Green/sustainable business

Let us take off pressure from London’s overcrowded airports, say Bristol Airport chiefs

December 17, 2013
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Let us take off pressure from London’s overcrowded airports, say Bristol Airport chiefs

The Government should not overlook the vital role regional airports such as Bristol can play in helping solve the looming gridlock at airports serving London and the South East. The message, from Bristol Airport boss Robert Sinclair, came today as the Airports Commission’s interim report into the capacity constraints...

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Nash Partnership projects among pace-setters in Placemaking Awards

December 17, 2013
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Nash Partnership projects among pace-setters in Placemaking Awards

Two projects by environment design practice Nash Partnership, which has an office in Bristol, have been shortlisted in a prestigious national awards scheme. The St Paul’s project in Cheltenham – a consultation-led masterplan for Cheltenham Borough Homes – is competing in the ‘regeneration’ category of the Placemaking Awards while...

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What’s the big idea? Bristol firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

December 16, 2013
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What’s the big idea? Bristol firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

Ideas on the best way to create sustainable jobs and growth across the West of England are being invited from Bristol firms. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today launches a six-week public consultation on its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) – a blueprint for growth over the next six years....

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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

December 10, 2013
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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

The Manufacturing Advisory Service has appointed a supply chain specialist in the South West to ensure that manufacturers gain a significant share of the lucrative opportunities presented by the UK’s burgeoning offshore wind market. Nick Kirsop-Taylor, pictured, will help firms tap into the recently-launched £20m GROW:OffshoreWind service that supports...

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Engine Shed hi-tech hub puts Bristol on fast track for innovation and growth

December 6, 2013
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Engine Shed hi-tech hub puts Bristol on fast track for innovation and growth

Bristol is in the driving seat for world-class innovation and creativity following the transformation of the Engine Shed at Brunel’s original Temple Meads station into a hi-tech enterprise hub, guests at its official opening were told. The building, once Bristol’s gateway to the world, has been transformed into a...

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Bristol joins elite group of world’s ‘resilient cities’

December 6, 2013
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Bristol joins elite group of world’s ‘resilient cities’

Bristol is one of only two UK cities and four from Europe to be invited to join a new global network of 100 ‘resilient cities’ run by the Rockefeller Foundation in the US. As a result it will gain access to vital support and potential funding to help develop...

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Govt’s wind turbine planning changes could be big blow to badly-needed schemes

December 6, 2013
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Govt’s wind turbine planning changes could be big blow to badly-needed schemes

A Bristol property expert is warning that Government plans to give communities a greater say over wind turbine proposals are deeply flawed and could scupper many small schemes. James Davis, pictured, who heads the Bristol-based planning team at national property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall, fears the changes will make smaller...

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Former Liverpool City of Culture boss appointed to lead Bristol’s 2015 Green Capital programme

December 6, 2013
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Former Liverpool City of Culture boss appointed to lead Bristol’s 2015 Green Capital programme

Bristol City Council has appointed Kris Donaldson to the high-profile job of programme director of European Green Capital 2015, a role in which he will lead the city’s programme of events, secure substantial private sponsorship and make the most of the economic and environmental opportunities the year will offer....

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Expanding Orchard Energy grows South West team

December 4, 2013
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Expanding Orchard Energy grows South West team

Energy management firm Orchard Energy has appointed Imran Ghauri as interim South West regional manager based at its Bristol office. Prior to joining Orchard Imran worked in business development roles with Energy Team and UES Energy. Yorkshire-based Orchard works with its clients to find the best supplier for their...

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Recognition for Bristol firms that go extra mile to encourage sustainable travel

December 4, 2013
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Recognition for Bristol firms that go extra mile to encourage sustainable travel

Innovative ways that Bristol businesses use to encourage staff to travel more sustainably have been celebrated at the annual Travelwest Sustainable Business Travel Awards. The awards showcase organisations that go the extra mile to help tackle the city’s transport problems.  Bristol health insurer Simplyhealth won the Best Newcomer category...

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Brunel’s original Temple Meads station goes back to the future as platform for Bristol’s innovation

December 2, 2013
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Brunel’s original Temple Meads station goes back to the future as platform for Bristol’s innovation

Bristol’s ambition to be a world-class city for innovation and creativity takes a major leap forward today when Brunel’s original railway station at Temple Meads re-opens as a hi-tech enterprise hub. The Engine Shed, once Bristol’s gateway to the world, has been transformed into a modern centre to spearhead...

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Bond Dickinson works with Oman on country’s first solar energy scheme

November 26, 2013
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Bond Dickinson works with Oman on country’s first solar energy scheme

Lawyers based in the Bristol office of national firm Bond Dickinson have advised on the Gulf state of Oman’s first renewable energy project. Senior associate Ed Rimmell worked with the Authority for Electricity Regulation in Oman on the procurement of the 303-kilowatt solar PV project, which will provide green...

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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

November 22, 2013
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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

An ambitious plan is being drawn up to harness Bristol and the West of England’s creativity and innovation to potentially create more than 100,000 jobs over the next 17 years. The emphasis will be on five key sectors spanning digital to aerospace, and in which the area is already...

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