Green/sustainable business

Last chance to enter awards that recognise the region’s top business leaders

March 23, 2015
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Last chance to enter awards that recognise the region’s top business leaders

The deadline is looming for Bristol firms to enter one of the region’s top award schemes showcasing excellence and enterprise in business. Entries for the prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2015 must be in by March 31. Nominations are open to anyone working...

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The search for Bristol’s happiest workplace narrows to five contenders

March 20, 2015
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The search for Bristol’s happiest workplace narrows to five contenders

Five firms are battling it out to earn the coveted title of Bristol’s happiest workplace. Animation studio Aardman, publisher Immediate Media, distribution firm Shiner, recruitment group Opus and digital media pioneers Sift Media are today named as the shortlist in the first contest of its kind in Bristol. Launched...

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Solar proves powerful source of work for Burges Salmon as installations soar to new levels

March 20, 2015
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Solar proves powerful source of work for Burges Salmon as installations soar to new levels

Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon has reached the landmark of advising on more than two gigawatts (two billion watts) of solar PV installations in the UK since the introduction of the first feed-in tariff in April 2010. The firm has been involved in projects from the first wave of...

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Government funding for community energy schemes secured by city council

March 20, 2015
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Government funding for community energy schemes secured by city council

Bristol City Council has been granted £885,000 funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to support community energy projects across the city. The funding is the result of a successful bid from the council and will be partly used to boost renewable energy programmes already being...

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BUDGET 2015: Bristol business reaction

March 18, 2015
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Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures that could boost the economy in and around Bristol in this week’s Budget. These included granting full approval of the third and final section of Bristol’s MetroBus Network, running from the North Fringe to Hengrove and housing zones in South Bristol...

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BUDGET 2015: National business reaction

March 18, 2015
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The CBI welcomed many of the “encouraging” Budget measures which it said would help businesses “create jobs for the benefit of all”. Director-general John Cridland said: “Stability and consistency are what businesses need to grow and prosper. This Budget sets the tone, providing a clear plan for fiscal health...

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Reshoring production from China pays off for plastics firm with new jobs and £100,000 order

March 18, 2015
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Reshoring production from China pays off for plastics firm with new jobs and £100,000 order

Bristol-based specialist plastics manufacturer Phineas Group, which ‘reshored’ parts of its manufacturing from China a year ago, has created five jobs and secured a £100,000 tooling order since the move. The firm, which has a turnover of £5m and employs 14 people, is among a growing trend for firms...

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Budget must create conditions for long-term, sustainable growth, say Bristol experts

March 16, 2015
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Budget must create conditions for long-term, sustainable growth, say Bristol experts

More help for entrepreneurs, tech start-ups and exporters – and a better-funded HMRC – are among the items on the wish lists of Bristol experts ahead of this week’s Budget. Chancellor George Osborne will present the last Budget of this Parliament on Wednesday with many commentators expecting him to announce...

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Bristol gets smart as it opens its world-leading test bed for urban innovation

March 16, 2015
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Bristol gets smart as it opens its world-leading test bed for urban innovation

Bristol’s ambition to become a global laboratory for change has taken a major step forward with the official launch of Bristol Is Open – a world-beating project that places the city at the forefront of innovative technologies ranging from driverless cars to remote health monitoring. The ground-breaking ‘smart city’...

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Funding support takes Bristol music venue St George’s closer to its £5.5m upgrade target

March 16, 2015
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Funding support takes Bristol music venue St George’s closer to its £5.5m upgrade target

Iconic Bristol concert venue St George’s has secured initial support for a £750,200 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as part of its £5.5m Building a Sound Future appeal. Development funding of £24,800 has also been awarded to help it progress plans to apply for a full grant...

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State-of-the-art Bristol office building looks to set standards for smart working

March 16, 2015
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State-of-the-art Bristol office building looks to set standards for smart working

Bristol financial technology firm Momentum Financial Technology has relocated its 40-strong team to new showpiece offices in the city centre and is now embarking on a major recruitment drive. The firm, formerly known as Blue Speck Financial, announced plans to open its new 120-person facility last November. It has...

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From the West to Westminster. Map charting Bristol’s innovation presented to Government

March 16, 2015
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From the West to Westminster. Map charting Bristol’s innovation presented to Government

Bristol’s strength in innovation and its high quality of life has been put on the map in Westminster at a high-powered gathering of MPs and key Government figures aimed at challenging the so-called Northern Powerhouse. A giant map charting some of the area’s success stories and future opportunities was...

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Hub will offer city’s entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

March 13, 2015
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Hub will offer city’s entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

Bristol entrepreneurs are being invited to apply for a place on a free accelerator programme offering support, mentoring, networking and office accommodation in the city. Entrepreneurial Spark, which is backed by NatWest, will open the hub for start-up businesses from all sectors this summer. Applications are now open. Up...

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