Green/sustainable business

Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

September 24, 2021
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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

Bristol-based serial social entrepreneur and community activist Jaya Chakrabarti MBE has become the new president of city’s Chamber of Commerce & Initiative – the membership and lobbying organisation at the heart of regional group Business West. Having served as vice-president for seven years, Jaya, pictured, replaces outgoing president Richard...

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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

September 23, 2021
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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

SETsquared, the globally acclaimed, University of Bristol-supported business incubator, has expanded with the addition of Cardiff University. Cardiff has become the sixth member of the partnership, which has been named three times as the world’s number one university business incubator.  SETsquared was set up in 2002 by a small...

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More food waste-powered trucks ‘buzz’ onto region’s streets as cafés and offices aim for carbon neutral

September 20, 2021
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More food waste-powered trucks ‘buzz’ onto region’s streets as cafés and offices aim for carbon neutral

Two new large recycling vehicles powered entirely from the food waste they collect have been launched by GENeco, the Bristol-based renewable energy and recycling company best known for its poo-powered Bio-Bus. The vehicles, which service cafés, restaurants, schools and offices around the West of England, are the latest addition...

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Bristol fashion entrepreneur urges firms to take responsibility and work towards net zero

September 17, 2021
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Bristol fashion entrepreneur urges firms to take responsibility and work towards net zero

Nearly 200 Bristol business leaders and entrepreneurs have been told they will “face uncomfortable truths” on their journey to becoming zero carbon but had an obligation to the planet do it. Keri Andriana, pictured, founder of Bristol-based handbag brand Amschela, told the gathering, part of the nationwide Zero Carbon...

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TLT signs Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its commitment to be net zero by 2025

September 14, 2021
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TLT signs Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its commitment to be net zero by 2025

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT has become the second from the city to commit to reducing the environmental impact of litigation. It has signed the Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its aim to be net zero by 2025 while also supporting clients with their own sustainability goals.  The pledge...

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Funding for drone tech firm on a mission to slash wind turbine maintenance costs

September 10, 2021
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Funding for drone tech firm on a mission to slash wind turbine maintenance costs

A Bristol robotics business aiming to cut the cost of maintaining wind turbines is flying high after landing £1.6m in its latest funding round. Perceptual Robotics uses autonomous drones to map turbines before passing the images onto a cloud-based AI (artificial intelligence) system which processes them to detect damage. ...

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Firms’ unused apprenticeship levy funds can help unlock Bristol’s wealth of talent, says Metro Mayor

September 8, 2021
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Firms’ unused apprenticeship levy funds can help unlock Bristol’s wealth of talent, says Metro Mayor

Bristol firms are being urged to help people in the city develop new skills by adding their unused apprenticeship levy funds to a shared funding pot. Nearly half a million pounds has already been pledged to the Share to Support scheme by apprentice-levy paying employers from across West of England...

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COP26 battle bus to visit Bristol and help put city’s firms on the road to a net zero carbon future

September 3, 2021
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COP26 battle bus to visit Bristol and help put city’s firms on the road to a net zero carbon future

Bristol firms, organisations and community groups are to share their inspirational stories about the projects they are undertaking to decarbonise when a national Zero Carbon Tour arrives in the city next week. Visitors to Planet Mark’s carbon battle bus, pictured, which will stop at UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus on...

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Deadline looming for prestigious regional awards that recognise excellence in the boardroom

September 3, 2021
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Deadline looming for prestigious regional awards that recognise excellence in the boardroom

Time is running out for Bristol directors to enter the region’s top awards scheme championing its outstanding boardroom talent. The deadline for the annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards is September 13. Nominations are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they...

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Burges Salmon helps Investec put together anaerobic digestion finance deal worth up to £90m

September 2, 2021
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Burges Salmon helps Investec put together anaerobic digestion finance deal worth up to £90m

The energy and infrastructure finance team Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has advised banking group Investec on a deal that could lead to growth in the use of anaerobic digestion in the UK. The anaerobic digestion (AD) sector is already playing a significant role in the wider decarbonisation...

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Curtain up on bigger community programme to be staged by The Hippodrome and National Friendly

September 2, 2021
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Curtain up on bigger community programme to be staged by The Hippodrome and National Friendly

Pictured, from left: Steve Jones and Ben Phillips from The Bristol Hippodrome, Kurtis Reece from National Friendly and Adrian Brown from Southmead Hospital Charity Bristol-based specialist insurer National Friendly and The Bristol Hippodrome have announced a substantial enlargement of their community support programme along with new ambitious plans to raise...

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Battery recycling project launched by Bristol firm to meet demand from huge growth in eScooters

August 27, 2021
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Battery recycling project launched by Bristol firm to meet demand from huge growth in eScooters

The UK’s first recycling scheme for the batteries that are powering the ever-growing number of eScooters and electric bikes on the roads has been set up by a Bristol firm. Eco Recover is a new division of EcoMove, which opened a flagship store in Bristol last summer to sell...

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Pace of growth in Bristol’s co-working sector picks up again as two hubs open their doors

August 27, 2021
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Pace of growth in Bristol’s co-working sector picks up again as two hubs open their doors

The trend for co-working space in Bristol, which was booming just before the pandemic hit, has picked up again with the opening of a new centre for organisations committed to social change and the relaunch of one of the city’s original hubs. Streamline in Bristol’s Paintworks creative quarter on...

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