Green/sustainable business

New finance package funds Pieminister’s appetite for growth and helps offset higher costs

January 5, 2018
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New finance package funds Pieminister’s appetite for growth and helps offset higher costs

Bristol gourmet pie company Pieminister is to open two more restaurants early this year and boost capacity at its central kitchen in the city after securing a £1.65m finance package from its bank. The pioneering firm, which opened its first venue in Stokes Croft in 2003, has a medium-term...

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Pioneering hub launched to fast track low carbon and sustainable tech firms

January 5, 2018
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Pioneering hub launched to fast track low carbon and sustainable tech firms

The UK’s first business acceleration hub dedicated to helping set up and grow a new generation of innovative small firms in the sustainable technologies sector has been officially launched in Bristol. The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub has been set up by the University of Bath but will operate across the...

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Less than a week left for firms to help shape major development blueprint for the West of England

January 5, 2018
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Less than a week left for firms to help shape major development blueprint for the West of England

Bristol businesses are being urged to have their say on a major planning blueprint that will determine where future development takes place across the West of England over the next 20 years. The public engagement process on the final draft of the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) closes next Wednesday,...

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Locally brewed beer proves gem of a new ingredient for Pieminister

December 15, 2017
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Locally brewed beer proves gem of a new ingredient for Pieminister

Pioneering Bristol pie firm Pieminister has teamed up with Bath Ales, selecting its flagship Gem bitter as a key ingredient for a number of its products. The premium amber ale, which is made at Bath Ales’ brewery at Warmley, on Bristol’s outskirts, is being used by Pieminister in its...

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Jelf sponsors unique show staged by Bristol circus company to promote positive mental health

December 14, 2017
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Jelf sponsors unique show staged by Bristol circus company to promote positive mental health

Bristol-headquartered insurance broker Jelf has become the first sponsor of an upcoming contemporary circus show designed to encourage audiences to engage with their emotions and explore complex issues around love and mental health. The show is being staged next month by newly formed Emotive Circus Arts. The Bristol-based circus...

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Travelwest awards recognise Bristol firms’ drive towards more sustainable travel

December 8, 2017
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Travelwest awards recognise Bristol firms’ drive towards more sustainable travel

Bristol businesses working to encourage and help staff travel more sustainably have been recognised at the annual Travelwest ‘Business Travel Awards’ ceremony. A record number of businesses took part in this year’s awards, with 32 different organisations joining the celebrations at the Guildhall in Bath. The event showcased how...

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Cutting-edge tech will meet traditional printing in pioneering UWE ‘smart ink’ project

December 8, 2017
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Cutting-edge tech will meet traditional printing in pioneering UWE ‘smart ink’ project

T-shirts that change colour to alert the wearer of dangerous chemicals in the air or pharmaceutical packaging that can show when pills are counterfeit could become reality under a major ‘smart ink’ project linking UWE and a leading scientist and print industry expert.  Starting in January at the university’s...

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Education charity PHASE Worldwide to benefit from Hyde & Co’s Christmas charity appeal

December 8, 2017
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Education charity PHASE Worldwide to benefit from Hyde & Co’s Christmas charity appeal

Bristol independent restaurant and cocktail bar group Hyde & Co, whose venues include The Milk Thistle, Pata Negra, The OX and Bambalan, has chosen city-based charity PHASE Worldwide for its Christmas Appeal 2017. The charity, based in St Pauls, will benefit from donations and collections for the whole of...

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Bristol Business School teams up with top hotel to stage series of Phenomenal Women talks

December 7, 2017
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Bristol Business School teams up with top hotel to stage series of Phenomenal Women talks

A series of inspirational talks by high-profile business women is to be launched next year by Bristol Business School in conjunction with one of the region’s top hotels. Called Phenomenal Women, the bi-monthly events will be staged from February to November at the five-star Gainsborough Spa Hotel in Bath...

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Osborne Clarke advises on major solar farm portfolio refinancing

December 1, 2017
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Osborne Clarke advises on major solar farm portfolio refinancing

Lawyers from the Bristol office of international legal practice Osborne Clarke have helped on the €22.5m (£19.8m) refinancing of a portfolio of six UK solar farms.  In the deal Aberdeen Standard Investments provided a long-term, 18.5-year debt financing for Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) – the specialist manager established to...

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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Bristol’s economy’

December 1, 2017
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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Bristol’s economy’

Bristol’s economy could benefit from aspects of the government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy, announced this week, three key figures in the city’s business community have said. But there was also disappointment at the lack of detail in some of initiatives and a need for more engagement with the business community...

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Womble Bond Dickinson hosts young entrepreneurs’ Christmas Fayre for The Prince’s Trust

December 1, 2017
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Womble Bond Dickinson hosts young entrepreneurs’ Christmas Fayre for The Prince’s Trust

The Bristol office of international law firm Womble Bond Dickinson has staged a Christmas Fayre promoting the work of young entrepreneurs as part of its on-going support for The Prince’s Trust. Artists, illustrators, jewellers and landscape architects had the opportunity to display their arts and crafts while visitors enjoyed...

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Bristol unveils projects to make it UK’s top city for scale-up businesses

November 24, 2017
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Bristol unveils projects to make it UK’s top city for scale-up businesses

The UK’s first ‘angel hub’ to support and encourage early stage investors has been launched in Bristol as one of a series of initiatives aimed at making it the country’s ‘scale-up’ capital.  The opening of the hub, based at Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation centre and backed by the UK...

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