Green/sustainable business

Pioneer of gender in tech to inspire new generation at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

October 11, 2019
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Pioneer of gender in tech to inspire new generation at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The woman who ran a female-only software business in the 1960s and strived to change the gender makeup of the technology sector is set to inspire a new generation of women in business as the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to Bristol next week. Dame Stephanie Shirley, now...

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Time running out for firms to benefit from Green Business Grants

October 10, 2019
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Time running out for firms to benefit from Green Business Grants

The deadline is looming for Bristol’s small and medium-sized businesses to apply for grants to help them improve their energy efficiency by reducing bills and protect against future price rises.  A £1m fund has been set up by the West of England Combined Authority through which businesses across the...

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Bristol tourist bosses welcome plan for unique ‘eye-in-the-sky’ visitor attraction

October 4, 2019
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Bristol tourist bosses welcome plan for unique ‘eye-in-the-sky’ visitor attraction

Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a unique tourist attraction on Bristol’s Harbourside featuring a glass cabin hoisted 69m above the city to give visitors panoramic views. The city-based company behind Arc Bristol, pictured, believe it will attract 250,000 visitors a year. The glass cabin will be suspended between...

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From recycled nappies to insurance, the blockchain revolution has arrived, Thrings-hosted event hears

October 4, 2019
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From recycled nappies to insurance, the blockchain revolution has arrived, Thrings-hosted event hears

The way that blockchain and digital currencies are already revolutionising industries as diverse as recycling, energy, financial services and the law was explained at Bristol’s first Crypto Curry Club. Hosted by the Bristol office of law firm Thrings, the event brought together some of the leading minds in the...

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Former RDA enterprise director joins city council to lead on major regeneration projects

October 2, 2019
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Former RDA enterprise director joins city council to lead on major regeneration projects

Bristol City Council has appointed a director to spearhead its growth and regeneration projects, including its plans for Temple Meads station, Western Harbour (formerly Cumberland Basin) and revitalising the city centre. Stephen Peacock, pictured, who starts work as executive director: growth and regeneration next month, has a huge amount...

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‘Exceptional landscaping’ on Old Market site promised as Wapping Wharf design practice appointed

September 27, 2019
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‘Exceptional landscaping’ on Old Market site promised as Wapping Wharf design practice appointed

The landscape architecture and urban design practice behind Bristol’s pioneering Wapping Wharf development has been appointed to another major regeneration scheme in the city – the former Gardiner Haskins site in Old Market. London-headquartered Gillespies will work with developer First Base on its ambitious redevelopment of the landmark 2.25-acre...

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Eco-producer acquired by Bristol kitchenware firm as war against single-use plastics heats up

September 27, 2019
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Eco-producer acquired by Bristol kitchenware firm as war against single-use plastics heats up

Bristol-based kitchenware supplier Horwood has bought an Australian eco-business as the hospitality market continues to look for alternatives to single-use plastic. EcoSouLife, based in Melbourne, produces disposable and reusable alternatives to plastic and foam housewares such as cups, mugs, bowls and lunchboxes out of agricultural waste.  Horwood, one of...

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First director takes up post as new Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation beds in

September 26, 2019
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First director takes up post as new Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation beds in

Fledgling charity Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation (BBPF) has appointed its first director along with 11 trustees as it begins to gather the views of residents of the two cities on what they want from their local parks. In her new role as director Charlee Bennett will spearhead BBPF’s...

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TEDxBristol to return with its most diverse – and thought-provoking – speaker line-up

September 23, 2019
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TEDxBristol to return with its most diverse – and thought-provoking – speaker line-up

Topics as diverse as using food as medicine, rethinking fashion for people with disabilities and what happens to an individual’s social media footprint when they die will be the subject of speaches at this year’s TEDxBristol. The innovative event returns on November 17 following the success of TEDxBristol 2015...

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Bank finance boost for Bristol firm at the leading edge of UK recycling

September 20, 2019
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Bank finance boost for Bristol firm at the leading edge of UK recycling

Bristol waste management company Ecosurety, which operates one of the UK’s leading recycling compliance schemes, is looking to expand after securing a £2m finance facility from HSBC UK. Ecosurety provides well-known brands with the credible and traceable recycling evidence they need to submit under UK law.  The scheme has...

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Bristol Chamber of Commerce signs global pact to “take bold action” over climate change

September 20, 2019
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Bristol Chamber of Commerce signs global pact to “take bold action” over climate change

The organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with more than 450 chambers across the world to sign up to an international agreement to tackle climate change. Business West, which also runs the Bristol Initiative, said its commitment to the International Chambers of Commerce Chambers Climate Coalition...

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Huge growth in the pipeline for Bristol’s OVO as it snaps up rival SSE’s retail business for £500m

September 13, 2019
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Huge growth in the pipeline for Bristol’s OVO as it snaps up rival SSE’s retail business for £500m

Bristol green energy group OVO is poised to become the UK’s second largest energy supplier just 10 years after it was formed following an agreement today to buy the retail business of rival SSE for £500m. Under the landmark deal OVO will now take on SSE’s 3.5m customers and...

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University’s £300m Enterprise Campus will usher in new ways of linking with local communities

September 13, 2019
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University’s £300m Enterprise Campus will usher in new ways of linking with local communities

The University of Bristol launched a new consultation exercise on the plans for its £300m-plus Temple Quarter campus this week with the promise to make it as inclusive as possible to benefit neighbouring communities. The Enterprise Campus on a derelict seven-acre site alongside Temple Meads railway station will usher...

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