Green/sustainable business

Neighbourly’s 100m free meals landmark ‘stark reminder of the scale of the cost of living crisis’

October 14, 2022
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Neighbourly’s 100m free meals landmark ‘stark reminder of the scale of the cost of living crisis’

Bristol’s pioneering community engagement and investment platform Neighbourly is warning of a huge growth in demand for the free food distribution services it supports as families struggle with soaring costs this winter. The firm, which has just passed the milestone of supplying 100m meals to local communities, said the...

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Outreach charity launched with a mission to spark interest in science among Bristol’s schoolkids

October 14, 2022
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Outreach charity launched with a mission to spark interest in science among Bristol’s schoolkids

A charity to encourage more young people to explore careers in science has been launched by Bristol deep-tech ecosystem organisation Science Creates. Called Science Creates Outreach, it will include a purpose-built ‘Learning Lab’ in the organisation’s Old Market hub that will put school students at the heart of a...

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Balancing people, planet and profit earns prestigious B Corp status for creative business Istoria Group

October 14, 2022
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Balancing people, planet and profit earns prestigious B Corp status for creative business Istoria Group

Bristol creative group Istoria has become the latest business in the city to achieve the rigorous global standard of B Corp certification, which recognises firms that balance profit, people and planet Following its accreditation, Istoria Group – a collective of creative agencies spanning exhibitions, events, design and branding founded...

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From purpose to playing, next week’s Bristol Technology Festival will showcase the city’s innovation

October 7, 2022
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From purpose to playing, next week’s Bristol Technology Festival will showcase the city’s innovation

Bristol Technology Festival returns next week with more than 50 wide-ranging events highlighting the city’s technological innovation, talent and sense of community. Each day of the festival, which is staged by information hub TechSPARK, will represent a different theme – Purpose, Protect, People, Play and Pioneer – through interactive seminars, workshops...

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Business confidence plunges as region’s firms face uncertain winter amid soaring energy costs

October 6, 2022
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Business confidence plunges as region’s firms face uncertain winter amid soaring energy costs

Fewer than one in 10 businesses in the South West have confidence in the UK’s economic prospects, with a record 73% fearful over the impact of inflation, according to new survey. At the same time the number of firms concerned about exchange rates has doubled, with a third of...

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Property deal enables Grundon to power ahead with its major energy, waste and recycling centre

October 6, 2022
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Property deal enables Grundon to power ahead with its major energy, waste and recycling centre

Waste management group Grundon is to create a new regional centre for the West of England after buying a large industrial building in Avonmouth alongside its existing operations in the area. The family-run business has taken over the long leasehold of the 186,000 sq ft property at the Access...

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Bristol social enterprise gains £12k of digital marketing as first winner of agency’s support scheme

September 30, 2022
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Bristol social enterprise gains £12k of digital marketing as first winner of agency’s support scheme

A social enterprise working to support a healthy, thriving community in South Bristol has been chosen as the first winner of a charity support programme launched in the city by digital marketing agency Noble Performs. Under the Noble Deeds scheme, which the agency’s North American parent company has operated...

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DAC Beachcroft lawyers get on their eBikes to help the Big Issue support homeless people in the city

September 29, 2022
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DAC Beachcroft lawyers get on their eBikes to help the Big Issue support homeless people in the city

The Bristol office of international law firm DAC Beachcroft has formed a partnership with Big Issue eBikes to sponsor electric bicycles for exclusive use by its staff. The firm, which has its largest UK office in Bristol, is sponsoring 20 eBikes under a scheme run by ShareBike UK in...

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Firm building South West green hydrogen network plugs into Foot Anstey’s sector expertise

September 27, 2022
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Firm building South West green hydrogen network plugs into Foot Anstey’s sector expertise

The Bristol-based energy team at law firm Foot Anstey has been appointed as legal adviser to the firm behind a new green hydrogen ecosystem for the South West. Cornwall-based construction firm Tower Group has been building the network by acquiring and operating its own renewable energy sites across the...

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Cautious welcome for Chancellor’s ‘economy-boosting’ investment zone plan for West of England

September 23, 2022
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Cautious welcome for Chancellor’s ‘economy-boosting’ investment zone plan for West of England

Areas in the West of England could become investment zones aimed at driving economic growth and unlocking land for housing under a scheme announced today by Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng in his mini-Budget. Businesses in the zones would benefit from lowering taxes and ‘liberalised’ planning frameworks, according to the Treasury. Mr...

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Mini-Budget 2022: Bristol business reaction

September 23, 2022
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Mini-Budget 2022: Bristol business reaction

Business groups covering Bristol and the West of England this afternoon largely approved of many of the measures in Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget – but the political reaction was less favourable. Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said the announcements would...

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Social inequalities cast shadow over Bristol’s success in sustainability and job creation, report reveals

September 23, 2022
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Social inequalities cast shadow over Bristol’s success in sustainability and job creation, report reveals

Carbon emissions and unemployment have fallen significantly in Bristol over the past decade, according to a new report – but major challenges around social inequalities and poverty remain and are set to deepen as the cost of living crisis worsens. The research, which measures how Bristol is meeting the...

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Mini-Budget 2022: Key points . . .

September 23, 2022
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Mini-Budget 2022: Key points . . .

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng presented his mini-Budget in the House of Commons this morning against a backdrop of high inflation, soaring energy bills and an economy which, according to the Bank of England, could already be in recession. Key points announced by Mr Kwarteng, pictured, were:  Chancellor says a new approach...

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