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Bristol robotics firm gets international recognition

A firm grip - one of the robotic hands being developed in Bristol Credit: ITV News

A Bristol start-up has been named one of the top 50 robotics companies to watch this year.

Open Bionics - based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory - has been ranked amongst Dyson, Google and Panasonic for its ground breaking work to create 3D-printed robotic prosthetic hands.

Open Bionics was chosen for the international list by the Robotics Business Review.

Gloucestershire inn wins Pub of the Year

The Salutation Inn or "Sally" has won the title of Pub of the Year Credit: ITV News

A former business analyst who quit his job in London to follow his love of beer says he is "thrilled" his freehouse has been named Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Peter Tiley, 31, had never been behind a bar when he pulled his first pint at The Salutation Inn, known as the Sally, in the small village of Ham, Gloucestershire, two years ago.

Peter Tiley had never pulled a pint before taking on the Salvation Inn two years ago Credit: ITV News

Mr Tiley said the pub was a result of hard work by him and wife Claire, 32, a passionate local community and nine staff.

We feel incredibly lucky and we're very grateful to all the people who have made this pub such a good pub - it's not just us.

Everyone has contributed towards this pub in making it something very special - the locals, the staff, everyone has.

We don't do coffees, but we do really, really good beer. We aren't a coffee house, we are a pub.

– Peter Tiley, Landlord


Wurzels rework hit song for farm safety campaign

The Wurzels have reworked their hit song "Combine Harvester" to raise awareness of farm safety Credit: Yellow Wellies UK

Somerset band The Wurzels have released a new version of their classic 'Combine Harvester' song.

It's part of a new campaign by the National Farmers Union to reduce death and injury in the workplace.

The agricultural industry is the UK's most dangerous occupation - figures from the Health and Safety Executive show 27 people died in farm accidents in the year to April 2014.

Council-run energy company could be approved today

Plans to establish a council-owned energy company in Bristol could be given the go-ahead today.

The aim of Bristol Energy is to offer people a viable and trusted local energy company, say organisers. If approved they could be providing power as early as this summer.

Some of the energy would be provided by wind turbines. Credit: PA

Weston-super-Mare Post Office is saved from closure

It seems the future of the main post office in Weston-super-Mare is now secure Credit: ITV News

The main post office in Weston-super-Mare is to remain open after all.

The branch on Regent Street shut suddenly on Monday evening due to contractual difficulties. But agreement has now been reached with the landlord.

Post Office Ltd released the following statement today:

Weston Super Mare Post Office will remain open as normal at 76 Regent Street. Agreement has been reached with the landlord to allow us to remain on the site. We are delighted agreement has been reached bringing to an end a period of unforeseen uncertainty for customers and staff.

Post Office Ltd recently consulted over plans to relocate Weston Super Mare Post Office to 84 – 86 Regent Street, Weston Super Mare, BS23 1SR. The six week public consultation has ended and an announcement will be made shortly.

– Post Office spokesperson
The Post Office could still move to another address in Regent Street Credit: ITV News

Future of Weston-super-Mare Post Office in doubt

This could be the last day of the main post office in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News

Today could be the last day the main post office in Weston-super-Mare remains open.

The branch on Regent Street closed suddenly on Monday evening due to contractual difficulties but it was allowed to remain open for at least two more days following talks with the landlord.

A new premises for the post office is now being sought.


Has "Hush" closure worked?

"Hush" which sold legal highs has been closed for three months after complaints of anti-social behaviour Credit: ITV News

Police in Taunton have set up a dedicated phone-line to find out if the closure of a shop selling legal highs has reduced anti-social behaviour in the town.

Hush, in Bridge Street, was ordered to close by magistrates for three months after complaints from nearby residents and traders.

Officers are asking people to ring 01823 363 185 with their feedback.

Business Secretary visiting Somerset Levels

Vince Cable will be seeing how small businesses in Somerset are coping, a year after floods devastated the area. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Business Secretary Vince Cable will be spending the day on the Somerset Levels.

He'll be looking how small businesses are coping, a year after floods devastated the area.

The Government has made more than a million pounds available to help flood-hit firms, many of which took years of hard work to build up.

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