Green/sustainable business

Developers say new retirement community will be Bristol’s first net zero carbon later-living scheme

March 21, 2022
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Developers say new retirement community will be Bristol’s first net zero carbon later-living scheme

Plans to create Bristol’s first net zero integrated retirement community – which will also include a new leisure and activity hub open to the public – have been submitted to Bristol City Council. The £85m proposal for St Christopher’s Square in Westbury Park have been drawn up following extensive community...

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Osborne Clarke strengthens its energy and utilities sector offering with three new partners

March 20, 2022
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Osborne Clarke strengthens its energy and utilities sector offering with three new partners

Three specialist energy and infrastructure lawyers are joining international legal practice Osborne Clarke as partners from the London office of US specialist firm Orrick. Partners John Deacon, Dominic O’Brien and Hannah Roscoe will significantly boost the Osborne Clarke’s energy and utility sector offering, particularly in the sub-sectors of renewables...

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Bristol businesses to benefit from council’s free electric vehicle trials in run-up to Clean Air Zone launch

March 17, 2022
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Bristol businesses to benefit from council’s free electric vehicle trials in run-up to Clean Air Zone launch

Free trials of electric vehicles (EVs) are being offered to Bristol firms by the city council to encourage them to switch to cleaner ways of travelling ahead of the launch of the city’s Clean Air Zone later this summer. The council is offering businesses the chance to trial electric...

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Electric vehicle app Zap-Map revs up for overseas markets with new-look team at the wheel

March 14, 2022
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Electric vehicle app Zap-Map revs up for overseas markets with new-look team at the wheel

Zap-Map, the Bristol-based app that helps electric vehicle users find public charging points, has powered-up its senior management team as it prepares for further growth, including a drive into international markets. Richard Bourne, who joined in January 2021 as interim CEO, has been appointed to the role permanently while...

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£1m for agri-tech firm aiming to revolutionise crop growth and slash farming’s climate footprint

March 11, 2022
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£1m for agri-tech firm aiming to revolutionise crop growth and slash farming’s climate footprint

The Bristol firm behind pioneering technology that can reduce carbon emissions from crops by 30% has received a £1m investment to prepare its first product for the market. Glaia, which was founded in 2019 by former University of Bristol scientists Dr David Benito and Dr Imke Sittel, pictured, has...

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Rapid-growth e-scooter specialist charging ahead after securing £10m bank facility

March 11, 2022
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Rapid-growth e-scooter specialist charging ahead after securing £10m bank facility

Bristol-headquartered e-scooter and e-bike specialist Pure Electric is gearing up for further expansion after securing a £10m finance facility. The firm, founded in 2018 by entrepreneur Adam Norris, is one of Europe’s fastest growing e-bikes and e-scooter businesses and employs 284 people across its 17 UK stores, a number...

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Unique festival will give Bristol businesses chance to engage in discussions on city’s hot topics

March 11, 2022
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Unique festival will give Bristol businesses chance to engage in discussions on city’s hot topics

A major festival to be staged in Bristol this summer will give business leaders the opportunity to discuss key issues for the city ranging from the drive towards net zero to the reinvention of high streets with with government ministers and leading opposition politicians. The two-day Big Tent Festival...

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SETsquared Bristol’s pioneering Breakthrough Bursary scheme supports diverse founder start-ups

March 11, 2022
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SETsquared Bristol’s pioneering Breakthrough Bursary scheme supports diverse founder start-ups

Five innovative tech companies with founders from diverse ethnic backgrounds have been awarded a special bursary by tech incubator SETsquared Bristol. Now in its third year, the Breakthrough Bursary provides heavily subsidised membership to SETsquared Bristol’s pioneering incubation programme, including bespoke business support, mentoring, coaching and investment readiness training. ...

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Warning to Bristol businesses to get set for new legislation on food waste

March 11, 2022
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Warning to Bristol businesses to get set for new legislation on food waste

Bristol firms are being urged to prepare for new rules on food waste as the government sets about increasing recycling levels. Waste management company Grundon, which has a base in Bristol, says the new food waste guidelines, which are expected to be announced imminently, are part of a bigger...

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Major award for Bristol’s National Friendly recognises year of ‘doing good’ in the city

March 9, 2022
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Major award for Bristol’s National Friendly recognises year of ‘doing good’ in the city

Supporting a diverse range of community initiatives in and around its home city of Bristol has earned health and protection insurer National Friendly was another top award. Over the past year the mutual organisation has worked on strategies to ward off loneliness among the over 60s, supported creative learning...

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Bristol ferry operator relaunches services after being left high and dry for nearly two years

March 4, 2022
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Bristol ferry operator relaunches services after being left high and dry for nearly two years

Bristol’s iconic blue and yellow ferry boats have returned to the city’s waterways for the first time in two years, and have also launched a new swift waterbus service. Bristol Ferry Boats was forced to moor up its fleet of four vessels at significant financial cost for most of...

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Showcase for pioneering businesses acts as finale to SETsquared’s Enterprising Women programme

March 4, 2022
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Showcase for pioneering businesses acts as finale to SETsquared’s Enterprising Women programme

A cohort of 13 women entrepreneurs have showcased their innovative start-ups at a pitching event as a pre-incubation programme staged by incubator SETsquared Bristol reached its finale. Now in its second year, the NatWest-funded Enterprising Women 2.0 programme helps women-formed businesses access world-class business support, including coaching, mentoring, pitch...

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Humanitarian appeal to help refugees from war-torn Ukraine calls on Bristol firms for support

March 3, 2022
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Humanitarian appeal to help refugees from war-torn Ukraine calls on Bristol firms for support

Bristol businesses are being urged to step up and provide emergency funding to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of their country. Charity People against Poverty, which works both internationally and in the UK to alleviate poverty and suffering, is aiming to raise £20,000 within the next seven days...

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