doubled their capacity and shopfloor space, taking on an additional unit on the same estate.

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Market Dojo wins R&D funding

Bristol-based e-sourcing software business, Market Dojo, have been awarded nearly £25,000 for a research and development project.

Market Dojo only began trading in 2010 but have continuously expanded by reinvesting over 35% of their revenue in R&D. They were the first in the sourcing market place to offer a true software as a service solution without needing to maintain any locally installed instances. They focus on in-house solutions for SMEs, enabling businesses to centralise their purchasing activities in one system and negotiate efficiently through the use of e-Auctions.

They have previously been successful in bidding for two grants from the Technology Strategy Board, which have meant they were able to expand their solutions.

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New Skills Junction to launch

The launch of ‘Skills Junction’, the West of England’s new website to facilitate both businesses and individuals in finding local training, is fast approaching.

Funded by UKCES, Skills Junction has been developed by the WE LEP Skills team to underpin the skills agenda and simplify the search for training. Watch this space for more details or contact


Become part of the Skills solution

With an ageing workforce, changes to career pathways and growing skills gaps, it's imperative that new doors are opened to future generations and existing employees can retrain and upskill to meet changing skills demands.

Become part of the skills solution. The WE LEP Skills team are holding two sessions to give you the chance to come along and have your say, help influence and shape training, and meet skills providers in the region.

Events take place at Paintworks, Bristol on 13th February for the creative industries and Bath Rugby Club on 27th Feb for SMEs.

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Survey predicting strong growth for West businesses

The latest British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) provides further evidence that the West of England’s economy is growing at a solid pace.

The Q4 survey, made up of responses from nearly 8,000 businesses, showed improvements in most areas compared with Q2. Business West contributed over 620 responses from businesses in the West.

Sales, orders and an increase in workforce have contributed to a feeling of optimism.

Business West managing director, Phil Smith, said: “It is fantastic to start the New Year with a very positive quarterly survey. Confidence is high and our members are resolute in their determination to take the recovery from being good to truly great.”

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Superfast broadband switched on in Yate

Superfast fibre broadband has arrived in Yate, as part of the Government’s £35.6 million Superfast Britain programme.

Around 45 businesses in South Gloucestershire are set to benefit as the new green fibre broadband street cabinets serve the Stover Road business park. By the end of March 2015, 94% of premises in South Glos will have access to superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above. This builds on BT’s existing commercial roll out, which has already made the technology available to 87,000 homes and businesses, rising to more than 90,000 by the end of spring 2014.

The street cabinets were switched on by councillors from South Gloucestershire Council, representatives from Business West and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey as part of ‘Super Switch-On Day’, on Wednesday 18th December 2013.


Wrington’s amazing Ethicurean

Check out this beautiful story portrait of the Walled Garden at Wrington and how its produce is transformed in the Ethicurean’s award-winning restaurant in the garden’s former glasshouse.

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