Green/sustainable business

Firms urged to join urban gardening revolution taking root at Harbourside

July 11, 2014
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Firms urged to join urban gardening revolution taking root at Harbourside

Businesses based in and around Bristol’s Harbourside are being encouraged to take part in a groundbreaking urban allotment scheme to grow free food in flower beds. The At-Bristol science centre has partnered with Almondsbury Garden Centre and local food group Incredible Edible Bristol to transform the raised beds in...

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Bristol shopping centre’s waste reduction project sets UK-wide standard

July 11, 2014
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Bristol shopping centre’s waste reduction project sets UK-wide standard

An award-winning waste management programme fine-tuned at a Bristol suburban shopping centre has become a template for other schemes across the UK. The Willow Brook centre in Bradley Stoke has won a green industry award for the second year running for its advanced waste management system. Run by property...

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Honorary degrees from UWE for Bristol entrepreneurs

July 11, 2014
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Two very different Bristol entrepreneurs will receive honorary degrees on Monday from UWE Bristol at the award ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law. Trevor Smallwood, who rose from a management trainee at his local bus company to become chairman of transport group First, will receive the honorary...

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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

July 7, 2014
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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, has welcomed the £86.2m of Government investment to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs in the area. But it said the city’s business community still needed to make sure future funding was secured under...

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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

July 7, 2014
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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

The Government has announced funding of £86.2m for the West of England under its Local Growth Deal. This money is for projects to start in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The key projects to benefit will be: Terabit West – £15m A world-first project to ensure that the West is positioned...

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West of England tops table for Govt investment with £86m boost to create thousands of jobs

July 7, 2014
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West of England tops table for Govt investment with £86m boost to create thousands of jobs

The Bristol and Bath area is to receive £86.2m of Government funding to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs. The amount is the highest in England and seven times that of London calculated by population size. Bosses at the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which will...

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Eating-out app Wriggle tastes success as innovation hub’s one-minute wonder

July 4, 2014
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Eating-out app Wriggle tastes success as innovation hub’s one-minute wonder

Wriggle, the Bristol-based app which alerts customers to last-minute offers at local bars and restaurants, has landed the top award at the annual SETsquared Innovation Showcase in the city. The firm, based at Bristol SETsquared in the Engine Shed innovation hub Temple Meads – where the innovation showcase was...

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Bristol businesses demand urgent changes to mayor’s controversial Residents’ Parking Zones

July 4, 2014
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Bristol businesses demand urgent changes to mayor’s controversial Residents’ Parking Zones

Employers in Bristol are calling for the city council to rethink Mayor George Ferguson’s controversial Residents’ Parking Zones (RPZs) to make them more workable for their staff. Major employers, including those from the health and education sectors, say they share the mayor’s ambition to improve transport and access in...

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£16.5m hi-tech enterprise zone to be set up at UWE Bristol

July 3, 2014
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£16.5m hi-tech enterprise zone to be set up at UWE Bristol

Bristol has been named as the location for one of the UK’s first four University Enterprise Zones to help the next generation of hi-tech companies set up and expand. The Enterprise Zone, which is expected to create more than 500 jobs and generate £50m for the local economy, will...

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Wild Place’s Leap of Faith takes corporate teambuilding to new heights

June 30, 2014
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Leap of Faith- Travel editor Anne Gorringe teams up with Barclays to try Leap of Faith

A team from Barclays are on a high after testing out a new adventure course at Bristol Zoo’s Wild Place Project. The Leap of Faith challenge includes a 12-metre high totem pole which participants climb before launching themselves off a platform to grasp a swinging punch bag. The course,...

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European number one ranking for Bristol innovation hub SETsquared

June 24, 2014
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European number one ranking for Bristol innovation hub SETsquared

SETsquared, the centre for innovative part run by the University of Bristol, has been named as the top university business incubator in Europe and second best in the world. In a ranking published by the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index, SETsquared, whose Bristol base is at the Engine Shed...

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Back to the future for Bristol’s Engine Shed hi-tech hub as it scoops heritage award

June 20, 2014
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Back to the future for Bristol’s Engine Shed hi-tech hub as it scoops heritage award

The Engine Shed, Bristol’s focal point for innovation, has collected another award for its imaginative reuse of part of Brunel’s original Temple Meads station. The building, re-engineered by Bristol architects Childs & Sulzmann, topped the heritage category in the South West Built Environment Awards. Judges said it “demonstrated a...

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Big Green Week prompts businesses to firm up their approach to sustainability

June 20, 2014
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Businesses have been supporting the city’s Big Green Week as momentum grows ahead of Bristol’s role as European Green Capital next year. Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative, part of Business West, embraced the week by encouraging member firms to move sustainability up their agenda. And Low Carbon South...

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