Green/sustainable business

MBE for Bristol businessman and charity stalwart Stephen Parsons in New Year Honours

December 31, 2014
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MBE for Bristol businessman and charity stalwart Stephen Parsons in New Year Honours

Bristol businessman and charity champion Stephen Parsons has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list. Mr Parsons, pictured, splits his time between specialist engineering firm Redcliffe Magtronics, where he is chairman, and his extensive charity work. He also chairs the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP)...

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Bristol bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Chamber of Commerce boss warns politicians

December 29, 2014
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Bristol bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Chamber of Commerce boss warns politicians

Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, looks back at the past 12 months and considers why next year’s General Election is set to be one of the most important in recent memory. “The noise and glare of...

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UWE’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

December 19, 2014
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UWE’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

The amount of world-leading research carried out at UWE Bristol has soared by 170%, according to a major new national report. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) show that 57 % of the research submitted by UWE was judged to be either world-leading or internationally excellent....

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Countrywide Farmers disposals handled by Bond Dickinson in Bristol

December 19, 2014
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Countrywide Farmers disposals handled by Bond Dickinson in Bristol

Law firm Bond Dickinson’s Bristol-based corporate finance team has advised Countrywide Farmers on the sale of businesses worth £18.4m to a number of buyers. The disposals will allow Countrywide, the UK’s leading supplier of products, services and advice to the rural community, to focus on its retail network of...

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Two-star rating served up to Bath Ales for its ethical approach to sourcing local food

December 18, 2014
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Two-star rating served up to Bath Ales for its ethical approach to sourcing local food

Brewery, pub and restaurant operator Bath Ales has been named as a sustainability champion by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (S.R.A.) and awarded a double-star ‘excellent’ rating. The firm, whose interests span the Graze restaurant chain, pubs and bars as well as its range of beers, was evaluated against set...

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Search starts to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – the humdrum and boring need not apply

December 17, 2014
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Search starts to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – the humdrum and boring need not apply

A competition has been launched to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – and staff working for the city’s forward-looking employers are being urged to enter. The contest is being staged by Bristol-based workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA , which wants to know exactly what sets some of the...

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Greens can build a better Bristol, party leader insists on visit to city

December 10, 2014
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Greens can build a better Bristol, party leader insists on visit to city

Building a fairer and more sustainable society would create jobs and boost the economy, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said on a visit to Bristol. Speaking to Bristol Business News, Ms Bennett, pictured, said it was a stereotype that her party was anti-business. But it wanted big businesses to...

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Our year as European Green Capital will change people’s lives, Mayor vows as city takes over title

December 8, 2014
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Our year as European Green Capital will change people’s lives, Mayor vows as city takes over title

Bristol today promised to stage the best-funded and most-comprehensive programme of events yet by any European Green Capital as it officially took over the title. The European Commission bestowed the title on the city from this year’s holders Copenhagen in a  ceremony in the Danish capital. Bristol is the...

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Engine Shed’s role as platform for economic growth outlined as it marks its first anniversary

December 5, 2014
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Engine Shed’s role as platform for economic growth outlined as it marks its first anniversary

Bristol’s innovation hub Engine Shed has celebrated its first year by revealing that it has created 128 jobs and contributed £8m to the West of England’s economy. The building, a unique collaboration between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and the  West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP),...

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Happy campers turn hobby into fast-growing business for entrepreneurial family

December 5, 2014
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Happy campers turn hobby into fast-growing business for entrepreneurial family

A campsite run by Bristol businessman Jules Sayer and his family has fought off competition from more than 1,000 sites across the country to be named as the top seller by an independent guide. Visitor numbers at Petruth Paddocks in Cheddar have soared by an amazing 500% over the...

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Bristol’s Ovo Energy powers into 10th place in league table of UK’s fast-growing firms

December 5, 2014
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Bristol’s Ovo Energy powers into 10th place in league table of UK’s fast-growing firms

Bristol-based energy supplier Ovo Energy has leapt into a widely-respected league table of the country’s fastest-growing private businesses at number 10. The firm’s staggering 140% average annual sales growth over the past three years has put it among the top performers in the 18th annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a...

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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

December 5, 2014
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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

Exports by South West firms have risen slightly over the past year despite turmoil in the key eurozone market, new figures show. And more companies are following the Government’s advice and selling overseas as a way of strengthening their business. Regional trade boss Russell Jones welcomed today’s figures with...

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