Green/sustainable business

Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

March 6, 2020
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Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

With less than a month to go until nominations close, Bristol directors are being urged to enter one of the South West’s top award schemes recognising excellence and enterprise. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion the region’s outstanding leaders...

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Bristol Business Blog: Joanna Randall, Purplefish. What does International Women’s Day mean for business?

March 5, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Joanna Randall, Purplefish. What does International Women’s Day mean for business?

International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s. Its actual origins are not known but it is attributed to a march through the streets of New York City in 1908 when 15,000 women turned out calling for equality, voting rights, and better pay and working hours. While...

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Going green pays off for accountants Bishop Fleming with lower mileage and utility bills

March 4, 2020
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Going green pays off for accountants Bishop Fleming with lower mileage and utility bills

Regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming has again achieved sizeable reductions in its use of paper, energy and company cars despite the business’s continued growth. The firm, which also gained ‘plastic-free champion’ status last year, has now saved the annual equivalent of 155 trees by cutting the use of paper...

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Coronavirus fears throw question mark over Western Gateway’s debut at global property showcase

February 28, 2020
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Coronavirus fears throw question mark over Western Gateway’s debut at global property showcase

Plans to promote Bristol’s new Western Gateway regional powerhouse link-up with South Wales at the world’s leading international property market showcase could be scuppered by the rapid spread of coronavirus. A growing number of major businesses have pulled out of MIPIM, the global property gathering due to take place...

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Bristol’s diversity on the menu at International Women’s Day Big Breakfast

February 28, 2020
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Bristol’s diversity on the menu at International Women’s Day Big Breakfast

Bristol’s International Women’s Day Big Breakfast celebration returns next Thursday, bringing women together from across the city and beyond. With 91 languages spoken in Bristol, the event will also celebrate the diversity of the city’s communities and the role women play in them with a host of speakers sharing...

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Name change for pioneering Happy City as wellbeing economics takes centre stage

February 28, 2020
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Name change for pioneering Happy City as wellbeing economics takes centre stage

Bristol’s wellbeing economics organisation Happy City has changed its name to the Centre for Thriving Places to reflect the fact that its innovative approach to helping transform society is now becoming increasingly mainstream. Happy City was launched in Bristol 10 years ago with the pioneering aim of demonstrating that...

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Bristol Business Blog: A cleaner, greener and more business friendly alternative to Bristol’s diesel ban

February 27, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: A cleaner, greener and more business friendly alternative to Bristol’s diesel ban

By James Durie, chief executive of Bristol Chamber & Initiative at Business West Bristol has a serious pollution problem – many of our city centre streets are breaking legal air pollution limits, with knock-on effects for the health of our families, workers and visitors.  Central government is at last,...

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TLT in but Osborne Clarke out as SSE re-energises its legal panel

February 27, 2020
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TLT in but Osborne Clarke out as SSE re-energises its legal panel

Expertise on developments in the clean energy sector have earned Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT a place on utility SSE’s new legal panel. TLT joins four other new firms on the nine-strong panel, which formerly begins its mandate next month. The panel is made up of firms ranging from...

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Bristol investment group funds first geothermal power plant as interest in natural energy heats up

February 27, 2020
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Bristol investment group funds first geothermal power plant as interest in natural energy heats up

Bristol-based specialist energy investment company Thrive Renewables is to invest up to £6.5m in the UK’s first geothermal electricity power plant. The plant in Cornwall aims to supply around 3MW of electricity to the National Grid and up to 12MW of renewable heat for local use. Thrive’s funding will enable...

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University of Bristol ends investment in fossil fuel firms and urges others to follow suit

February 24, 2020
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University of Bristol ends investment in fossil fuel firms and urges others to follow suit

The University of Bristol has stopped investing in all fossil fuel companies and joined calls for all UK other universities to do the same. The move follows a pledge made two years ago by the university to change its investment policies. Last year it also became the first in...

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National Composite Centre in project to help propel air travel to a more sustainable destination

February 21, 2020
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National Composite Centre in project to help propel air travel to a more sustainable destination

A pioneering £20m project to develop lightweight propeller blades that will help the UK aviation sector cut its carbon footprint and reduce noise at airports is being supported by Bristol’s National Composites Centre (NCC). The NCC, on the Bristol & Bath Science Park, is part of an industry-led consortium...

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Manufacturing of Rolls-Royce’s pioneering Bristol-made engine blades gets off the ground

February 14, 2020
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Manufacturing of Rolls-Royce’s pioneering Bristol-made engine blades gets off the ground

Engineers at Rolls-Royce’s Bristol plant have started to make the world’s largest fan blades for the next generation of low-emission aero-engines. As a set, the composite blades have a diameter of 140 inches – almost the size of a narrow -body aircraft fuselage.  They are being manufactured in the...

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Plea to new Chancellor from the CBI: Use your first Budget to ‘power-up’ the South West

February 14, 2020
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Plea to new Chancellor from the CBI: Use your first Budget to ‘power-up’ the South West

The CBI has urged the Chancellor to take bold action on skills, innovation and infrastructure in his Budget to ‘power-up’ the South West’s economy. The seven-point plea was made before Sajid Javid resigned as Chancellor and was replaced by Rishi Sunak – throwing into doubt whether the Budget will...

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