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[May 21, 2014]

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(Bristol Evening Post (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) People ? A BUSINESS that makes traffic control systems enjoyed a visit from the Duke of Kent.

Simulation Systems Ltd showed off its CCTV equipment which is used by the Highways Agency to manage motorways such as the busy M4/ M5 junction near Bristol.

A spokesman from the Yatton-based firm said: "The visit went extremely well. The Duke enjoyed meeting the workforce and looking at the leading edge highways technology demonstrations.

"He was particularly engaged by the demonstration of the precision long-range CCTV camera which could be zoomed into far distant landmarks, he stated that the camera was amazingly good." It's not the first royal recognition for the firm as it won the Queen's Award for Enterprise and Innovation last year.


? Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has announced two senior promotions in its Bristol office.

Darren Sheward, head of office at the commercial property firm in Bristol, said: "It has been a landmark year for LSH, and we are excited about the future as we continue to innovate and invest. LSH is set for growth and is investing in its staff." Simon Redgers and Hollie Ruddle have been promoted to associate director in building consultancy and capital markets, respectively.

? Meanwhile another commercial property agent - Colliers International - is challenging Bristol's business community to take part in its annual TRYathlon.

The Broad Quay-based agency will hold its second Bristol Professionals TRYathlon on Thursday, July 10, offering a chance to test yourself against colleagues from other firms, network with fellow city professionals and raise money for a good cause.

Despite being held on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year, last summer's inaugural event was a great success attracting more than 150 competitors from across the Bristol business scene including eventual winner Steven McGuigan from Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

Head of the office Tim Davies - who completed last year's challenge - said: "The emphasis is very much on fun but that didn't mean to say competitors aren't going all out to win." The event will be held at Tockington Manor School from 10am-3pm. Contact Sue Francomb on 0117 917 2041 or sue.francomb @colliers.com to get involved.

? Law firm Ashfords LLP has hired Stewart James as a partner in the company commercial team in Bristol.

Stewart was previously a partner at DLA Piper before working as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice and specialises in advising public sector bodies on regulated procurement, outsourcing and ICT.

Stewart said: "Better use of technology is allowing the old order dominated by large firms to be replaced by more flexible, client- focused law firms like Ashfords that concentrate on delivering innovative solutions within constrained budgets." Deal? The idea of harnessing the power of the Severn Estuary has been on and off the agenda for decades but now progress is being made with help from Bristol-based law firm TLT.

The firm has advised Tidal Lagoon Power on the grant of a Power Purchase option to clean energy supplier, Good Energy.

Tidal Lagoon Power is behind the world's largest tidal energy project of any kind, which is being planned for Swansea Bay.

It intends to start generating electricity in 2018.

Good Energy has taken an option of over 10 per cent of the planned electricity output and has made an associated subscription for 500,000 of new shares as part of the project funding.

TLT's Robin Staunton said: "This area of the UK has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world and the potential for generating low-carbon electricity from this low-impact natural element is enormous." Patrick Carter, director at Tidal Lagoon Power said: "This investment is significant on two levels: as a contribution to our ongoing development fundraising and as a powerful endorsement of our project from a growing UK renewable electricity supplier." ? SCISYS - a supplier of bespoke software systems and support services to the media, space and defence sectors - has signed a Pounds 1.2 million deal with the European Space Agency.

The firm, based in Brislington, will deliver a project testing autonomous systems, essential for future space missions involving planetary rovers and robots, called the Harwell Robotics and Autonomy Facility in Oxford. Planetary rovers are critical to enable future planetary exploration science missions.

Testing them needs specialist facilities including mock planetary surfaces, simulated software environments and field trials.

CEO Klaus Heidrich said: "The area of autonomous systems and robotics is currently receiving a lot of investment and with HRAF we are delighted to be at the forefront of this area.

"In addition to our core space business it also has the potential to create exciting opportunities in non-space domains." Awards? Wessex Water's operations team has picked up two prestigious awards for keeping its workforce safe and healthy.

The firm received an International Health and Safety Award with distinction from the British Safety Council, along with a new sector award. Of the 521 organisations that were awarded an International Safety Award, 33 were shortlisted as deserving candidates for the new sector awards with Wessex Water receiving the energy generation, distribution and utilities sector award. Charles Keyte, one of the firm's health and safety advisers, said: "This achievement shows our commitment to maintaining the health, safety and well-being of our employees through good health and safety management." The awards were presented at the International Safety Awards Gala Dinner which took place at the Grosvenor House in London, last month.

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