Green/sustainable business

Sale of solar business latest deal for TLT as it powers ahead in renewables sector

January 26, 2022
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Sale of solar business latest deal for TLT as it powers ahead in renewables sector

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT has advised the shareholders of long-standing client, solar energy company Innova Energy, on its sale to investor Elm Trading. The sale to London-based Elm, whose interests include property and forestry as well as renewable energy, concludes a long-term strategy at London and Cheltenham-based Innova...

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Climate change-focussed subsidiary launched by JBP to work with organisations on ‘positive action’

January 26, 2022
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Climate change-focussed subsidiary launched by JBP to work with organisations on ‘positive action’

Bristol-headquartered communications consultancy JBP has launched a sub-brand dedicated to helping organisations “mobilise, generate and promote positive action” to address climate change. Called Climate Communications and operating as a subsidiary of the agency, it will be headed by JBP managing director Chris Lawrance, pictured, and will provide strategic and tactical...

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CBI boss told of Bristol’s global potential in emerging tech sectors on visit to city

January 21, 2022
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CBI boss told of Bristol’s global potential in emerging tech sectors on visit to city

National business organisation such as the CBI can play a crucial role in helping Bristol develop world-class clusters in high-potential sectors such as deeptech and creative tech, its director-general was told on a visit to the city. Tony Danker met a number of businesses in Bristol to hear about...

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Osborne Clarke looking to grow energy portfolio after taking on sector expert as partner

January 18, 2022
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Osborne Clarke looking to grow energy portfolio after taking on sector expert as partner

A legal expert on issues around decarbonisation and low carbon energy has been appointed by international law firm Osborne Clarke as energy and infrastructure partner based in its Bristol office. Hugo Lidbetter, pictured, brings more than 10 years’ experience advising domestic and international clients on policy and legal issues...

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Ovo to slash 1,700 jobs as it combats huge spike in wholesale energy prices

January 14, 2022
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Ovo to slash 1,700 jobs as it combats huge spike in wholesale energy prices

Bristol-headquartered energy group Ovo is to axe a quarter of its 6,200-strong workforce to protect the business from soaring costs and ongoing volatility in the market. The Bristol office of the firm, Britain’s third-biggest energy retailer, looks to have escaped the worst of the 1,700 job cuts.  It will...

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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

January 13, 2022
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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

Nearly three-quarters of tech firm executives in the South West put purpose before profits while just under 80% prioritise relationships over success, according to a new survey. The region also boasts a far higher number of female tech entrepreneurs than the national average – 36% against 22% for the...

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Research partnership for firm on a mission to cut deaths from harmful workplace air quality

January 13, 2022
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Research partnership for firm on a mission to cut deaths from harmful workplace air quality

A Bristol firm aiming to revolutionise the way indoor air quality is monitored has teamed up with the University of Bath on a ground-breaking research project. Atmo Technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the university’s Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering to partner on the work.  The...

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New funding for Bristol’s innovative heat network will connect it to city’s major development areas

January 7, 2022
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New funding for Bristol’s innovative heat network will connect it to city’s major development areas

Bristol’s pioneering heat network system, a key element in the city achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, has received further investment to extend it to key development areas. The existing network – which uses a number of different methods of extracting waste heat, including from the Floating Harbour – already...

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Business West managing director Phil Smith: 2022 will be a year of challenges but also opportunities

January 5, 2022
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Business West managing director Phil Smith: 2022 will be a year of challenges but also opportunities

With the ongoing impact of the pandemic, climate change and Brexit, 2022 will be another tough year for many Bristol businesses. Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative – looks at the needs and challenges for this...

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£2.5m fund launched by city council to ease plight of Bristol’s Covid-hit cultural organisations

December 17, 2021
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£2.5m fund launched by city council to ease plight of Bristol’s Covid-hit cultural organisations

Bristol’s pandemic-hit arts and cultural organisations are set to benefit from more than £2.5m of funding from the city council over the next four years. A new Cultural Investment Programme has been launched to provide grants and support to festivals, events, artists and the people they work with.  Starting...

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Bevan Brittan staff raise £15,000 to give Great Western Air Ambulance Charity a lift at Christmas

December 14, 2021
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Bevan Brittan staff raise £15,000 to give Great Western Air Ambulance Charity a lift at Christmas

National law firm Bevan Brittan’s Bristol office has given a festive £15,000 boost to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC). The donation is part of a total of £60,000 the firm has donated to local charities supported by its four offices across the UK.  During the year Bevan...

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City centre looking up again as designs for low carbon housing scheme go high rise

December 10, 2021
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City centre looking up again as designs for low carbon housing scheme go high rise

Another high-rise building scheme could be developed close to Bristol city centre as part of a project to transform a corner of Castle Park into a sustainable housing development. Goram Homes, Bristol City Council’s housing company, has teamed up with Bristol Housing Festival to investigate at how the site...

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New director for SETsquared Bristol as it looks to build on its world-leading reputation

December 10, 2021
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New director for SETsquared Bristol as it looks to build on its world-leading reputation

SETsquared Bristol has appointed Marty Reid as its new director, taking over from Monika Radclyffe, who has led the world-leading tech incubator since 2016. Marty, pictured, takes up the role in January. He has been the head of Engine Shed, the Bristol innovation hub and home to SETsquared Bristol,...

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