Green/sustainable business

New growth phase for youth empowerment group Babbasa as it prepares to move to larger base

June 7, 2019
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New growth phase for youth empowerment group Babbasa as it prepares to move to larger base

Babbasa, the pioneering social enterprise that has supported hundreds of young people from Bristol’s inner city, is preparing for a new phase of growth as it moves to a new base. The organisation, which was launched in 2010 by founder Poku Osei, has since helped 1,600, 16-to-25 year olds...

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Businesses targeted to raise £100k and prevent ‘holiday hunger’ for thousands of Bristol kids

June 7, 2019
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Businesses targeted to raise £100k and prevent ‘holiday hunger’ for thousands of Bristol kids

Bristol businesses are being urged to support a campaign aimed at saving thousands of children in the city from poor physical and mental health caused by ‘holiday hunger’ this summer. The charity Feeding Bristol, which provides outreach and support across the city through a network of community groups and...

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Challenge to businesses to help staff leave the car at home and commute sustainably

June 7, 2019
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Challenge to businesses to help staff leave the car at home and commute sustainably

Firms are being urged to ease traffic congestion in and around Bristol by helping their employees get active and take more sustainable journeys to work for six weeks from next Monday. The annual Travelwest Challenge returns for another year to celebrate the benefits of sustainable travel and the positive...

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New funding to be available to help Bristol firms become more energy efficient

June 6, 2019
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New funding to be available to help Bristol firms become more energy efficient

Bristol’s small and medium-sized businesses are to be offered funding to improve their energy efficiency under a new scheme to be launched by the West of England Combined Authority. The West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund, which will run over the next three years, will also support community...

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Update to upcycle: Avison Young Bristol office refurb finds new uses for nearly 3,000 items

May 31, 2019
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Update to upcycle: Avison Young Bristol office refurb finds new uses for nearly 3,000 items

Real estate services firm Avison Young has helped recycle 12.5 tonnes of furniture, fixtures and fittings from its recent Bristol office refurbishment to be reused by five community groups. The 2,852 items varied from furniture and light fittings to ceiling tiles and represented in-kind funding of £14,630. Importantly, the...

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Avonmouth plastic recycling plant will create world-leading ‘circular economy’ energy park

May 31, 2019
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Avonmouth plastic recycling plant will create world-leading ‘circular economy’ energy park

A £65m plastic recycling plant – the largest of its kind in the UK – is to be built at Avonmouth by utility group Pennon in what it is describing as a prime example of the ‘circular economy’. The plant, pictured in a CGI, will handle plastic 1.6bn bottles,...

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Womble Bond Dickinson’s Bristol office selects SARSAS as partner charity for next two years

May 28, 2019
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Womble Bond Dickinson’s Bristol office selects SARSAS as partner charity for next two years

Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Service (SARSAS) has been chosen by the Bristol office of transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) as its partner charity for the next two years. SARSAS is a specialist support service for people across Bristol, Bath, Somerset and South Gloucestershire who...

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VC investment puts specialist Bristol holiday firm en route to becoming global brand

May 24, 2019
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VC investment puts specialist Bristol holiday firm en route to becoming global brand

TravelLocal, the specialist Bristol firm that connects travellers with local experts in destinations around the world, is aiming to build itself into a global brand after receiving venture capital funding. The firm was launched in 2012 to empower travellers to create their own tailored holidays – a segment of...

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Café/bar group to open at Finzels Reach as it becomes magnet for Bristol’s indie food and drink sector

May 24, 2019
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Café/bar group to open at Finzels Reach as it becomes magnet for Bristol’s indie food and drink sector

Bristol’s Finzels Reach development has signed up another key independent occupier to its growing roster of bars, eateries and creative businesses. Bocabar, well-known for its long-established café/bar at Paintworks, is to open an outlet at Finzels Reach as the mixed-use scheme opposite Castle Park continues to act as a...

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Bus operator and social enterprise in drive to train refugees for jobs on the buses

May 24, 2019
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Bus operator and social enterprise in drive to train refugees for jobs on the buses

A unique partnership between First West of England and Bristol not-for-profit refugee and community training provider ACH is offering people the chance to have a career behind the wheel of one of the city’s buses. The community training programme set up by the partnership includes a two-week course for nine...

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From Bristol to the world: Online link-up to give city’s Festival of Nature global reach

May 24, 2019
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From Bristol to the world: Online link-up to give city’s Festival of Nature global reach

The Festival of Nature returns to Bristol next month with a packed 2019 programme, including its Big Weekend expanding into Queen Square, a special series of nature writing events and the launch of a world-first digital festival. The week-long event culminates at the Festival of Nature Big Weekend (June...

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Firms urged to help Bristol set the gold standard as UK’s most sustainable food city

May 17, 2019
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Firms urged to help Bristol set the gold standard as UK’s most sustainable food city

Businesses are being invited to get behind Bristol’s bid to become the UK’s first Gold Sustainable Food City by promoting healthy eating and supporting a better local food system. Bristol is already a recognised trailblazer in food-related projects and practices – often leading the world with its innovative. It...

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Bristol bosses shortlisted for awards that champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs

May 17, 2019
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Bristol bosses shortlisted for awards that champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs

Five Bristol bosses are in the running for the region’s most prestigious awards for boardroom excellence and enterprise. The five – whose businesses range from the region’s largest bus operator to a family-owned recycling company – have been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors South West 2019 Director of...

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