Green/sustainable business

Trials of Bristol firm’s queue-busting women’s urinal show they can boost festivals’ takings

November 11, 2021
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Trials of Bristol firm’s queue-busting women’s urinal show they can boost festivals’ takings

Music festivals could boost their revenue and slash their carbon output by using the pioneering women’s urinal developed by Bristol University spin-out PEEQUAL, research has shown. Some 5,000 women have now tested PEEQUAL’s innovative toilets following trials this summer at festivals including Shambala, Valley Fest and The Bristol Comedy...

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International Trade Week to show Bristol firms how exporting can boost their business

November 9, 2021
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International Trade Week to show Bristol firms how exporting can boost their business

Bristol firms thinking of exporting or taking their international expansion to the next level can sign up to a week of special events hosted by experts. The Department for International Trade (DIT) will stage the first International Trade Week next week, with events – most of them virtual –...

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£32m fund for Bristol firms to upgrade their vehicles for city’s new Clean Air Zone

November 5, 2021
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£32m fund for Bristol firms to upgrade their vehicles for city’s new Clean Air Zone

Some £32m is to be made available for businesses to make sure their vehicles comply with Bristol’s Clean Air Zone, which will come into effect next summer, it emerged today. The figure, which will cover HGVs, LGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles, forms the lion’s share of £42m the...

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£100,000 appeal to help vulnerable communities in Bristol fight food insecurity backed by Burges Salmon

November 5, 2021
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£100,000 appeal to help vulnerable communities in Bristol fight food insecurity backed by Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon, the Bristol-headquartered national law firm, is supporting a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for community food projects in the city and help them fight food insecurity. Bristol Local Food Fund (BLFF), which was founded in July 2020 during the first lockdown and is run by volunteers, is...

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FSB calls on government to help small firms go green after survey shows most have no plan to act

November 5, 2021
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FSB calls on government to help small firms go green after survey shows most have no plan to act

Two-thirds of small firms in the South West have no active plan to reduce their impact on the environment, according to a new survey, with many arguing they should receive tax breaks, grants or low interest loans to help them go green. The report by the Federation of Small...

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Atkins senior transport strategy advisor named as co-chair of key city-region business group

November 2, 2021
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Atkins senior transport strategy advisor named as co-chair of key city-region business group

The group that provides a voice for business on planning and transport infrastructure issues in the Bristol area has a new co-chair. Jonathan Foster-Clark, pictured, senior transport strategy advisor in the Bristol office of consulting engineering group Atkins, is co-chairing the Business West Planning, Transport and Climate Group, working...

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Innovative housing scheme to showcase Bristol’s commitment to sustainable living at COP26

October 29, 2021
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Innovative housing scheme to showcase Bristol’s commitment to sustainable living at COP26

A Bristol sustainable housing development that demonstrates the innovation of the city’s residential property development industry is to go on show at COP26. Hope Rise, pictured, in St George will form the centrepiece of a virtual exhibition called Build Better Now at the landmark conference.  The scheme, which provides...

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Architecture firm’s ‘sinking house’ brings home the devastating impact of climate change

October 29, 2021
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Architecture firm’s ‘sinking house’ brings home the devastating impact of climate change

A powerful symbol of the need for urgent action on the climate emergency has appeared alongside one of the West of England’s most iconic tourist attractions – the result of collaboration between a Bristol architect, businesses, an artist and a council. The 5.5m by 3.5m wooden house appears to...

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Bristol angel investors back pioneering firm developing food packaging from seaweed

October 29, 2021
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Bristol angel investors back pioneering firm developing food packaging from seaweed

Innovative bioplastic food packaging made from seaweed is a step closer to supermarket shelves after the firm behind it secured funding from a group of Bristol investors. Sustainable biotech business Kelpi invented the compostable material to replace single-use fossil fuel plastics, which take hundreds of years to decompose. Over...

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FareShare South West calls on Bristol firms to back its FoodStock 2021 campaign

October 28, 2021
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FareShare South West calls on Bristol firms to back its FoodStock 2021 campaign

Bristol businesses are being urged to support FareShare South West, the region’s largest food redistribution charity, as it prepares to launch its emergency winter campaign FoodStock 2021. FareShare South West, which supplies food to more than 350 frontline organisations, aims to build a stockpile of ambient food with the...

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AUTUMN BUDGET 2021: Bristol business reaction

October 28, 2021
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AUTUMN BUDGET 2021: Bristol business reaction

Many businesses in Bristol were hoping for a game-changing Budget to tackle the immense problems they face – but according to the regional branch of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) this doesn’t feel like one. FSB development manager for Bristol, Bath & South Gloucestershire, Sam Holliday, pictured, said:...

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AUTUMN BUDGET 2021: Business West says region losing out again despite Sunak’s ‘levelling up’ claim

October 27, 2021
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AUTUMN BUDGET 2021: Business West says region losing out again despite Sunak’s ‘levelling up’ claim

Business West, the region’s largest business group, said many firms would “remain muted in their enthusiasm” for a Budget that failed to address the scale of the post-Covid challenges they face. The organisation, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, also claimed the West of England had again missed out...

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AUTUMN BUDGET 2021: National business reaction

October 27, 2021
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AUTUMN BUDGET 2021: National business reaction

Business groups have welcomed a number of measures in yesterday’s Budget but said Chancellor Rishi Sunak could have done more to encourage investment. The CBI, which speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors, described it overall as business friendly, with its director-general Tony Danker saying...

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