Green/sustainable business

Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 14, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to...

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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

May 1, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the West of England has been highlighted again in the results of two more surveys this week – with one showing two-thirds of firms suffered a fall in orders while the second reveals productivity is down at 80% of...

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Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office boosted with two new partners and a new legal director

April 30, 2020
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International law firm Osborne Clarke has made three promotions in its Bristol office made up of the appointments of two new partners and one legal director. The promotions are among six appointments at the firm which, when taken as a whole, strengthen its corporate team – with a focus...

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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

April 28, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

Business organisations have welcomed new measures by the government to help small firms survive the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting the fact that around half are being rejected for loans under the existing scheme. Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured, had listened...

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Queen’s Awards for Bristol firms recognise innovation, sustainable development and social mobility

April 24, 2020
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Queen’s Awards for Bristol firms recognise innovation, sustainable development and social mobility

Five Bristol firms ranging from an ethical bank to an exhibition business and a youth empowerment organisation, have been awarded coveted Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. The accolades won by Triodos Bank, Ignition, Babbasa, CameraForensics and Unify Communications, are the most prestigious for UK businesses in the country and are...

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Developer unveils plan for 100-plus trees to breathe life into its high-profile Old Market site

April 24, 2020
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Developer unveils plan for 100-plus trees to breathe life into its high-profile Old Market site

More than 100 new plant species could be introduced to the former Gardiner Haskins site in Old Market by developer First Base to underline its commitment to supporting Bristol’s ecological emergency. The London-based developer, which announced the plan to coincide with Earth Day, said it aims to provide a...

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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

April 23, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

Fewer than one in six West of England firms believe they will be able to cope if the coronavirus crisis lasts for more than six months, according to the results of the first major survey highlighting the impact of the pandemic on the region’s businesses. More than 70% of...

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Coronavirus update: New task force will aim to shape West of England’s post-pandemic economy

April 22, 2020
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Coronavirus update: New task force will aim to shape West of England’s post-pandemic economy

A taskforce bringing together businesses, universities and the West of England’s local authorities is being set up to ensure the region’s economy recovers as quickly as possible from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The new group will also represent the region in discussions with central government to make...

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TLT advises on another sale of clean technology assets as market powers ahead

April 21, 2020
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TLT advises on another sale of clean technology assets as market powers ahead

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT’s clean energy lawyers have completed another major deal in the high-growth market. The team has advised investment group Guinness Asset Management on the sale of a portfolio of mixed clean energy projects to Albion Community Power.  Operated by three companies, the projects include three...

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Coronavirus update: Support for government’s Future Fund scheme to help innovative firms survive

April 21, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Support for government’s Future Fund scheme to help innovative firms survive

The government’s £1.25bn funding package to support innovative start-ups and research-intensive firms impacted by the coronavirus pandemic has been welcomed by business and civic leaders in the West of England. The measures include a Future Fund – a new £500m loan scheme for high-growth firms – and £750m of...

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Coronavirus update: Bristol firms start receiving support funding – but many could be missing out

April 17, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Bristol firms start receiving support funding – but many could be missing out

More than 2,900 businesses in Bristol have received urgent support grants from the city council totalling nearly £40m to help them stave off the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The council has received around £88m from central government to pay small business grants.  However only 35% of an estimated...

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Bristol food tech innovator to open indoor farms to help city’s crisis-hit food banks

April 17, 2020
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Bristol food tech innovator to open indoor farms to help city’s crisis-hit food banks

Bristol indoor farming pioneer LettUs Grow is fast-tracking the development of two vertical farm modules in the city to help feed vulnerable communities during the coronavirus outbreak. The award-winning firm wants to ensure the produce grown gets to those who need it most. LettUs Grow expects the first of...

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Coronavirus update: Community foundation comes to aid of crisis-hit Bristol charities

April 16, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Community foundation comes to aid of crisis-hit Bristol charities

Small charities in Bristol have received much-needed finance from an emergency fund set up by region’s community foundation to help them cope with spiralling demand as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Quartet Community Foundation, which covers Bristol, South Gloucestershire and across the West of England, has distributed more...

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