Green/sustainable business

New study will look at getting electrification of Bristol’s railways back on track by slashing costs

February 2, 2024
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New study will look at getting electrification of Bristol’s railways back on track by slashing costs

Plans to electrify Bristol’s mainline rail services have been revived following a move to lower the price of the scheme, which was scrapped on cost grounds eight years ago. The project, which would have cut journey times to London by up to 20 minutes, hit the buffers in 2016...

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Bristol property dispute specialist joins Excello Law as it looks to build presence in Bristol market

February 2, 2024
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Bristol property dispute specialist joins Excello Law as it looks to build presence in Bristol market

National law firm Excello has made its first move into the Bristol legal market with the appointment of an experienced property dispute resolution specialist based in the city. Sarah Taylor, pictured, has joined the firm from the Bristol head office of Burges Salmon, where she was a senior associate...

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Thrings seminar brings together experts to chart the landscape of development around Bristol

February 1, 2024
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Thrings seminar brings together experts to chart the landscape of development around Bristol

Businesses working in the development sector in and around Bristol must learn how to overcome a range of obstacles if they want their schemes to go ahead, an event staged by law firm Thrings’ city office has heard. These include understanding the influence of local and national policies as...

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Ongoing tough economic conditions raise red flags over close to 4,000 struggling Bristol businesses

January 26, 2024
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Ongoing tough economic conditions raise red flags over close to 4,000 struggling Bristol businesses

Nearly 4,000 companies in the Bristol area are in ‘significant’ financial distress as the economy continues to teeter on the brink of recession, according to a new report. The 12% increase on the previous quarter shows stubbornly high interest rates and inflation alongside weak consumer confidence and rising and...

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Liquid sunshine! Brewery to make beer using only its own energy after installing more solar panels

January 25, 2024
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Liquid sunshine! Brewery to make beer using only its own energy after installing more solar panels

A brewery on Bristol’s outskirts has installed hundreds more solar panels on its roof to harness as much renewable energy as possible for beer production. Hare Brewery at Warmley, which is owned by Cornish brewing and pub group St Austell, will now be able to generate an additional 230,511kWh...

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Milestone for regional finance scheme that has backed small firms to tune of £15m

January 24, 2024
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Milestone for regional finance scheme that has backed small firms to tune of £15m

Alternative regional funder SWIG Finance has reached the landmark of lending £15m to 250 small businesses across the South West in a scheme backed by Triodos, the ethical bank with its UK headquarters in Bristol. The milestone came within five years of the first loan being made under the...

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Funding secured to investigate ways of ‘greening up’ Bristol’s traditional industrial heartland

January 24, 2024
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Funding secured to investigate ways of ‘greening up’ Bristol’s traditional industrial heartland

Green technologies such as carbon capture and heat networks could be introduced into Bristol’s largest industrial area as efforts are stepped up to decarbonise its traditional business activities. Some £750,000 has been secured by an 11-strong consortium led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to draw up...

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Burges Salmon advises on creation of major new player in the UK’s fast-growing solar sector

January 23, 2024
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Burges Salmon advises on creation of major new player in the UK’s fast-growing solar sector

The corporate and mergers & acquisition team at Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon has helped create a major new investor for the UK solar market which will finance schemes from the development to operational stages. The long-term strategic partnership between Bluefield Solar Income Fund GLIL Infrastructure commits them to...

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TLT rings up another circular economy deal with sale of specialist telecoms network business

January 17, 2024
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TLT rings up another circular economy deal with sale of specialist telecoms network business

A team from Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT has advised on the sale of a telecoms equipment supplier to a specialist recycling firm in a transaction that boosts its credentials in the fast-growing circular economy market. The team advised the shareholders of Hampshire-based Lynx UK in the complex deal...

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Pioneering £1m support scheme will put ‘rocket boosters under region’s vital social economy’

January 12, 2024
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Pioneering £1m support scheme will put ‘rocket boosters under region’s vital social economy’

A programme to help the West of England’s 2,000-plus charities, third sector organisations, social enterprises and co-operatives cope with increased demand amid the cost of living crisis has been launched. Called Social Economy West, the £1m initiative aims to make the sector more resilient and less reliant on one-off grants and...

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Bristol Business Blog: Dan Peacey, regional sales manager, Grundon. The Grundon guide to simpler recycling

January 9, 2024
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Bristol Business Blog: Dan Peacey, regional sales manager, Grundon. The Grundon guide to simpler recycling

The government announced its Simpler Recycling scheme last October aimed at reforming the waste system in terms of collections and accepted materials. These changes aim to dispel any confusion regarding recyclable and non-recyclable materials and provide consistency in recycling practices for homes, workplaces, and schools across England. As we...

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CEO who gave Bart Ingredients taste for growth prepares to move to new role as non-executive chair

January 8, 2024
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CEO who gave Bart Ingredients taste for growth prepares to move to new role as non-executive chair

Long-established Bristol herbs and spices manufacturer Bart Ingredients is to have a new-look senior management team from April when its chief executive officer becomes non-executive chairman. David Collard, who has been CEO for more than 12 years, will be replaced in the role by the firm’s chief commercial officer...

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Bristol law firms leading UK on path to net zero championed in latest legal sector green report

January 5, 2024
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Bristol law firms leading UK on path to net zero championed in latest legal sector green report

Nine law firms with offices in Bristol have been showcased in the 2024 edition of a ground-breaking legal sector report highlighting the sector’s key contributors to the UK’s green transition. National and international firms TLT, Foot Anstey and Womble Bond Dickinson all featured in the inaugural Legal 500 UK...

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