Green/sustainable business

BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

Measures that will help Bristol’s recovery from recession in this week's Budget were welcomed by business leaders and professiona advisers in the city. Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, said the Chancellor had delivered on many items on its wish-list. Executive directorJames...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at...

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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

Business West has called on Chancellor George Osborne to use today’s Budget to focus on youth employment, training and enterprise – all crucial to securing future growth and avoiding a ‘lost generation’ as the UK economy continues to recover, it says. In its 2014 Budget submission, the business support...

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Keen interest in Bristol as city sets out its £1bn stall to global property developers

March 14, 2014
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Keen interest in Bristol as city sets out its £1bn stall to global property developers

Major international property firms and investors have shown “fantastic” interest in Bristol’s development sites – with one poised to bring 50 new jobs to the city’s Enterprise Zone. A high-profile team from the city has spent the week at MIPIM, the world’s largest commercial property industry gathering this week...

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Environmental recognition for Bristol green business park – before building work starts

March 14, 2014
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Environmental recognition for Bristol green business park – before building work starts

Work has started on Bristol’s £11.6m Filwood Green Business Park – a key part of the city’s preparations for its role as 2015 European Green Capital. Designed by Bristol architects Stride Treglown, the South Bristol development will provide 40,000 sq ft of workshop and office space and is expected...

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Pioneering Bristol Food Connections festival will put city on global food map

March 13, 2014
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Pioneering Bristol Food Connections festival will put city on global food map

Bristol businesses have been urged to help thrust the city into the international spotlight as a global food capital by backing the first Bristol Food Connections festival. The ambitious, city-wide event aims to celebrate and showcase Bristol’s many vibrant cultures by bringing communities together around something common to them...

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Event aims to generate interest in low-carbon future among Bristol firms and school students

March 13, 2014
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Event aims to generate interest in low-carbon future among Bristol firms and school students

Bristol businesses are being urged to take part in a cutting-edge event for young people to highlight the skills and job opportunities available in an innovative low-carbon economy. Called Your Green Future, it will feature industry thinkers and experts who will advise and inspire more than 400 secondary school...

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Bristol puts itself on global map for innovative and green development

March 11, 2014
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Bristol puts itself on global map for innovative and green development

Bristol’s potential as an area for innovative and sustainable development will be showcased to the world’s largest commercial property industry gathering this week. Two events at MIPIM, the annual international property investment conference held in the South of France, will highlight development opportunities in Bristol and Bath and explain...

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Dairy Crest chief to chair Business in the Community’s West advisory board

March 10, 2014
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Dairy Crest chief to chair Business in the Community’s West advisory board

Business in the Community (BITC), the national charity promoting corporate responsibility, has appointed Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen as chairman of its South West Advisory Board. Mark, pictured, who previously chaired BITC’s National Rural Leadership team, will now focus on helping South West businesses of all sizes integrate...

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High-flying businesses sought to back Bristol’s world-renown balloon fiesta

March 7, 2014
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High-flying businesses sought to back Bristol’s world-renown balloon fiesta

Bristol’s iconic International Balloon Fiesta, now in its 36th year, has been launched to the city’s business community with a plea to get involved. The Fiesta attracts around 500,000 visitors and more than 150 balloons, making it the second-largest event of its kind in the world and one of...

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Bristol’s ethical firms recognised in Fairtrade Business Awards

March 7, 2014
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Bristol’s ethical firms recognised in Fairtrade Business Awards

Shops, cafes, hotels, independent financial advisers and universities were among the winners in this year’s South West Fairtrade Business awards, which champion firms that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business. The awards, staged yesterday at Bristol’s City Hall, attracted scores of entrants from across the region....

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£21m scheme revealed to transform gateway to Temple Meads and new arena site

February 27, 2014
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£21m scheme revealed to transform gateway to Temple Meads and new arena site

A radical regeneration of the area around Bristol Temple Meads station and the new arena site to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists is being put forward for nearly £21m in funding. The scheme will vastly improve the semi-derelict Temple Circus – an eyesore for decades – and provide...

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Businesses get food for thought as Nicaraguan coffee grower tells them of Fairtrade’s vital role

February 24, 2014
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Businesses get food for thought as Nicaraguan coffee grower tells them of Fairtrade’s vital role

Buying Fairtrade products can be a tiny decision for a business yet it can have a huge impact on people’s lives. This message was brought home to businesses this morning as Fairtrade Fortnight got underway with a launch breakfast at Bristol law firm Burges Salmon. Margarita Espinoza, a Fairtrade...

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