Green/sustainable business

UWE opens new round of funding for innovative firms aiming to meet challenges of Covid-19

September 25, 2020
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UWE opens new round of funding for innovative firms aiming to meet challenges of Covid-19

Businesses looking to innovate and address new challenges that have arisen from Covid-19 can apply for funding from a £1m recovery fund set up by UWE Bristol. Following on from a successful first round, the university has launched the second round of funding for its Digital Innovation Fund, which...

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Success on a plate for Bristol food and drink firms as global markets link-up goes virtual

September 25, 2020
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Success on a plate for Bristol food and drink firms as global markets link-up goes virtual

Food and drink producers from Bristol and its surroundings had the opportunity to meet commercial trade officers working across the world this week at the first-ever virtual Meet the Market Expert event. Some 80 businesses booked meetings with more than 50 global trade officers representing 40-plus countries. In total...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan: National business reaction

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan: National business reaction

Measures in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan have been welcomed as “bold steps” and “a shot in the arm” for industry by the UK’s leading business groups. The CBI said it would save hundreds of thousands of viable jobs while the British Chambers of Commerce said it would...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Bristol business reaction

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Bristol business reaction

The Winter Economic Plan announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today may help stave off mass unemployment, but it failed to target support to those sectors that need it most, according to the West of England’s largest business organisation. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, along with other...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Key points

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Key points

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled his Winter Economy Plan to help businesses and their employees as Covid-19 continues to have a devastating impact. The key points are:  A Jobs Support Scheme for employees will replace the furlough scheme, which effectively paid people not to work. Under this new scheme,...

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Lawyers from TLT act on pioneering £30m solar portfolio refinancing

September 24, 2020
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Lawyers from TLT act on pioneering £30m solar portfolio refinancing

A multi-disciplinary team from TLT, the Bristol-headquartered national law firm, has advised on funding for a major solar power scheme that used a pioneering financing method. Innova Energy secured £30m of debt funding from NatWest to finance the mixed portfolio of UK rooftop and ground-mounted solar PV1 (photovoltaic) projects...

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Protect firms and their workers, Business West urges, as Govt brings in raft of new restrictions

September 22, 2020
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Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, today called for a comprehensive support package for firms hit by the latest coronavirus measures. With the number of cases of Covid-19 rising again – promoting a new raft of restrictions on businesses – Business West urged the government to...

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Event: Chance for food and drink firms to go online to meet global market experts

September 21, 2020
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Event: Chance for food and drink firms to go online to meet global market experts

Bristol’s food and drink producers will have an opportunity to meet commercial trade officers working across the world tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, at the first-ever virtual Meet the Market Expert event. It is being organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) in conjunction with the Great British Food...

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Bristol Business Festival to go online to give city’s economy a virtual positive boost

September 18, 2020
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Bristol Business Festival to go online to give city’s economy a virtual positive boost

Bristol’s biggest virtual business showcase will next week highlight many of the city’s firms that innovating in the age of coronavirus. The Bristol Business Festival on Wednesday and Thursday promises “high-value content, great engagement and the positive boost we all need in these challenging times”, according to its organisers.  It will...

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City council to sponsor Bristol’s showcase of sustainable business

September 18, 2020
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City council to sponsor Bristol’s showcase of sustainable business

The Festival of Sustainable Business, the one-day event aimed at showcasing and celebrating firms’ actions to achieve carbon neutrality, has announced Bristol City Council as a headline sponsor. The council joins fellow sponsors Bristol insurer Brunel Group and the Future Economy Network, the Bristol-based group that is also organising...

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TLT acts for Bristol Energy in sell-off after city council decides to offload troubled firm

September 18, 2020
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TLT acts for Bristol Energy in sell-off after city council decides to offload troubled firm

Lawyers from the Bristol headquarters of TLT have advised Bristol Energy, the loss-making company set up in 2015 by the city council, on the sale of its residential customer base and brand. Ethical energy firm Together Energy, based in Clydebank, Scotland, paid £14m for the assets in a deal...

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Change at the top at Quartet Community Foundation as CEO Sue Turner leaves

September 17, 2020
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Change at the top at Quartet Community Foundation as CEO Sue Turner leaves

Quartet, the community foundation covering Bristol and the West of England, has appointed its philanthropy director Ronnie Brown as interim CEO following the departure of Sue Turner. Sue, pictured, who has led the organisation for more than five years – a period in which she helped  more than double...

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Scheme launched to help firms tackle issue of mental health at work as Covid-19 crisis takes its toll

September 16, 2020
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Scheme launched to help firms tackle issue of mental health at work as Covid-19 crisis takes its toll

A support programme to assist Bristol firms in responding to mental health concerns in the workplace, particularly those arising from Covid-19, has been launched. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing in the two-year Thrive at Work West of England programme, which aims to address key mental...

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