Green/sustainable business

Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

June 9, 2020
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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

A new support programme has been set up to help Bristol firms whose employees’ mental health and wellbeing have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing £100,000 to develop Thrive West, which aims to address some of the key mental health...

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Wastewater treatment innovator taps more investment as it looks to clean up coasts and rivers

June 5, 2020
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Wastewater treatment innovator taps more investment as it looks to clean up coasts and rivers

A Bristol-based company that has developed an eco-friendly water treatment system that can reduce pollution levels has raised £550,000 to help roll it out its innovative technology to the industry. The second-round investment means Industrial Phycology – also known as I-Phyc – has now raised a more than £1.2m...

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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

June 5, 2020
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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

A new programme to help Bristol’s small businesses improve their digital presence has been launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) as it expands its Growth Hub to help firms bounce back from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trading Better Online programme has been developed...

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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

June 5, 2020
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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

Firms based in shared offices or flexible workspaces, as well as B&Bs and guest houses, have only a few days left to apply for a grant up to £5,000 from a special business support grant. The Small Business Grants Discretionary Fund was established to support small businesses impacted by...

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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

June 4, 2020
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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

An eight-point checklist to help owner-managers deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses has been launched by the South West arm of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. The organisation’s members, who include insolvency practitioners, lawyers, and turnaround and restructuring experts, work with business owners...

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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

May 29, 2020
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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to confidence levels among South West firms – with the region now the UK’s least optimistic, according to the gloomy results of another survey. Overall confidence slumped by 16 points during the past month to minus 51% – an unenviable record...

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Smith & Williamson donates to vital community food groups tackling hunger during lockdown

May 26, 2020
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Smith & Williamson donates to vital community food groups tackling hunger during lockdown

A charity combatting hunger in Bristol with food that would otherwise have been thrown away has received £60,000 from the city office of national financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson. FareShare, which has its regional centre in St. Jude’s, is part of a UK national network of...

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Investment firm Foresight to get clear vision of its energy assets, thanks to Bristol tech company

May 22, 2020
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Bristol tech firm Sennen, which produces bespoke software that makes renewable energy operations safer and more efficient, has won a major new client. Sennen’s team is now working with leading renewable energy infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight Group to develop a system that will help it manage...

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Recruitment firm launches to help energy sector face challenges of post-pandemic world

May 22, 2020
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Recruitment firm launches to help energy sector face challenges of post-pandemic world

A Bristol-based specialist investment programme launched by two of the UK’s leading recruitment industry entrepreneurs has helped launch a start-up targeting the renewable energy sector. Surya Recruitment has been founded by Alka Graham, who has worked in the energy industry for more than a decade. It aims to promote...

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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

May 18, 2020
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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is launching a series of expert webinars and virtual networking events to help small firms bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The webinars will address key practical issues and challenges facing firms as lockdown measures are eased while the...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 14, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to...

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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

May 1, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the West of England has been highlighted again in the results of two more surveys this week – with one showing two-thirds of firms suffered a fall in orders while the second reveals productivity is down at 80% of...

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Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office boosted with two new partners and a new legal director

April 30, 2020
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International law firm Osborne Clarke has made three promotions in its Bristol office made up of the appointments of two new partners and one legal director. The promotions are among six appointments at the firm which, when taken as a whole, strengthen its corporate team – with a focus...

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