Green/sustainable business

Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Bristol businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada to explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Redcliffe Hill, on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest...

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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bristol’s micro-chip innovation

February 21, 2014
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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bristol’s micro-chip innovation

Bristol’s world-class expertise in micro-electronics is to play a crucial role in the recently-announced Smart Cities Trade Mission to China later this year. Bristol boasts the world’s second-largest cluster of micro-chip design expertise outside of California’s Silicon Valley. Many of its leading-edge firms have become global players in the...

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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

February 21, 2014
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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

West firms of all sizes are being urged to enter their directors in the region’s top award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 celebrate the achievements of the region’s outstanding business people and their contribution to the its...

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How we lead in fostering student innovation: UWE vice-chancellor to speak on high-profile panel

February 21, 2014
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How we lead in fostering student innovation: UWE vice-chancellor to speak on high-profile panel

UWE vice-chancellor Professor Steve West has been selected to take part in a panel debate on how best to foster student innovation and entrepreneurship. Chaired by Guardian Universities editor Judy Friedberg at The Guardian University Forum 2014, the panel will consider the role universities play in nurturing student entrepreneurship...

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Bristol’s responsible businesses to show that trade can be fair

February 21, 2014
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Bristol’s responsible businesses to show that trade can be fair

Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off on Monday with a business breakfast hosted by law firm Burges Salmon – the first of a series of events strengthening Bristol’s role as one of the world’s leading Fairtrade cities. Speaking at the breakfast will be Margarita Espinoza, a Nicaraguan Fairtrade coffee producer. Margarita,...

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China trade mission will showcase Bristol’s green, tech and creative innovation

February 14, 2014
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China trade mission will showcase Bristol’s green, tech and creative innovation

Bristol’s innovation in the green, hi-tech and creative industries is to be championed in China through a unique trade mission which aims to open up valuable new markets for businesses in these key sectors. Taking the ‘Smart Cities’ concept as its theme, the November visit will give 10 Bristol...

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UWE expert to help Government shape the cities of the future

February 14, 2014
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UWE expert to help Government shape the cities of the future

The director of the Centre for Sustainable Planning and the Environments (SPE) at UWE, Professor Katie Williams, has been appointed to a major Government body looking at the cities of the future. The Foresight Review will tackle the issues that will influence central Government thinking on where and how...

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UWE launches £4m fund to boost innovation among West businesses

February 12, 2014
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UWE launches £4m fund to boost innovation among West businesses

Innovative West businesses working on pioneering research and development projects can apply for financial help through a £4m innovation fund launched today by the University of the West of England (UWE). Grants of between £25,000 and £150,000 will be available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as...

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Royal visit will showcase Bristol’s pioneering work in robotics research

February 7, 2014
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Royal visit will showcase Bristol’s pioneering work in robotics research

Key innovations that are putting Bristol at the leading edge of global robotics research will be demonstrated to the Duke of York when he visits Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) on Monday. BRL is the UK’s leading and largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research and home to a vibrant...

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Bank funding drives further growth at Bristol hi-tech vehicle repair firm

February 7, 2014
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Bank funding drives further growth at Bristol hi-tech vehicle repair firm

Bristol-based vehicle repair firm WBC Automotive has invested £1.7m in the UK’s most hi-tech and eco-friendly workshop, with financial backing from Barclays. The bespoke 20,000 sq ft building on the Caxton Business Park in Warmley, was built to WBC’s exact specifications and houses a state-of-the-art body shop which is...

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Bristol’s railway stations on track to lead charge towards green motoring

February 3, 2014
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Electric vehicle charging points are to be installed at Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway railway stations as part of a campaign to promote low-carbon motoring. Train operator First Great Western (FGW) has been awarded £315,000 to install the chargepoints at 44 of its 210 stations. Clifton Down, Yate...

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Rower urges firms to back her epic 2,400-mile feat of endurance

January 31, 2014
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Rower urges firms to back her epic 2,400-mile feat of endurance

Firms are being sought to sponsor rower and University of Bristol PhD student Elsa Hammond’s epic solo voyage across the Pacific. Elsa, pictured, will be the only European solo female competitor in the 2,400 mile race from California to Hawaii this summer during which she will row for up...

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Fairtrade Business Awards aim to recognise the West’s responsible firms

January 27, 2014
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Fairtrade Business Awards aim to recognise the West’s responsible firms

Firms with a conscience are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2014 before this Friday’s deadline. Now in their second year, the awards recognise and showcase the efforts of businesses across the region which use Fairtrade products and support fair and ethical business practices. Each...

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