Green/sustainable business

International recognition for manufacturer Renishaw’s war on waste

November 5, 2013
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International recognition for manufacturer Renishaw’s war on waste

West advanced manufacturing group Renishaw has become one of the first firms to be awarded a pioneering international standard for cutting its carbon and water use. The Wotton-under-edge firm, which makes hi-tech measuring products used in factories across the world, is one of five organisations to complete a pilot...

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Bank finance helps fund Friska’s appetite for further growth

October 31, 2013
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Bank finance helps fund Friska’s appetite for further growth

Bristol healthy fast food restaurant group Friska has secured a £65,000 funding deal with Santander to help finance further growth. Launched in 2009 by University of Bath economics graduates Griff Holland and Ed Brown, Friska has since grown from one to four restaurants around Bristol. The new finance agreement...

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Gulf investors linked with £2bn Hinkley C funding

October 23, 2013
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Gulf investors linked with £2bn Hinkley C funding

The multi-billion pound funding gap in the £16bn Hinkley C nuclear power plant project could be filled by investment from Gulf state governments, according to media reports. A consortium led by French energy giant EDF was given the go-ahead on Monday to build two reactors at Hinkley Point in...

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Boost for West economy as Govt approves Hinkley C nuclear power plant

October 21, 2013
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Boost for West economy as Govt approves Hinkley C nuclear power plant

The £14bn Hinkley C nuclear power plant has gained official Government go-ahead, delivering a massive boost to the economy of the West of England but re-opening the debate on the cost of the massive project for consumers. The two nuclear reactors to be built by French giant EDF Energy...

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Joint venture set up to boost Bristol’s environmental talent pool

October 18, 2013
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Joint venture set up to boost Bristol’s environmental talent pool

Two Bristol-based organisations have announced a joint venture to support the city's burgeoning environmental technology and services sector. The tie-up comes after the city’s success in being named European Green Capital of the Year for 2015. Low Carbon South West, one of the largest trade associations of its kind...

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How the power of partnership can boost business and charities

October 18, 2013
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How the power of partnership can boost business and charities

Bristol firms are invited to an event next week to help them forge relationships with the charitable sector and boost the city’s growing reputation for responsible business. Hosted by BITC (Business in the Community), the Power of Partnership workshop on Tuesday will give charities and community organisations a platform...

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West schools home in on trophy to design sustainable house of the future

October 18, 2013
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West schools home in on trophy to design sustainable house of the future

Women in Property’s South West branch has launched a contest for schools around Bristol to design a sustainable four-bedroom house suitable for modern lifestyles. The competition for Year 9 students also aims to raise awareness of sustainability, as well as inform young people about the construction process and the range...

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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

October 16, 2013
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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

Bristol will have a bright economic future if it harnesses the innovation of its key sectors and the talents of its skilled workforce and also markets itself effectively, a major conference heard this week. But it needs to overcome some serious issues, particularly around transport, and it needs to...

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High-profile conference will put Bristol’s bright future in the spotlight

October 15, 2013
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High-profile conference will put Bristol’s bright future in the spotlight

A major conference this afternoon will explain why Bristol is set to have one of the UK’s best-performing local economies as the country moves out of recession. The high-profile Bristol’s Bright Future event at Ashton Gate will hear from a range of speakers who will take the pulse of...

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Bristol’s Bright Future Conference: The speakers

October 15, 2013
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Bristol’s Bright Future Conference: The speakers

Among speakers at this afternoon’s Bristol’s Bright Future conference are: James Durie, executive director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative at Business West, the organisation that leads and speaks for business in the Bristol, Bath and wider area. It provides a range of services from business start-up, business...

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Solar project fuels mayor’s ambition to make Bristol ‘laboratory for change’

October 11, 2013
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Solar project fuels mayor’s ambition to make Bristol ‘laboratory for change’

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson has hailed a pioneering green energy scheme as an example of how the city will be a “laboratory for change” when it becomes European Green Capital in 2015. The £2.8m SoLa Bristol project went live in Knowle West this week with homes, schools and...

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Major bar chain waste management contract win for MITIE

October 1, 2013
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Major bar chain waste management contract win for MITIE

MITIE, the highly-successful Bristol-based outsourcing group, has landed a £38m waste management and cleaning contract with restaurant and pub operator Mitchells & Butlers. Under the three-year deal, which builds an existing contract, MITIE will provide recycling and environmental services at 1,600 Mitchells & Butlers restaurants and pubs around the...

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Gauging the impact of latest moves in low carbon energy

September 25, 2013
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Gauging the impact of latest moves in low carbon energy

The latest developments in the low carbon sector and their significance for Bristol’s burgeoning green sector will be highlighted at an event staged later today in the city. Staged by Low Carbon South West and hosted by accountants Smith & Williamson, the event will have a particular focus on...

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