Green/sustainable business

Gloucester Road traders catch the mood as Bristol prepares to host one-day cricket international

August 21, 2014
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Gloucester Road traders catch the mood as Bristol prepares to host one-day cricket international

Shops and bars along Bristol’s Gloucester Road, Britain’s longest street of independent traders, are preparing for a boost from Bank Holiday Monday’s cricket international between England and India. Some 16,000 cricket fans will descend on the area for the first of the Royal London One-Day International series at the...

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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

The Bristol office of BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Thames Valley and working with them to...

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Bike, art and coffee shops pop up to recycle empty Clifton retail scheme

August 15, 2014
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Bike, art and coffee shops pop up to recycle empty Clifton retail scheme

A shared love of bikes, art and coffee has brought a varied collection of businesses together to turn an empty Clifton Village shopping scheme into a vibrant pop-up community. The venture, called THAT Clifton Pop-up, brings together Bath-based coffee house group Jika Jika, Bath Ales’ craft beer brand Beerd...

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Anti-Metrobus campaigners deliver plea to Government to pull funding

August 15, 2014
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Anti-Metrobus campaigners deliver plea to Government to pull funding

From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com Campaigners against the West of England’s Metrobus project were in London today to call on the Government to scrap its funding for the controversial public transport project. The Alliance to rethink Metrobus group delivered a letter, and a cardboard white elephant, to the office of...

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Bristol firms urged to get in the saddle for this year’s Cycle to Work Day

August 15, 2014
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Bristol firms urged to get in the saddle for this year’s Cycle to Work Day

Bristol firms are joining organisers of Cycle to Work Day and encouraging their employees to pledge to bike to work on September 4. Tens of thousands of cyclists across the country took part in last year’s Cycle to Work Day, riding a total of a quarter of a million...

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Pioneering Bristol trio pitched against Britain’s best small firms in prestigious national contest

August 15, 2014
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Pioneering Bristol trio pitched against Britain’s best small firms in prestigious national contest

Three innovative small firms from Bristol have been included among 100 from across the country selected to attend intensive business boot camps and compete for support worth thousands of pounds. Wriggle, Grow Bristol and Talking Men’s Shoes were chosen by a panel of expert judges in The Pitch 2014,...

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Multi-million pound private sector support pledged for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital

August 8, 2014
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Multi-million pound private sector support pledged for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital

Transport operator FirstGroup and accountants KPMG have signed multi-million pound agreements to support Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in what was today described as among the largest private-sector sponsorships in the city’s history. The deals, a mixture of financial and value-in-kind support, make up the strongest private-sector commitment...

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Kier lands £100m five-year Bristol Water network maintenance contract

August 6, 2014
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Kier lands £100m five-year Bristol Water network maintenance contract

Bristol Water has awarded its £20m-a-year network maintenance services programme contract to national building and civil engineering group Kier. The contract, which starts on October 1, is for five years with a potential five-year extension. Works include repairs and maintenance, metering, new connections, developer mains, trunk mains support and...

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Garden centre firm grows its green credentials with funding for biomass energy

August 1, 2014
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Garden centre firm grows its green credentials with funding for biomass energy

A garden centre business owned by the same family since opening in 1884 is future-proofing itself against spiraling energy costs and enhancing its green credentials after securing £400,000 funding from Barclays. Whitehall Garden Centre at Lacock near Chippenham, which also owns and operates Bristol’s Whitchurch Garden Centre, is installing...

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Ambitious city-wide energy efficiency project aims to slash fuel bills for every home

August 1, 2014
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One of the UK’s largest energy efficiency schemes is to be launched in Bristol, creating 50 jobs and offering advice to every home and business on how to reduce their fuel bills and save money. Under the ambitious multi-million pound project announced today, every property in the city will...

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Social network out to revolutionise the way businesses engage with local communities

July 25, 2014
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Social network out to revolutionise the way businesses engage with local communities

Neighbourly.com, an innovative new social network aimed at connecting community projects with companies, was launched in Bristol last night with the ambition to revolutionise corporate social responsibility. The business has been developed by local entrepreneur Nick Davies and is the first digital platform to be created for the largely...

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Bristol Business Blog: Colin Skellett, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bristol Business Blog: Colin Skellett, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and...

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Merchant Venturers seek charities to benefit from its next round of grants

July 23, 2014
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Merchant Venturers seek charities to benefit from its next round of grants

Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers is inviting local good causes to apply to its charity committee for grants. The call coincides with the Merchants’ quarterly announcement of its recent awards which total £35,000 in new grants. The awards are used to support organisations that work with the vulnerable and...

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