Green/sustainable business

Bishop Fleming commits to a better way of doing business as it joins Business in the Community

October 13, 2021
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Bishop Fleming commits to a better way of doing business as it joins Business in the Community

Regional accountancy group Bishop Fleming is to put a new environmental, social and governance strategy at the heart of the firm following it joining the UK’s largest membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. The firm, which has its largest office in Bristol, is undertaking what it called “a thorough, diagnostic...

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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

October 6, 2021
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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has been certified as a B Corporation, joining an elite, forward-looking global community that balances profit with people and the planet. The B Corp movement encourages organisations to take an ethical approach to business to make a positive difference in the world. ...

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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

October 5, 2021
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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

More than £1m has been pledged by businesses and organisations across the West of England from their unused apprenticeship levy funds to help people in the region develop new skills. The funds have gone to the Share to Support scheme, which was launched earlier this year to create vital...

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Osborne Clarke helps private equity firm power ahead with major Scottish battery storage deal

October 4, 2021
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Osborne Clarke helps private equity firm power ahead with major Scottish battery storage deal

A cross-firm team of lawyers from the Bristol office of international legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised private equity investment firm Foresight on its third grid-scale acquisition of the past seven months. The 50MW Blackpark energy storage project in Scotland is the most recent in a string of acquisitions...

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New high for Bristol office scheme as developers crane in fir tree to top it out

October 1, 2021
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New high for Bristol office scheme as developers crane in fir tree to top it out

The firms behind a new office development in Bristol city centre have staged a traditional topping out ceremony to celebrate its highest point of construction. The rooftop ceremony staged by developers Nord and Skanska was marked with the Scandinavian good luck tradition of flying a fir tree over the...

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Bristol firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

September 30, 2021
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Bristol firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

A programme designed to break down barriers and support more disabled people into work is being launched in Bristol and across the West of England. Some 100 businesses will receive tailored, targeted disability inclusion training to help them create a more diverse workforce.   The project, part of the Workforce...

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Bristol Airport trials electric bus to help deliver on its plan to be Net Zero by the 2030

September 30, 2021
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Bristol Airport trials electric bus to help deliver on its plan to be Net Zero by the 2030

Passengers boarding flights at Bristol Airport are travelling between the terminal and their plane by electric bus in the latest trial scheme to reduce its emissions. The airport announced its ambition last month to become Net Zero by 2030. If it is successful, Bristol would be the first UK airport...

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Combined authority now opposes Bristol Airport’s expansion in U-turn steered by Metro Mayor

September 24, 2021
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Combined authority now opposes Bristol Airport’s expansion in U-turn steered by Metro Mayor

Bristol Airport’s expansions plans have been slammed as “badly judged, badly timed and bad for our planet” in a dramatic U-turn by the West of England regional body’s political leadership. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), which covers Bristol and is now led by Labour Metro Mayor Dan...

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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

September 24, 2021
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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

Bristol-based serial social entrepreneur and community activist Jaya Chakrabarti MBE has become the new president of city’s Chamber of Commerce & Initiative – the membership and lobbying organisation at the heart of regional group Business West. Having served as vice-president for seven years, Jaya, pictured, replaces outgoing president Richard...

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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

September 23, 2021
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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

SETsquared, the globally acclaimed, University of Bristol-supported business incubator, has expanded with the addition of Cardiff University. Cardiff has become the sixth member of the partnership, which has been named three times as the world’s number one university business incubator.  SETsquared was set up in 2002 by a small...

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More food waste-powered trucks ‘buzz’ onto region’s streets as cafés and offices aim for carbon neutral

September 20, 2021
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More food waste-powered trucks ‘buzz’ onto region’s streets as cafés and offices aim for carbon neutral

Two new large recycling vehicles powered entirely from the food waste they collect have been launched by GENeco, the Bristol-based renewable energy and recycling company best known for its poo-powered Bio-Bus. The vehicles, which service cafés, restaurants, schools and offices around the West of England, are the latest addition...

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Bristol fashion entrepreneur urges firms to take responsibility and work towards net zero

September 17, 2021
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Bristol fashion entrepreneur urges firms to take responsibility and work towards net zero

Nearly 200 Bristol business leaders and entrepreneurs have been told they will “face uncomfortable truths” on their journey to becoming zero carbon but had an obligation to the planet do it. Keri Andriana, pictured, founder of Bristol-based handbag brand Amschela, told the gathering, part of the nationwide Zero Carbon...

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TLT signs Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its commitment to be net zero by 2025

September 14, 2021
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TLT signs Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its commitment to be net zero by 2025

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT has become the second from the city to commit to reducing the environmental impact of litigation. It has signed the Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its aim to be net zero by 2025 while also supporting clients with their own sustainability goals.  The pledge...

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