Green/sustainable business

UK’s first ‘sustainability hub’ to open in Bristol, offering workspace and showcasing green-tech

February 22, 2019
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UK’s first ‘sustainability hub’ to open in Bristol, offering workspace and showcasing green-tech

A £1.5m sustainability hub is to open in Bristol to showcase the latest green products, technologies and services, stage events and provide workspace for environmental enterprises. The first of its kind in the UK, the hub is expected to attract 5,000 visitors in its first year, including businesses and...

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Greener, cleaner ball bearings for food and drink industry launched by Bristol firm

February 22, 2019
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Greener, cleaner ball bearings for food and drink industry launched by Bristol firm

Bristol-based industrial parts distributor Antifriction is forecasting strong sales of a new range of greener and more energy-efficient ball bearings developed for food and drink manufacturers. The firm has signed a deal with Swedish multi-national SKF to stock the new Food Line range, which aims to improve health and safety by lowering the...

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Michelmores Bristol staff ready to go Above & Beyond for their new charity of the year

February 20, 2019
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Michelmores Bristol staff ready to go Above & Beyond for their new charity of the year

Staff in the Bristol office of regional law firm Michelmores have chosen Above & Beyond, which raises money for hospitals in the city, as their charity of the year. The team already has a number of fundraising events in the pipeline, including quizzes, sweepstakes and dress-down days.  Founded in...

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Head of operations joins energy consultancy to shape new business structure

February 20, 2019
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Head of operations joins energy consultancy to shape new business structure

National energy consultancy Octego has appointed Roy Bidder as head of operations, based in its Nailsea office. Roy, pictured, who has a background in sustainability consulting and financial services, will be responsible for overseeing operations and will work with the firm’s wider management team to implement a new organisational structure.   This will ensure that Octego, which...

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Clarke Willmott Bristol staff limbering up to begin fundraising for their new charity of the year

February 19, 2019
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Clarke Willmott Bristol staff limbering up to begin fundraising for their new charity of the year

The Bristol office of national law firm Clarke Willmott has pledged to support a leading muscular dystrophy charity after the son of one of its partners was diagnosed with a form of the rare disease. The office will take part in a range of fund-raising events over the next...

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OVO sells 20% stake to Mitsubishi to fund its drive into electric vehicle battery market

February 15, 2019
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OVO sells 20% stake to Mitsubishi to fund its drive into electric vehicle battery market

Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi has bought a 20% stake in fast-growing Bristol green energy group OVO, paving the way for it to expand into new markets across Europe and Asia Pacific. OVO, which received a reported £200m for the stake, will use the funding to accelerate the development of...

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Bristol Wood Recycling Project carves out a brighter future with quickfire crowdfunding campaign

February 15, 2019
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Bristol Wood Recycling Project carves out a brighter future with quickfire crowdfunding campaign

Bristol Wood Recycling Project is celebrating rapid success in a fundraising exercise to buy its premises and secure its long-term future through a bond offer. The offer, staged on Bristol-based ethical bank Triodos’ crowdfunding platform, netted £430,000 in just over a fortnight from its public launch, with just over...

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Andrews’ Christmas appeal builds up funds for Bristol youth homelessness charity

February 15, 2019
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Andrews’ Christmas appeal builds up funds for Bristol youth homelessness charity

Regional estate agent and property group Andrews has given a boost to Bristol youth homelessness charity 1625ip following a Christmas appeal. Keynsham-based Andrews’ ‘Jolly Good Christmas’ campaign invited any customer booking a valuation or mortgage appointment in December to vote for one of three charities that Andrews already worked...

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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s top ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s top ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent...

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Bristol charity boxing dinner goes ahead after winning backing of city firms

February 12, 2019
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Bristol charity boxing dinner goes ahead after winning backing of city firms

Bristol businesses WSSI and Moxie & Mettle are supporting an annual boxing dinner in the city this weekend that each year raises thousands of pounds for local charities. Filton-based WSSI, which supplies customised racking, shelving and storage for offices and warehouses, has agreed to be headline sponsor for this...

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Clarke Willmott’s Bristol office raises £42,000 for anti-slavery charity Unseen

February 11, 2019
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Clarke Willmott’s Bristol office raises £42,000 for anti-slavery charity Unseen

More than 400 victims of modern slavery have been given advice and support from Bristol-based charity Unseen’s helpline, thanks to the fund-raising exploits of national law firm Clarke Willmott’s base in the city. The office has donated £42,000 to the anti-slavery charity – the result of a continuous stream...

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‘Living laboratory’ plan for Bristol to become testbed for infrastructure innovation

February 8, 2019
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‘Living laboratory’ plan for Bristol to become testbed for infrastructure innovation

Bristol is to become a ‘living laboratory’ by harnessing the power of the city’s already strong cross-sector collaboration to speed up innovations in areas such as transport and infrastructure. It is to become home to the UKCRIC Bristol Collaboratory, which will establish Bristol as a testbed for new ideas. ...

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Liquidators hopeful of finding buyer for Bristol’s pioneering Severn Project social enterprise

February 8, 2019
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Liquidators hopeful of finding buyer for Bristol’s pioneering Severn Project social enterprise

Severn Project, Bristol’s pioneering fresh produce grower, has been placed into liquidation after experiencing financial difficulties. The award-winning Community Interest Company (CIC) produced high-quality salad leaves and herbs at an urban farm in Whitchurch, pictured, for restaurants and catering firms across the city.  The company also grew hemp, a marijuana derivative...

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