Green/sustainable business

Chance for businesses to have their say on the future of public transport in the West of England

January 18, 2019
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Chance for businesses to have their say on the future of public transport in the West of England

Priorities for easing traffic congestion in Bristol and across the West of England to support economic growth will come under scrutiny at a major conference next week. The West of England Public Transport Summit & Debate aims to influence thinking on the issue – one of the most pressing...

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Engine Shed seeking new tenant after StartUp Accelerator scales up and departs its Arrival Lounge

January 18, 2019
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Engine Shed seeking new tenant after StartUp Accelerator scales up and departs its Arrival Lounge

Bristol enterprise hub Engine Shed is looking for a new occupier for its Arrivals Lounge after another tenant has outgrown it. The 600 sq ft office space, which leads off Engine Shed’s Members’ Lounge, pictured, will be available from February 7 on competitive and flexible terms. It has room...

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Help for Bristol businesses looking to develop a more diverse workforce

January 11, 2019
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Help for Bristol businesses looking to develop a more diverse workforce

Bristol businesses looking to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforce as well as their attractiveness to diverse and younger markets can get help through a new training course developed by city-based youth empowerment organisation Babbasa. Called Bridging the Gap, Babbasa’s professional development programme, harnesses its research and...

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‘Indoor farming’ pioneers reap £1m funding to develop its groundbreaking products

January 11, 2019
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‘Indoor farming’ pioneers reap £1m funding to develop its groundbreaking products

LettUs Grow, the Bristol-based agri-tech firm, has secured investment of £1m to build world-beating indoor ‘farms’ that could help feed the ever-increasing global population. Under the funding, which has come from a range of investors, LettUS Grow scale its operations and develop new products to access a rapidly growing...

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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

January 8, 2019
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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

Countdown presenter Nick Hewer is to host this year’s South West Fair Trade Business Awards. Nick, pictured, who was also Sir Alan Sugar’s former right-hand man on The Apprentice, is a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation. He will help present the awards...

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Chance for firms to shape future of skills in the region as shortages begin to hit

January 4, 2019
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Chance for firms to shape future of skills in the region as shortages begin to hit

Bristol firms are being urged to take part in the region’s largest survey on skills shortages as the issue once again becomes one of the most critical factors for the West of England economy’s continued success. The survey – conducted by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation –...

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Unique chance for anyone working in automation to take part in pioneering creative tech project

January 3, 2019
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Unique chance for anyone working in automation to take part in pioneering creative tech project

A groundbreaking project supporting the expansion of creative technology in the West of England is seeking people working in the field of automation to apply for one of 24 paid fellowships. The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN), a £6.5m government-backed initiative led by UWE Bristol in partnership with...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Bristol Business News

December 21, 2018
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Bristol Business News

Bristol Business News wishes its readers, subscribers and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. We will continue to provide the city’s most authoritative business news, information and analysis throughout the festive period. Our next Bristol Business News e-bulletin will be published on Friday,...

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Pieminister has appetite for more growth as its ‘virtuous circle’ business model fuels 14% sales rise

December 21, 2018
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Pieminister has appetite for more growth as its ‘virtuous circle’ business model fuels 14% sales rise

Bristol’s pioneering pie business Pieminister has shrugged off the unprecedented challenges facing the food and hospitality sectors to grow annual sales by 14%. The firm, which opened its first venue in Stokes Croft in 2003, achieved sales in the year to March 31 of £14.3m against £12.6m in the...

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Bristol Initiative marks 30 years with look back at its achievements – and look ahead at new challenges

December 21, 2018
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Bristol Initiative marks 30 years with look back at its achievements – and look ahead at new challenges

More than 150 business, community and civic leaders gathered to celebrate 30 years of the Bristol, Bath and West of England Initiative and hear how it has helped shape the region’s economic and cultural landscape over three decades. The Initiative, which sits at the heart of Business West, was...

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Womble Bond Dickinson earns Planet Mark certification after slashing its carbon emissions

December 20, 2018
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Womble Bond Dickinson earns Planet Mark certification after slashing its carbon emissions

Measures such as investing in LED lights, clearly labelling recycling bins and reducing corporate travel by using Skype have helped transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) reduce its carbon emissions by 16% this year. The figure is more than three times the target set by the firm, which...

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Smith & Williamson Christmas charity quiz unwraps £4,000 for Addiction Recovery Agency

December 18, 2018
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Smith & Williamson Christmas charity quiz unwraps £4,000 for Addiction Recovery Agency

Bristol’s insolvency professionals raised more than £4,000 for charity after getting their thinking caps on for a quiz night hosted by accountancy, tax and investment management group Smith & Williamson.  The ‘Nearly Christmas Charity Quiz’ has been held by the firm’s restructuring and recovery services department in Bristol for...

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Range of businesses endorse region’s first events industry showcase through partnerships

December 14, 2018
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Range of businesses endorse region’s first events industry showcase through partnerships

MEET South West, the exhibition and conference showcase that will make its debut in January, has been boosted through a series of partnerships with key business organisations in the region. Among those endorsing the inaugural event are Bristol Airport, GWR, Bristol-based film production company Floating Harbour and Bristol Business...

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