Green/sustainable business

World of opportunities for Bristol to attract niche global finance firms, says Lord Mayor of London

May 2, 2014
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World of opportunities for Bristol to attract niche global finance firms, says Lord Mayor of London

Bristol can attract international inward investment from major global finance firms by positioning itself as a centre for ‘green’ and other niche financial services, the Lord Mayor of London said on a visit to the city. While the City of London was still the UK’s number one location for...

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Bristol’s inward investment agency’s 500-plus job creation tally in first year of business

May 2, 2014
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Bristol’s inward investment agency’s 500-plus job creation tally in first year of business

Invest Bristol & Bath, the inward investment body for the West of England, has helped 30 companies locate or expand in the area in its first year of operation. These businesses, from a mix of sectors including creative, low carbon, hi-tech, and advanced engineering and aerospace, have the potential...

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Bristol claims three out of four top regional awards for innovative offices

May 1, 2014
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Bristol claims three out of four top regional awards for innovative offices

Three Bristol offices have been recognised as the best workplaces in the South West in a prestigious property sector awards scheme. Barclays, Imperial Tobacco and Motability Operations landed three out of the four awards in the regional leg of the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) respected annual awards programme....

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Smart Cities China trade mission event will focus on hi-tech and green tech opportunities

April 25, 2014
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Smart Cities China trade mission event will focus on hi-tech and green tech opportunities

Two Bristol companies in the hi-tech and green tech sectors will share their experiences of doing business in China at an event next week to promote this November’s Smart Cities trade mission. Organisers of the visit want to tap into and showcase Bristol’s world-class hi-tech and green tech sectors...

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Govt’s £7m Green Capital funding boost puts Bristol at heart of clean tech industry

April 25, 2014
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Govt’s £7m Green Capital funding boost puts Bristol at heart of clean tech industry

Bristol is to receive £7m from the Government to support it as European Green Capital next year, including a global clean technology festival and a series of international summits on climate change. The funding, announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander on a visit to the...

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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

April 24, 2014
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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

The West of England’s food and drink businesses are increasingly upbeat about their prospects despite concerns over the price of raw materials and energy and the impact of this winter’s floods. Most also believe that being based in this region is a major plus, according to a new survey....

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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

April 24, 2014
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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

A trade mission to China to help unlock opportunities for small and medium-sized West businesses has been announced by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West. While China is well known as the world’s fastest-growing major economy, with growth rates averaging around 10% over the past 30 years, and...

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Bart Ingredients finds recipe for further growth with acquisition of paste and sauce maker

April 17, 2014
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Bart Ingredients finds recipe for further growth with acquisition of paste and sauce maker

Bart Ingredients, the Bristol-based well-known manufacturer of herbs and spices, is to expand into the pastes and sauces market after acquiring the assets of Berkshire-based OTP Foods Limited in a multi-million pound deal. Bart sees these wet ingredients as a high-growth area, confirmed by market statistics which show that...

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West cider apple growers urged to enter awards as industry presses ahead with growth

April 16, 2014
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West cider apple growers urged to enter awards as industry presses ahead with growth

The search is on for the best cider orchard in the West with apple growers being encouraged to compete for the silver medal awarded annually by the Royal Bath and West Show. This year’s contest is expected to be tougher than ever as the number and extent of orchards...

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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ Rob Law to make case for innovation at business show

April 15, 2014
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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ Rob Law to make case for innovation at business show

Rob Law, the Bristol-based inventor of child’s ride-on suitcase Trunki, heads up the M4 next month to be keynote speaker at this year’s Business Show Swindon The entrepreneur, innovator and ‘dragon-slayer’ – he was famously turned down by Dragons’ Den – will speak about the setbacks and learnings of...

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Siemens to open turbine blade plant in Bristol as city strengthens role as low-carbon tech capital

April 11, 2014
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Siemens to open turbine blade plant in Bristol as city strengthens role as low-carbon tech capital

Industrial giant Siemens is to open a tidal turbine blade factory in Bristol, creating 49 jobs and boosting the city’s growing reputation as a centre for low-carbon technology and innovation. The German group made the announcement yesterday when Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey visited its Marine Current...

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Mayor calls for innovation to help make Bristol showcase for low-carbon public transport

April 11, 2014
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Mayor calls for innovation to help make Bristol showcase for low-carbon public transport

Bristol can be a showcase for zero-emission bus technology as part of its year as European Green Capital, Mayor George Ferguson has said. He challenged the motor industry and low-carbon sector to invest in Bristol and help it become a centre for innovation in public transport. He was speaking...

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Bristol drinks brand Koji secures follow-on funds to drive growth

April 11, 2014
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Bristol drinks brand Koji secures follow-on funds to drive growth

Bristol-based Future Drinks Co has secured follow-on funding from the Government-backed Angel CoFund and its other investors to drive the next phase of growth of its Koji range of soft drinks. The funding means the firm can continue to scale up its operations and take the Koji brand into...

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