Green/sustainable business

UWE launches £4m fund to boost innovation among West businesses

February 12, 2014
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UWE launches £4m fund to boost innovation among West businesses

Innovative West businesses working on pioneering research and development projects can apply for financial help through a £4m innovation fund launched today by the University of the West of England (UWE). Grants of between £25,000 and £150,000 will be available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as...

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Royal visit will showcase Bristol’s pioneering work in robotics research

February 7, 2014
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Royal visit will showcase Bristol’s pioneering work in robotics research

Key innovations that are putting Bristol at the leading edge of global robotics research will be demonstrated to the Duke of York when he visits Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) on Monday. BRL is the UK’s leading and largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research and home to a vibrant...

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Bank funding drives further growth at Bristol hi-tech vehicle repair firm

February 7, 2014
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Bank funding drives further growth at Bristol hi-tech vehicle repair firm

Bristol-based vehicle repair firm WBC Automotive has invested £1.7m in the UK’s most hi-tech and eco-friendly workshop, with financial backing from Barclays. The bespoke 20,000 sq ft building on the Caxton Business Park in Warmley, was built to WBC’s exact specifications and houses a state-of-the-art body shop which is...

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Bristol’s railway stations on track to lead charge towards green motoring

February 3, 2014
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Electric vehicle charging points are to be installed at Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway railway stations as part of a campaign to promote low-carbon motoring. Train operator First Great Western (FGW) has been awarded £315,000 to install the chargepoints at 44 of its 210 stations. Clifton Down, Yate...

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Rower urges firms to back her epic 2,400-mile feat of endurance

January 31, 2014
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Rower urges firms to back her epic 2,400-mile feat of endurance

Firms are being sought to sponsor rower and University of Bristol PhD student Elsa Hammond’s epic solo voyage across the Pacific. Elsa, pictured, will be the only European solo female competitor in the 2,400 mile race from California to Hawaii this summer during which she will row for up...

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Fairtrade Business Awards aim to recognise the West’s responsible firms

January 27, 2014
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Fairtrade Business Awards aim to recognise the West’s responsible firms

Firms with a conscience are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2014 before this Friday’s deadline. Now in their second year, the awards recognise and showcase the efforts of businesses across the region which use Fairtrade products and support fair and ethical business practices. Each...

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‘Significant’ growth forecast for Bristol’s economy as its tech and creative sectors lead the way

January 24, 2014
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‘Significant’ growth forecast for Bristol’s economy as its tech and creative sectors lead the way

Bristol is poised for “significant” economic expansion over the next five years, out-performing even London in the pace of its growth, new research shows. The city’s burgeoning information and communications technology (ICT) sector and its established role as a centre for professional, scientific and technical expertise will pave the...

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New chair and vice-chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership take office

January 24, 2014
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New chair and vice-chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership take office

Liz Zeidler and Philippa Bayley have been elected as chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership for this year in a job share. Philippa is manager of the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, which brings together all the university’s work on living with environmental uncertainty, while Liz is a founding...

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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

January 24, 2014
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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

Accountants PwC have launched their annual search for the region’s best companies with the 2014 West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Previous winners of the awards, now in their 26th year, read like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected...

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City-wide energy deal will cut bills and fuel Bristol’s progress to Green Capital 2015

January 20, 2014
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City-wide energy deal will cut bills and fuel Bristol’s progress to Green Capital 2015

Bristol’s green credentials have received a major boost with a move that could slash residents’ energy bills by £3.5m a year, save 17,900 tonnes of CO2 and cut the city’s domestic gas use by 5%. The ambitious plans, approved by the city council Cabinet today, come as preparations are...

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New Year’s Honours for Bristol business leaders

December 31, 2013
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New Year’s Honours for Bristol business leaders

Some of Bristol’s best-known business figures have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Peter Hargreaves, the co-founder of Bristol-based investment services provider Hargreaves Lansdown, has been awarded the CBE for services to business, innovation, financial services. Don Cameron, founder of Bristol-based Cameron Balloons and figurehead for the...

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Bradford Council boss gets place in Bristol Mayor’s new-look management team

December 30, 2013
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Bradford Council boss gets place in Bristol Mayor’s new-look management team

Bristol City Council has completed the restructure of its top management team with the appointment of Barra Mac Ruairí as its fourth strategic director.  Currently strategic director for regeneration at Bradford City Council, Barra, pictured, will join Bristol City Council as strategic director for place, responsible for major projects,...

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Let us take off pressure from London’s overcrowded airports, say Bristol Airport chiefs

December 17, 2013
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Let us take off pressure from London’s overcrowded airports, say Bristol Airport chiefs

The Government should not overlook the vital role regional airports such as Bristol can play in helping solve the looming gridlock at airports serving London and the South East. The message, from Bristol Airport boss Robert Sinclair, came today as the Airports Commission’s interim report into the capacity constraints...

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