Green/sustainable business

Bristol firms dominate unique list of South West’s most disruptive firms

November 17, 2017
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Bristol firms dominate unique list of South West’s most disruptive firms

The 25 most disruptive firms in the South West have been named in a unique list – with seven of the top 10 based in Bristol. The first of its kind, the Disrupt South West index recognises ventures with headquarters in the region which hold the greatest potential to...

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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Bristol’s ethical firms

November 17, 2017
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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Bristol’s ethical firms

Bristol’s ethical organisations – large and small – are being invited to enter the annual South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise the contribution that businesses, organisations and institutes in the region make in support of Fairtrade by buying certified Fairtrade products for...

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Engine Shed 2 project on track after city council gives green light to new innovation hub

November 10, 2017
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Engine Shed 2 project on track after city council gives green light to new innovation hub

Ambitious plans for a second Engine Shed innovation hub in Bristol were this week given the go-ahead by the city council, paving the way for increased long-term, sustainable and inclusive economic growth based on its model of collaboration. Engine Shed 2 will enable it to bring new projects into...

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Confidence climbs to 12-month high as orders and sales strengthen, Business West survey reveals

November 10, 2017
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Confidence climbs to 12-month high as orders and sales strengthen, Business West survey reveals

West of England firms’ domestic sales and orders have grown at their fastest rate for two years, while business confidence is at its highest since before the Brexit referendum, according to the latest survey from Business West. The organisation, the largest business membership group in the region, said the...

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Rise of ethical investing sends Rathbone Greenbank’s funds under management through £1bn

November 10, 2017
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Rise of ethical investing sends Rathbone Greenbank’s funds under management through £1bn

Funds under management at Bristol-based ‘green’ investment firm Rathbone Greenbank have exceeded £1bn for the first time as ethical investing moves into the mainstream. The firm’s specialist ethical and sustainable investment team has been a pioneer in the field, expanding to meet demand to include a total of 22...

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Firms to get a chance to find out why Fairtrade makes business sense at Bristol workshop

November 10, 2017
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Firms to get a chance to find out why Fairtrade makes business sense at Bristol workshop

Bristol firms are to get the chance to learn more about the business case behind using Fairtrade products at an event later this month. The workshop, staged by Bristol Fairtrade Network at the Future Economy Centre on Temple Way, will give help and inspiration on ways to source Fairtrade...

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Staff wellbeing, teamwork, yoga – and ping pong – earn Bristol firms happiest workplace awards

November 10, 2017
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Staff wellbeing, teamwork, yoga – and ping pong – earn Bristol firms happiest workplace awards

Four Bristol area firms have been named among the happiest places to work in the South West, with staff enjoying benefits ranging from flexible working and training to meditation and ping pong. The South West Happiest Workplaces awards were launched three years ago by Bristol-based workspace and interior design...

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Trio of Bristol entrepreneurs on list of UK’s high-growth innovators

November 8, 2017
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Trio of Bristol entrepreneurs on list of UK’s high-growth innovators

Three influential Bristol business figures have been included on a list of 100 UK organisations and their leaders that demonstrate excellence through growth, innovation and purpose. Ellen Green, founder and managing director of Blue Badge Co, Bevis Watts, UK managing director of ethical bank Triodos, and Kalpna Woolf, founder...

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£10m commitment fuels further progress for Bristol’s car-of-the-future research centre

November 6, 2017
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£10m commitment fuels further progress for Bristol’s car-of-the-future research centre

The planned world-beating automotive research centre on the outskirts of Bristol has passed a significant milestone after receiving official confirmation that it will receive funding of £10m. IAAPS – Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems – will help develop the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles and create an...

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TEDxBristol Dares to Disrupt by showcasing the breadth of the city’s ideas and innovation

November 3, 2017
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TEDxBristol Dares to Disrupt by showcasing the breadth of the city’s ideas and innovation

A packed Colston Hall has spent two days listening to presentations on topics ranging from surviving the robot revolution to controversial medical research on ME at TEDxBristol. The event – the largest of its kind in the UK – brought together a range of top speakers around the theme...

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Events: BRAVE training courses and workshops

October 31, 2017
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Events: BRAVE training courses and workshops

BRAVE Enterprise, the not-for-profit business advice organisation in Bristol, is holding a series of training workshops during November for those who are looking to promote, protect or start a business. All courses are held at The Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, Bristol BS2 8QN, and include:  Starting in...

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Bristol’s innovation and collaboration earn it title of country’s leading smart city

October 30, 2017
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Collaboration between Bristol’s tech sector, council and academia has helped it overtake London as the UK’s leading smart city, according to a new index. Navigant Consulting, which was commissioned by Huawei UK to produce the second UK Smart Cities Index, said Bristol’s success was a direct result of it...

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Micro loan link-up for Bristol travel firm to fund entrepreneurs in developing countries

October 30, 2017
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Micro loan link-up for Bristol travel firm to fund entrepreneurs in developing countries

TravelLocal, the Bristol-based firm that connects travellers with local experts in more than 45 destinations, has teamed up with a microfund organisation to lend to low-income entrepreneurs in some of the world’s poorest countries. For very booking made on its site, TravelLocal is contributing $25 (£19) towards a loan...

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