Green/sustainable business

Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

June 18, 2015
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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has launched a free tax calculator to enable businesses to work out how much tax they could be saving on their research and development (R&D) costs. The online tool has been set up in the light of research suggesting that thousands...

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Annual Harbour Festival forecast to bring £12m boost to Bristol’s economy

June 17, 2015
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Annual Harbour Festival forecast to bring £12m boost to Bristol’s economy

Bristol’s economy will get a £12m boost this year from its biggest-ever Harbour Festival, organisers said this week as they unveiled more details of the ever-popular event. The festival, which takes place from July 17 to 19, is forecast to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city –...

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Warning that EU duty ruling could sound death knell for West’s small cider makers

June 15, 2015
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Warning that EU duty ruling could sound death knell for West’s small cider makers

Hundreds of small cider producers across the West of England could be put out of business if they are forced to pay excise duty under a new EU ruling, campaigners claim. Cider makers who produce less than 70 hectolitres a year – around 33 pints a day – and...

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Sustrans boss awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

June 15, 2015
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Sustrans boss awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

The chief executive of Bristol-based alternative transport group Sustrans, Malcolm Shepherd, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The accolade is in recognition of his contribution towards protecting the environment and improving people’s health. Sustrans’ vision is that by 2020 four out of five local...

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Firms get set to to make a low impact during Bristol’s Business Green Week

June 12, 2015
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Firms get set to to make a low impact during Bristol’s Business Green Week

Bristol firms’ contribution to more sustainable ways of operating – and the city’s year as European Green Capital – will be recognised next week when Business Green Week takes place. Events during the week will aim to inspire more businesses to adopt sustainable practices in the workplace. The 39...

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National gathering hears how Bristol is becoming the UK’s ethical investment capital

June 9, 2015
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National gathering hears how Bristol is becoming the UK’s ethical investment capital

Bristol is emerging as a hot spot for ethical investing, a national conference staged in the city heard. The city was chosen to host this year’s Ethex Annual Gathering because of its role as European Green Capital 2015, and according to the social enterprise’s research Bristol is the UK’s...

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Architects Stride Treglown draw up award-winning approach to staff well-being

June 5, 2015
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Bristol architecture firm Stride Treglown has become the first organisation in the city to achieve the top award of excellence in a national scheme that recognises businesses committed to the health and well-being of their workforces. The firm, which employs 270 people across nine offices in the UK and...

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Eden Project founder to speak at Rathbone Greenbank’s Big Green Week event

June 5, 2015
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Bristol-based ethical investment management firm Rathbone Greenbank is to host a high-profile seminar and discussion as part of the city’s Big Green Week. Among the speakers at the event, on the theme of ‘Investing in the Future’, will be Eden Project co-founder and executive vice chair Sir Tim Smit....

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Royal honour recognises tireless work of Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery

June 5, 2015
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Royal honour recognises tireless work of Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery

The Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery, the organisation that promotes the Bristol historic cemetery as a place of remembrance, heritage, wildlife and learning, has won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The group was set up in...

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Bristol to put sustainability at heart of Fair Trade as it prepares to host major international conference

June 5, 2015
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Bristol to put sustainability at heart of Fair Trade as it prepares to host major international conference

More than 300 delegates from 18 countries across the world will head to Bristol next month as the city hosts the 9th International Fair Trade Towns conference. The two-day event on July 4 and 5 will take the theme of Fair Trade for Sustainability as part of the Bristol’s...

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New member appointments boost Local Enterprise Partnership board

June 3, 2015
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Eight business leaders have been appointed to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s board to help drive its growth ambitions. Five new representatives join three reappointed members on the newly formed LEP board, which meets for the first time on June 17. LEP board members are drawn from...

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Council buys eyesore Temple Meads sorting office that has blighted entrance to city for years

June 2, 2015
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Council buys eyesore Temple Meads sorting office that has blighted entrance to city for years

The derelict sorting office building next to Temple Meads station which for years has blighted the entrance to the city for rail passengers has been acquired by Bristol City Council. The eyesore 2.1 hectare site, alongside the area planned for the city’s long hoped for arena, has been disused...

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Innovative green business park set to trigger economic growth for South Bristol

May 29, 2015
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Innovative green business park set to trigger economic growth for South Bristol

South Bristol is set for an economic and jobs boost following the official opening this week of the £12m Filwood Green Business Park. The city council claims hundreds of jobs could be created on the business park – a flagship project of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital which...

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