Green/sustainable business

World’s first as Bristol Pound forms powerful partnership with Good Energy

June 26, 2015
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World’s first as Bristol Pound forms powerful partnership with Good Energy

Bristol Pound, already one of the world’s largest local currency schemes, has become the first to partner with an energy company. It has teamed up with renewable electricity firm Good Energy to allow customers to pay their energy bills using Bristol Pounds. The Chippenham-based firm, which supplies 100% renewable...

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Chairman role at South West Investment Group for former Elizabeth Shaw boss

June 26, 2015
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Chairman role at South West Investment Group for former Elizabeth Shaw boss

The funding holding arm of regional alternative finance lender South West Investment Group (SWIG) has appointed Malachy McReynolds as its new chairman. Malachy, pictured, who spent 12 years as managing director of Bristol-based chocolate manufacturer Elizabeth Shaw, joined the SWIG board in January. He takes over as chairman from...

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Trio of major conferences will put Bristol at heart of green thinking

June 26, 2015
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Trio of major conferences will put Bristol at heart of green thinking

Bristol’s status as a laboratory for green ideas will be strengthened when it hosts three sustainable conferences in the space of a week. The 52nd International Making Cities Liveable (IMCL) conference (June 29 – July 3), the National Sustainable Schools conference (July 2) and the 9th International Fair Trade...

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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

June 24, 2015
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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

More than 80% of West of England firms fear leaving the EU would pose a risk to the UK economy, according to results of a survey among nearly 1,000 businesses in the region. Two thirds also believe it would be bad for their own business. The survey by Business...

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Bristol bosses land top accolades in South West Director of the Year Awards

June 19, 2015
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Bristol bosses land top accolades in South West Director of the Year Awards

The founder of international microfinance charity Deki, the CEO of Opus Recruitment Services and the boss of family-owned Jeff Way Electrical Services were among the Bristol winners at this year’s coveted South West Director of the Year Awards. Deki director Vashti Seth secured the South West Third Sector Director...

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Eden Project founder calls for bold action over climate change and attacks the lack of understanding

June 19, 2015
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Eden Project founder calls for bold action over climate change and attacks the lack of understanding

Everyone involved in climate change and sustainability – from scientists to politicians and business leaders – needed to go out and get ‘dirt under their fingernails’ to understand the key issues, Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit said during a speech in Bristol. Because of this lack of understanding,...

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Bristol Business Blog: West of England LEP chief executive Barbara Davies looks to the future after recent changes

June 19, 2015
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Bristol Business Blog: West of England LEP chief executive Barbara Davies looks to the future after recent changes

By Barbara Davies, chief executive, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Our newly refreshed LEP board met for the first time on June 17. There are some new faces following the local elections and a business-led selection process. Great news that Colin Skellett has been reappointed as chair of...

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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

June 18, 2015
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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has launched a free tax calculator to enable businesses to work out how much tax they could be saving on their research and development (R&D) costs. The online tool has been set up in the light of research suggesting that thousands...

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Annual Harbour Festival forecast to bring £12m boost to Bristol’s economy

June 17, 2015
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Annual Harbour Festival forecast to bring £12m boost to Bristol’s economy

Bristol’s economy will get a £12m boost this year from its biggest-ever Harbour Festival, organisers said this week as they unveiled more details of the ever-popular event. The festival, which takes place from July 17 to 19, is forecast to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city –...

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Warning that EU duty ruling could sound death knell for West’s small cider makers

June 15, 2015
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Warning that EU duty ruling could sound death knell for West’s small cider makers

Hundreds of small cider producers across the West of England could be put out of business if they are forced to pay excise duty under a new EU ruling, campaigners claim. Cider makers who produce less than 70 hectolitres a year – around 33 pints a day – and...

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Sustrans boss awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

June 15, 2015
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Sustrans boss awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

The chief executive of Bristol-based alternative transport group Sustrans, Malcolm Shepherd, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The accolade is in recognition of his contribution towards protecting the environment and improving people’s health. Sustrans’ vision is that by 2020 four out of five local...

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Firms get set to to make a low impact during Bristol’s Business Green Week

June 12, 2015
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Firms get set to to make a low impact during Bristol’s Business Green Week

Bristol firms’ contribution to more sustainable ways of operating – and the city’s year as European Green Capital – will be recognised next week when Business Green Week takes place. Events during the week will aim to inspire more businesses to adopt sustainable practices in the workplace. The 39...

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National gathering hears how Bristol is becoming the UK’s ethical investment capital

June 9, 2015
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National gathering hears how Bristol is becoming the UK’s ethical investment capital

Bristol is emerging as a hot spot for ethical investing, a national conference staged in the city heard. The city was chosen to host this year’s Ethex Annual Gathering because of its role as European Green Capital 2015, and according to the social enterprise’s research Bristol is the UK’s...

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