June 2018


News In Brief

AI firm to take on interns
A Warwick-based artificial intelligence (AI) specialist is to take on a number of interns as part of a new scheme.
EBI.AI, who has worked with the likes of Stena Line, will welcome three interns on a 12-month programme.

Accountancy firm in Warwickshire relocation
New offices in Nuneaton have been taken by one of the largest independent accountancy firms in Warwickshire.

No objections raised to £26m self-driving test track
North Warwickshire councillors have raised no objections to plans for a £26m driverless vehicle testing centre which would be used by cars going up to 155mph. A report published confirmed that 250 ‘highly skilled jobs’ would be directly created by the scheme

Queen's Awards tips for aspiring businesses
Companies across Coventry and Warwickshire have been given tips for landing one of the most prestigious business awards in the UK.
Businesses from across the region attended an event on the Queen’s Awards hosted by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber alongside the Lord and Deputy Lord Lieutenants of Warwickshire and the West Midlands at The Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty.

Warwickshire set for economic boost - chamber chief
Coventry and Warwickshire will feel the economic benefits of the region’s sporting and cultural success for many years to come, according to the chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

Game developer returns to profit as turnover surges
Codemasters, one of the oldest names in Britain's video games industry, which was valued at about £280m when it floated on AIM at the start of the month, has reported a surge in turnover and returned to profit in its latest financial year, according to new accounts.

Stratford-based company wins very light rail contract in Coventry
Transport Design International, which is based at Clifford Chambers in Stratford-upon-Avon, has won a tender to create a state-of-the-art, lightweight, battery-operated, rail-guided vehicle which will ultimately be capable of operating without a driver.

Wright Hassall signs Wasps deal
Law firm Wright Hassall has signed a deal with Premiership rugby side Wasps ahead of the new season to be the club’s legal partner.
The five-year agreement will see Wright Hassall undertake the majority of Wasps’ legal work across a wide range of its activities while its name will feature on next season’s first team shirt.

Game developer snapped up by Microsoft
A Leamington Spa-based games developer, which has worked on the Forza franchise, has been acquired by technology giant Microsoft.

Premier Inn spend £3.2m on hotel extension
The Premier Inn on the Parade in Leamington Spa is being extended to become a 100 bedroom hotel at a cost of £3.2 million.
The extension will start in June and is expected to take about 20 weeks to complete, for a scheduled opening by the end of 2018.

Failed Channel 4 bid team vows to stick together
The team behind Leamington Spa's failed bid to be shortlisted to be the new home of one of Channel 4's creative hubs has vowed to continue to work together on projects.

Turkey deal signed with HOBIRA MIRA
Horiba Mira, which develops unmanned ground vehicle systems in Nuneaton, has signed a deal with a consortium including Turkish defence company Katmerciler.
The consortium, which also includes Savronik and Delta, will now work to develop Mira's unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) platform Viking to meet specific Turkish requirements.

3D mapping platform gets JLR investment
Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital arm has invested in an online 3D mapping platform aimed at outdoor adventure lovers and mountain professionals. InMotion Ventures has invested in FATMAP, which is headquartered in London, which will support the company's global ambition to become a key destination for adventure and outdoor activities.

Warwick firm snapped up by Atalian Servest
A Warwick business has been snapped up by facilities management service provider Atalian Servest, its first deal since forming as a result of the recent merger between Atalian and Servest.

HQ relocation for electrical wholesaler
An electrical wholesaler has relocated its headquarters from Leicester to Warwickshire as it marks 20 years in business.



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