Green/sustainable business

Firms given ‘export champion’ status to encourage others to explore overseas trade

March 22, 2019
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Firms given ‘export champion’ status to encourage others to explore overseas trade

Bristol area businesses have today been recognised as ‘export champions’ by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Thatchers Cider, advanced engineering group Renishaw and cheese maker Lye Cross Farm are among 15 leading exporters from across the South West to appear at an...

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Popular charity TRYathlon on lookout for debutants as it limbers up for seventh year

March 22, 2019
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Popular charity TRYathlon on lookout for debutants as it limbers up for seventh year

First-timers are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Colliers Bristol TRYathlon during which scores of professionals swim, cycle and run for charity. The event, now in its seventh year, includes a 400m indoor swim, 16km cycle and 5km run, with competitors entering either as individuals or in teams of...

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Back and bigger than before – Business Showcase South West returns to Bristol in June

March 21, 2019
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Back and bigger than before – Business Showcase South West returns to Bristol in June

Business Showcase South West – the region’s largest event of its kind – returns in June with the promise of an unparalleled range of seminars, workshops, speeches and networking opportunities. The event, the ninth since it launched in 2014, again takes place in Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium and will...

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Using local suppliers for local pubs helps brewery go the distance to reduce its food miles

March 15, 2019
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Using local suppliers for local pubs helps brewery go the distance to reduce its food miles

A brewery and pub chain based just outside Bristol is toasting success in slashing its food miles by streamlining its supply chain, including using more local firms. The reduction of just under 850,000 food miles achieved last year by Butcombe Brewing Company, which is based in Wrington, came despite it continuing to...

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Students’ rubbish ideas to help Bristol Waste box clever over waste and recycling

March 15, 2019
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Students’ rubbish ideas to help Bristol Waste box clever over waste and recycling

Bristol Waste, the firm that handles domestic waste collection and recycling across the city, has worked with a group of design students to develop innovative answers to common problems linked to wheelie bins and recycling boxes. The second and third-year design students from Bath Spa University’s Bath School of Art...

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Fair Trade business awards champion ethical firms that ‘put their money where their mouth is’

March 15, 2019
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Fair Trade business awards champion ethical firms that ‘put their money where their mouth is’

West of England organisations that support fair trade have been praised by TV personality Nick Hewer for “putting their money where their mouth is” at the region’s recent Fair Trade Business Awards. Countdown presenter Mr Hewer, a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation,...

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Stake in Bristol’s Zap-Map app snapped up as green energy firm charges into electric vehicle market

March 8, 2019
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Stake in Bristol’s Zap-Map app snapped up as green energy firm charges into electric vehicle market

The Bristol-based firm behind Zap-Map, an app for electric vehicles owners that helps them find charging points, has secured a £1m investment from green power firm Good Energy. Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy has acquired a 12.9% share in Next Green Car Ltd, with an option to take a majority share...

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Bristol and Bath tech groups team up to strengthen links between society and technology

March 8, 2019
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Bristol and Bath tech groups team up to strengthen links between society and technology

The Tech4Good networks in Bristol and Bath, which have been operating since early 2017, are to merge to create a single group bringing together social innovation and tech across the two cities. Tech4Good South-West (T4GSW) will launch next month under the umbrella of the global network and non-profit TechSoup...

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Bristol to get first multi-use office and retail building as work starts on high-profile city centre site

March 1, 2019
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Construction work is under way on a major city centre regeneration scheme that will bring a new type of development to Bristol while also providing much-needed premium office space. The Assembly Bristol site on Temple Way has been vacant since 2008 when the former Clerical Medical HQ was demolished....

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Skaters urged by Bristol coffee roasting firm to get on board with Ethiopian charity

March 1, 2019
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Skaters urged by Bristol coffee roasting firm to get on board with Ethiopian charity

Bristol firm Extract Coffee Roasters is appealing to local skaters to donate their spare boards to a charity that empowers young people in Ethiopia through skateboarding. St Werburghs-based Extract launched its ‘Kickflip Deck Amnesty’ today and aims to collect at least 100 boards to send to Ethiopia Skate, which...

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Energy innovation account win for PR agency Social Communications

March 1, 2019
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Energy innovation account win for PR agency Social Communications

Social Communications, the national PR agency with an office in Bristol, has been appointed to support the Energy Systems Catapult, the world-leading centre set up by the government to support innovation linked to the transition to cleaner, intelligent energy systems. The agency, which also has offices in Manchester and...

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Thriving green energy market prompts Bristol renewables firm to sell windfarms

March 1, 2019
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Thriving green energy market prompts Bristol renewables firm to sell windfarms

Bristol-based specialist energy investment company Thrive Renewables has sold two of its onshore windfarms in a deal in which it was advised by city-headquartered national law firm TLT. The proceeds of the sale of the farms in North Wales and Suffolk – which have generated enough clean electricity a...

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Homeless charity’s bike workshop on track for more success thanks to specialist recruiter

February 27, 2019
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Homeless charity’s bike workshop on track for more success thanks to specialist recruiter

Social housing sector recruitment firm BRC is celebrating its 20th anniversary by partnering with West of England homeless charity Julian House. BRC, which has offices in Bristol and Cardiff, will support the charity throughout this year by using its knowledge of the recruitment industry to further its ambition to help...

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