Green/sustainable business

Autumn Statement: Bristol Business reaction

December 3, 2014
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The Chancellor produced a balanced Autumn Statement that addressed business concerns around rates reform and finance, according to Bristol business leaders. James Durie, executive director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce at Business West, described it as a “crowd-pleasing” set of proposals for business, particularly its pledge for a major...

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Driverless cars to be trialled in Bristol after city group receives funding

December 3, 2014
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Driverless cars to be trialled in Bristol after city group receives funding

Bristol is to be a test-bed for driverless cars after funding was secured by a consortium made up of the city council, universities and businesses. The Bristol trial, which will start next January, will look at how the public reacts to so-called autonomous vehicles along with the legal and...

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International urban innovation award puts Bristol among world’s ‘smartest’ cities

December 3, 2014
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International urban innovation award puts Bristol among world’s ‘smartest’ cities

Bristol’s pioneering use of digital technology to improve the lives of its residents has earned it a major international award that places it among the world’s most-innovative cities. The International Award for Urban Innovation was presented to Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson at an event hosted by the municipal...

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Colourful campaign draws on Bristol’s street art scene to get more firms selling overseas

December 2, 2014
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Colourful campaign draws on Bristol’s street art scene to get more firms selling overseas

Export chiefs hope that a former shipping container covered with colourful street art will hold the key to getting more Bristol firms to take their business to the world. Launched this week outside the city’s Engine Shed innovation hub, Business West’s #GetExporting campaign highlights the benefits of exporting in...

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Green light for M49 junction to open up Avonmouth and Severnside for development

December 1, 2014
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Green light for M49 junction to open up Avonmouth and Severnside for development

Economic development in the Avonmouth and Severnside areas has been given a massive boost after the Government today finally gave the go ahead to a new junction on the M49 near Bristol. South Gloucestershire Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership first made a plea for the...

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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

November 28, 2014
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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

Innovation incubator SETsquared, which is backed by the University of Bristol, has unveiled two new projects – a £3.2m programme to speed up the commercialisation of university research and a partnership with academic health science networks to help NHS patients. The double boost was announced as it staged a...

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Burges Salmon team helps fire up £110m Merseyside waste wood plant

November 28, 2014
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Burges Salmon team helps fire up £110m Merseyside waste wood plant

Energy sector experts from Bristol-based law firm Burges Salmon have advised project company Mersey Bioenergy on a new £110m project to construct a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant on Merseyside. The project in Widnes will be the largest waste wood renewable energy plant in the North West and...

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Engineering consultancy Clarkebond leaps to second place in industry fast-growth table

November 28, 2014
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Engineering consultancy Clarkebond leaps to second place in industry fast-growth table

National multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Clarkebond, which has an office in Bristol, has been ranked as the UK’s second-fastest growing consultancy. The firm leapt 31 places in the recently published 2014 Building Magazine’s Top 150 Consultants list to the number two position as a result growth in its offices in...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 28, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The...

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Pioneering Bristol eco-firm’s poo-powered bus takes to the streets

November 21, 2014
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Pioneering Bristol eco-firm’s poo-powered bus takes to the streets

The UK’s first bus powered by human waste has taken to the road in Bristol in a move its Avonmouth-based engineers believe could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport by cutting emissions in polluted towns and cities. The 40-seater Bio-Bus runs on gas generated through the treatment...

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Minister’s visit backs Bristol’s position as hotbed for energy innovation

November 20, 2014
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Minister’s visit backs Bristol’s position as hotbed for energy innovation

Innovative Bristol firms developing sustainable ways of producing and using energy have had the chance to showcase their pioneering work to a Government minister. Energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd visited the region on Tuesday to discover how the South West is leading the world in low carbon...

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Burges Salmon helps Marks & Spencer get solar power behind the label

November 14, 2014
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Burges Salmon helps Marks & Spencer get solar power behind the label

Energy sector experts from Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon have advised retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) on a rooftop solar panel array for its state-of-the-art distribution centre – the largest commercial system of its kind in the UK. The Burges Salmon team, led by partner Nick Churchward...

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Investment doubles to £60m for SETsquared’s innovative firms

November 11, 2014
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Investment doubles to £60m for SETsquared’s innovative firms

Investment raised by innovative firms based at SETsquared, the highly-successful business incubator backed by the University of Bristol, has doubled over the past year to £60m – and is expected to rise again in the coming 12 months. Funding has come through a mixture of angel investors, venture capitalists...

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