Green/sustainable business

UWE launches £1m fund to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

June 12, 2020
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UWE launches £1m fund to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

Small and medium-sized businesses investing in digital innovation to address challenges arising from Covid-19 can access grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 under a new scheme started by UWE Bristol. The university’s £1m Digital Innovation Fund is aimed at helping firms ranging from start-ups and micro businesses to more...

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UK quarantine rules hitting Bristol’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

June 11, 2020
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UK quarantine rules hitting Bristol’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has joined bodies representing business, education and employment in urging the government to rethink its controversial quarantine rules for travellers arriving in the UK. In an open letter to the home, foreign and transport secretaries, Business West, UK Hospitality, Universities UK and...

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Burges Salmon Bristol and Edinburgh lawyers team up on Scottish wind farm deal

June 11, 2020
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Burges Salmon Bristol and Edinburgh lawyers team up on Scottish wind farm deal

A multi-disciplinary team from across Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has advised long-standing client BayWa r.e. UK, the leading global renewable energy developer, on another acquisition in Scotland. Burges Salmon’s Bristol-based energy, power and utilities practice teamed up with colleagues from its Edinburgh office on the acquisition of...

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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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