Green/sustainable business

The LAST WORD: Pete Snowman, owner, Bristol Cider Shop

March 27, 2015
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The LAST WORD: Pete Snowman, owner, Bristol Cider Shop

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Pete Snowman, owner of Bristol Cider Shop, answers our 10 questions What was the LAST: Film you watched? True Romance – in the 20th Century Flicks...

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New report shows value of Engine Shed innovation hub to Bristol’s economy

March 27, 2015
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New report shows value of Engine Shed innovation hub to Bristol’s economy

Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub has added £8m to the local economy after being in operation for just over a year, according to a new study. The centre, which is home to the Bristol SETsquared university business incubator and Invest Bristol and Bath, the West of England’s inward investment...

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Bristol Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Increase growth, productivity and innovation in your business

March 27, 2015
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Bristol Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Increase growth, productivity and innovation in your business

By Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP Businesses in our region continue to face the challenge of a skills gap, impacting on growth and stifling productivity and future innovation. However, how can we ensure that the skill demands of the business community can be met now...

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Record number of delegates expected at Bristol’s prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates expected at Bristol’s prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is hoping to welcome up to 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been extended...

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Specialist LEP fund sparks growth for 222 West of England businesses

March 25, 2015
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Specialist LEP fund sparks growth for 222 West of England businesses

More than 800 jobs have been created in 222 businesses over the past year through the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Fund. The £10m-plus handed out by the fund has enabled the wide range of businesses to gain training, attract investment and carry out research and...

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Bristol’s Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

March 24, 2015
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Bristol’s Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

Bristol firms are being urged to act quickly to secure the last few exhibition stands at the ‘early bird’ rate for Business Showcase South West 2015, the region’s biggest business exhibition. The event, which is expected to attract 3,000 delegates, is being staged at Colston Hall on May 14...

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Last chance to enter awards that recognise the region’s top business leaders

March 23, 2015
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Last chance to enter awards that recognise the region’s top business leaders

The deadline is looming for Bristol firms to enter one of the region’s top award schemes showcasing excellence and enterprise in business. Entries for the prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2015 must be in by March 31. Nominations are open to anyone working...

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The search for Bristol’s happiest workplace narrows to five contenders

March 20, 2015
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The search for Bristol’s happiest workplace narrows to five contenders

Five firms are battling it out to earn the coveted title of Bristol’s happiest workplace. Animation studio Aardman, publisher Immediate Media, distribution firm Shiner, recruitment group Opus and digital media pioneers Sift Media are today named as the shortlist in the first contest of its kind in Bristol. Launched...

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Solar proves powerful source of work for Burges Salmon as installations soar to new levels

March 20, 2015
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Solar proves powerful source of work for Burges Salmon as installations soar to new levels

Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon has reached the landmark of advising on more than two gigawatts (two billion watts) of solar PV installations in the UK since the introduction of the first feed-in tariff in April 2010. The firm has been involved in projects from the first wave of...

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Government funding for community energy schemes secured by city council

March 20, 2015
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Government funding for community energy schemes secured by city council

Bristol City Council has been granted £885,000 funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to support community energy projects across the city. The funding is the result of a successful bid from the council and will be partly used to boost renewable energy programmes already being...

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BUDGET 2015: Bristol business reaction

March 18, 2015
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Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures that could boost the economy in and around Bristol in this week’s Budget. These included granting full approval of the third and final section of Bristol’s MetroBus Network, running from the North Fringe to Hengrove and housing zones in South Bristol...

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BUDGET 2015: National business reaction

March 18, 2015
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The CBI welcomed many of the “encouraging” Budget measures which it said would help businesses “create jobs for the benefit of all”. Director-general John Cridland said: “Stability and consistency are what businesses need to grow and prosper. This Budget sets the tone, providing a clear plan for fiscal health...

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Reshoring production from China pays off for plastics firm with new jobs and £100,000 order

March 18, 2015
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Reshoring production from China pays off for plastics firm with new jobs and £100,000 order

Bristol-based specialist plastics manufacturer Phineas Group, which ‘reshored’ parts of its manufacturing from China a year ago, has created five jobs and secured a £100,000 tooling order since the move. The firm, which has a turnover of £5m and employs 14 people, is among a growing trend for firms...

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