Green/sustainable business

New innovation director to head the successful SETsquared incubator network

March 27, 2014
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New innovation director to head the successful SETsquared incubator network

The SETsquared network, the UK’s top university business incubator with a base in Bristol, has appointed Simon Bond as its new head. As innovation director, Simon, pictured, the former director of the SETsquared innovation centre at the University of Bath, will oversee the way the partnership incubates hi- tech...

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BUDGET 2014: Help for Bristol’s key tech, creative and manufacturing industries

March 21, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Help for Bristol’s key tech, creative and manufacturing industries

Bristol’s standing as a hub for the hi-tech, creative and advanced engineering sectors received some welcome boosts in this week’s Budget. There was help for businesses moving to the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, its filmmakers through increased tax breaks, its growing cyber security industry through investment and its...

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Eat Drink Bristol Fashion festival promises to cook up a storm with line-up of region’s top chefs

March 21, 2014
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Eat Drink Bristol Fashion festival promises to cook up a storm with line-up of region’s top chefs

Pictured: Eat Drink Bristol Fashion founders at this year's launch, from left, Luke Hasell, Josh Eggleton and Nick Roberts. Photo by Jon Craig www.joncraig.co.uk Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, the celebration of Bristol’s high-flying food and restaurant scene, has announced that some of the South West’s top chefs will cook...

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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

March 21, 2014
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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

Bristol firms with expansion potential can apply for growth funding to a £25m pot of Government cash launched this week. The West of England Growth Fund aims to bring about job creation and private sector investment that would otherwise not have happened, or that can be accelerated through public...

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Reshoring trend gathers pace as Bristol shoe hanger firm opens new factory

March 21, 2014
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Reshoring trend gathers pace as Bristol shoe hanger firm opens new factory

Bristol specialist plastics manufacturer Phineas Group International has officially opened its new factory – the latest firm to ‘reshore’ production from China. The state-of-the-art plastic injection moulding factory in Hengrove has been made possible with a £100,000 grant from the West of England Growth Fund. Phineas supplies more than...

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Bristol Rovers’ new stadium dream becomes reality after judge rejects pressure group’s case

March 20, 2014
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Bristol Rovers’ new stadium dream becomes reality after judge rejects pressure group’s case

From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com Bristol Rovers Football Club have this afternoon been given the green light to build a new stadium on the outskirts of the city and redevelop the Memorial Stadium as a supermarket. A judicial review, lodged by the TRASHorfield group, was dismissed by Mr Justice Hickinbottom...

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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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