Green/sustainable business

Fair Trade business awards champion ethical firms that ‘put their money where their mouth is’

March 15, 2019
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Fair Trade business awards champion ethical firms that ‘put their money where their mouth is’

West of England organisations that support fair trade have been praised by TV personality Nick Hewer for “putting their money where their mouth is” at the region’s recent Fair Trade Business Awards. Countdown presenter Mr Hewer, a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation,...

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Stake in Bristol’s Zap-Map app snapped up as green energy firm charges into electric vehicle market

March 8, 2019
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Stake in Bristol’s Zap-Map app snapped up as green energy firm charges into electric vehicle market

The Bristol-based firm behind Zap-Map, an app for electric vehicles owners that helps them find charging points, has secured a £1m investment from green power firm Good Energy. Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy has acquired a 12.9% share in Next Green Car Ltd, with an option to take a majority share...

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Bristol and Bath tech groups team up to strengthen links between society and technology

March 8, 2019
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Bristol and Bath tech groups team up to strengthen links between society and technology

The Tech4Good networks in Bristol and Bath, which have been operating since early 2017, are to merge to create a single group bringing together social innovation and tech across the two cities. Tech4Good South-West (T4GSW) will launch next month under the umbrella of the global network and non-profit TechSoup...

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Bristol to get first multi-use office and retail building as work starts on high-profile city centre site

March 1, 2019
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Construction work is under way on a major city centre regeneration scheme that will bring a new type of development to Bristol while also providing much-needed premium office space. The Assembly Bristol site on Temple Way has been vacant since 2008 when the former Clerical Medical HQ was demolished....

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Skaters urged by Bristol coffee roasting firm to get on board with Ethiopian charity

March 1, 2019
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Skaters urged by Bristol coffee roasting firm to get on board with Ethiopian charity

Bristol firm Extract Coffee Roasters is appealing to local skaters to donate their spare boards to a charity that empowers young people in Ethiopia through skateboarding. St Werburghs-based Extract launched its ‘Kickflip Deck Amnesty’ today and aims to collect at least 100 boards to send to Ethiopia Skate, which...

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Energy innovation account win for PR agency Social Communications

March 1, 2019
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Energy innovation account win for PR agency Social Communications

Social Communications, the national PR agency with an office in Bristol, has been appointed to support the Energy Systems Catapult, the world-leading centre set up by the government to support innovation linked to the transition to cleaner, intelligent energy systems. The agency, which also has offices in Manchester and...

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Thriving green energy market prompts Bristol renewables firm to sell windfarms

March 1, 2019
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Thriving green energy market prompts Bristol renewables firm to sell windfarms

Bristol-based specialist energy investment company Thrive Renewables has sold two of its onshore windfarms in a deal in which it was advised by city-headquartered national law firm TLT. The proceeds of the sale of the farms in North Wales and Suffolk – which have generated enough clean electricity a...

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Homeless charity’s bike workshop on track for more success thanks to specialist recruiter

February 27, 2019
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Homeless charity’s bike workshop on track for more success thanks to specialist recruiter

Social housing sector recruitment firm BRC is celebrating its 20th anniversary by partnering with West of England homeless charity Julian House. BRC, which has offices in Bristol and Cardiff, will support the charity throughout this year by using its knowledge of the recruitment industry to further its ambition to help...

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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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