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Business Secretary backs high tech firms in Bristol

Vince Cable meets Leah Rider, who's just started on the graduate scheme at the National Composites Centre Credit: ITV News

The Business Secretary Vince Cable is on a visit to Bristol in which he is calling in at some of the most cutting edge firms in the region.

His first stop was to open a £28 million extension to the National Composites Centre at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It conducts research into materials that can be used in industries including aerospace, motorsport, marine and satellite.

Vince Cable to announce £50 million for SW businesses

Vince Cable will be in the region today to announce £50 million worth of funding for companies in the South West.

The Business Secretary will visit Bristol and Gloucestershire to make a series of announcements in support of high-tech manufacturing - including officially opening a £28 million extension to the National Composites Centre in South Gloucestershire (Emerson's Green).

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Environment Sec to look at dairy farmers' problems

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss at the recent Conservative Party Conference Credit: PA

The Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss is chairing a meeting this lunchtime to discuss the pressures facing dairy farmers.

Some say the price they are paid for their milk has been cut by as much as 20% in the past six months and, in some cases, is falling below the cost of producing it.

Filton Airfield's future is revealed

This is what Filton Airfield could look like in years to come Credit: Alder King

The vision to transform Filton Airfield into homes, schools, shops and businesses over the next 20 years can be revealed in detail for the first time.

Land owner BAE Systems has submitted an outline planning application for the site to South Gloucestershire Council.

If it is approved, work could start in 2016 or 2017, with the first people moving in that year. But the scheme may not be finished for up to 20 years.

The site stretches across 354 acres - that's about 354 football pitches or 5,664 tennis courts - and will include:

  • 2,675 new homes
  • Two new primary schools and one new secondary school which will double up as a sports centre
  • Dental surgery, health centre, optician and 70-bed care home
  • A pub, supermarket and other shops
  • 120-bed hotel
  • New railway station, Metrobus link and road improvements
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UWE careers fair buzzing as SW unemployment falls

8000 more people in the region have managed to find a job in the last month, according to figures released today.

Across the region there are now 127,000 people still out of work. The number has fallen over the past three months.

Today's careers fair at UWE. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

At the University of the West of England, 3000 students are expected at a careers fair today, from the first to third year. 130 employers are there: more wanted to come but the fair was fully booked.

UWE student Natalia Rudd, 23. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

"I definitely think a degree is the chance of getting a job. And I need to start paying off my loan."

– Natalia Rudd, aspiring radiotherapist
UWE student Stanley Furniss, 22. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

"I think jobs fairs are ideal for getting in front of prospective employers. I'm confident I will find a job this way."

– Stanley Furniss, aspiring architect

Weston's Sand Sculpture festival is under threat

There are fears that sculptures like this will not be returning to Weston-super-Mare next year Credit: ITV News

Weston-super-Mare's popular Sand Sculpture festival may not return to the seafront next year unless it gets sponsorship.

Organisers say it costs around £30,000 to set the event up. They are also looking to improve security and even to include an education centre on site.

The annual festival - which brings in sculptors from across the world - is a big attraction for the seaside town.

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