Green/sustainable business

R&D tax credit take-up spirals as firms finally realise the benefit

November 11, 2014
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R&D tax credit take-up spirals as firms finally realise the benefit

West of England accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has a large office in Bristol, has secured more than £53m in research and development tax credits for clients over the past year. The tax credits were introduced 14 years ago but take-up had been slow until recently – a fact...

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Unique university-led research project to gauge impact of design on Bristol’s economy

November 7, 2014
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Unique university-led research project to gauge impact of design on Bristol’s economy

The contribution made by design in businesses and the public sector in Bristol is to be analysed for the first time in new academic research. The project, which will also look at design in Bath, brings together experts from UWE Bristol, the University of Bristol and Bath Spa University....

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Bring back tax breaks to fund UK’s next-generation innovators, says Smith & Williamson report

November 6, 2014
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Bring back tax breaks to fund UK’s next-generation innovators, says Smith & Williamson report

The Bristol office of accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson is calling for the reintroduction of tax breaks for companies which fund innovative, early-stage businesses. The plea to the Government comes in the firm’s Unleashing British Business report, which highlights key measures needed to encourage entrepreneurship and...

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Jobs boost for Bristol as inward investment agency attracts international firms to city

November 5, 2014
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Jobs boost for Bristol as inward investment agency attracts international firms to city

Inward investment agency Invest Bristol & Bath is on track to hit its target of helping to create 1,380 jobs over two years, new figures show. Since its launch January 2013, the organisation has assisted in generating more than 1,200 jobs by attracting a number of high-profile businesses to...

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Event will look at likely business impact of ground-breaking EU-US trade agreement

November 3, 2014
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Event will look at likely business impact of ground-breaking EU-US trade agreement

The impact of the impending EU-US trade agreement on business in the West of England will be discussed next week by a high-powered expert panel. The breakfast event, hosted by accountancy firm Grant Thornton in Bristol, will look at the ground-breaking Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which aims...

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£3m investment in Avonmouth recycling business paves way for more growth

October 31, 2014
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£3m investment in Avonmouth recycling business paves way for more growth

Bristol-based recycling company Boomeco, which specialises in the reuse and recycling of wood and black bag waste, has invested around £3m in its Avonmouth site. The move has strengthened its recycling and recovery services with highly-specialised equipment including a wood shredder, an automatic baling press and new vehicles to...

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Bristol’s phonebox millionaire called on to become patron of homeless charity Emmaus

October 31, 2014
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Bristol’s phonebox millionaire called on to become patron of homeless charity Emmaus

Bristol-born entrepreneur Stephen Fear, known as the phonebox millionaire, has become a patron of homeless charity Emmaus. Dr Fear, pictured, who created his first business aged 14 from a phonebox on his Bristol council estate, said due to hyperactivity as a child and the breakup of his parents’ marriage...

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Green Capital signs up global engineering giant Arup as latest sponsor

October 31, 2014
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Green Capital signs up global engineering giant Arup as latest sponsor

International design and engineering group Arup was today named as the latest business to sponsor Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015. The firm, which employs 280 people in Bristol and has been involved in many of the city’s major building projects, will be ‘built environment for future cities’...

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Latest Bristol-Guangzhou link will harness cities’ leading innovation in energy, education and urban design

October 24, 2014
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Latest Bristol-Guangzhou link will harness cities’ leading innovation in energy, education and urban design

Bristol and its Chinese sister city Guangzhou are to explore closer links between their important educational, industrial and energy sectors following the second visit by a high-powered delegation to Bristol in as many weeks. A Bristol-Panyu Urbanisation and Cooperation group is to be established to look at how the...

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Bristol firm Ecoegg ‘reshores’ manufacturing back to UK from China

October 24, 2014
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Bristol firm Ecoegg ‘reshores’ manufacturing back to UK from China

Bristol-based Ecoegg, an award-winning designer of eco-friendly laundry products, has created nine jobs and is exporting to more than 30 countries worldwide after bringing its production back from China. Having developed its innovative Dryer Egg, the latest in its range of eco- and skin-friendly products, firm was keen to...

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Economic growth welcomed in Bristol but fears remain that recovery could stall

October 24, 2014
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Economic growth welcomed in Bristol but fears remain that recovery could stall

Bristol business leaders today welcomed the latest positive national economic figures but concerns remain that the pace of growth is slowing and further problems could lie ahead. The Office for National Statistics figures show the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.7% in the three months to September...

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B24/7 & Bristol Business News comment: Why businesses must back our year as Green Capital

October 24, 2014
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B24/7 & Bristol Business News comment: Why businesses must back our year as Green Capital

Each month the relaunched B24/7 website will feature a comment article by Bristol Business News editor Robert Buckland looking at a different business issue affecting the city. He kicks off the series by urging Bristol businesses to get behind next year’s European Green Capital. We’ve had the high-profile sackings,...

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Lottery pay-out will help Bristol social enterprises gain access to much-needed European funding

October 24, 2014
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Lottery pay-out will help Bristol social enterprises gain access to much-needed European funding

Quartet Community Foundation has been awarded £10,000 to work with a wide range of partners to help Bristol and the West of England’s social enterprises and the voluntary sector access European funding. It aims to raise awareness of the European funding programme, map evidence of need and of experience...

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