Green/sustainable business

Funding for drone tech firm on a mission to slash wind turbine maintenance costs

September 10, 2021
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Funding for drone tech firm on a mission to slash wind turbine maintenance costs

A Bristol robotics business aiming to cut the cost of maintaining wind turbines is flying high after landing £1.6m in its latest funding round. Perceptual Robotics uses autonomous drones to map turbines before passing the images onto a cloud-based AI (artificial intelligence) system which processes them to detect damage. ...

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Firms’ unused apprenticeship levy funds can help unlock Bristol’s wealth of talent, says Metro Mayor

September 8, 2021
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Firms’ unused apprenticeship levy funds can help unlock Bristol’s wealth of talent, says Metro Mayor

Bristol firms are being urged to help people in the city develop new skills by adding their unused apprenticeship levy funds to a shared funding pot. Nearly half a million pounds has already been pledged to the Share to Support scheme by apprentice-levy paying employers from across West of England...

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COP26 battle bus to visit Bristol and help put city’s firms on the road to a net zero carbon future

September 3, 2021
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COP26 battle bus to visit Bristol and help put city’s firms on the road to a net zero carbon future

Bristol firms, organisations and community groups are to share their inspirational stories about the projects they are undertaking to decarbonise when a national Zero Carbon Tour arrives in the city next week. Visitors to Planet Mark’s carbon battle bus, pictured, which will stop at UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus on...

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Deadline looming for prestigious regional awards that recognise excellence in the boardroom

September 3, 2021
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Deadline looming for prestigious regional awards that recognise excellence in the boardroom

Time is running out for Bristol directors to enter the region’s top awards scheme championing its outstanding boardroom talent. The deadline for the annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards is September 13. Nominations are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they...

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Burges Salmon helps Investec put together anaerobic digestion finance deal worth up to £90m

September 2, 2021
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Burges Salmon helps Investec put together anaerobic digestion finance deal worth up to £90m

The energy and infrastructure finance team Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has advised banking group Investec on a deal that could lead to growth in the use of anaerobic digestion in the UK. The anaerobic digestion (AD) sector is already playing a significant role in the wider decarbonisation...

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Curtain up on bigger community programme to be staged by The Hippodrome and National Friendly

September 2, 2021
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Curtain up on bigger community programme to be staged by The Hippodrome and National Friendly

Pictured, from left: Steve Jones and Ben Phillips from The Bristol Hippodrome, Kurtis Reece from National Friendly and Adrian Brown from Southmead Hospital Charity Bristol-based specialist insurer National Friendly and The Bristol Hippodrome have announced a substantial enlargement of their community support programme along with new ambitious plans to raise...

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Battery recycling project launched by Bristol firm to meet demand from huge growth in eScooters

August 27, 2021
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Battery recycling project launched by Bristol firm to meet demand from huge growth in eScooters

The UK’s first recycling scheme for the batteries that are powering the ever-growing number of eScooters and electric bikes on the roads has been set up by a Bristol firm. Eco Recover is a new division of EcoMove, which opened a flagship store in Bristol last summer to sell...

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Pace of growth in Bristol’s co-working sector picks up again as two hubs open their doors

August 27, 2021
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Pace of growth in Bristol’s co-working sector picks up again as two hubs open their doors

The trend for co-working space in Bristol, which was booming just before the pandemic hit, has picked up again with the opening of a new centre for organisations committed to social change and the relaunch of one of the city’s original hubs. Streamline in Bristol’s Paintworks creative quarter on...

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Energy efficiency funding offered to community buildings by renewables investment firm

August 27, 2021
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Energy efficiency funding offered to community buildings by renewables investment firm

Bristol-based renewable energy investment company Thrive is offering grants to community groups to help them make their buildings energy efficient. As part of its national £30,000 Community Benefit Programme, which Thrive launched in 2015, buildings such as village halls and community centres can use up to £4,000 to cover...

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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

August 25, 2021
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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

Directors in Bristol are being invited to enter the top regional awards scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards seek to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sectors.  Award nominations are open to anyone working at director...

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Online event hosted by Smith & Williamson will tackle issues affecting the charity sector

August 24, 2021
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Online event hosted by Smith & Williamson will tackle issues affecting the charity sector

The charity sector will come under the spotlight at an online conference next month staged by Smith & Williamson, part of wealth management and professional services firm Tilney Smith & Williamson. The Zoom event on Thursday September 30 will examine the findings of the firm’s recently launched charity survey, with an expert panel debating some of the...

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Our City 2030 – a vision to transform the lives of young people in inner-city Bristol

August 20, 2021
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Our City 2030 – a vision to transform the lives of young people in inner-city Bristol

A “bold and positive” vision with a target of helping at least one person from each inner-city Bristol household secure a job paying the median salary of £30,353 by 2030 has been launched by youth empowerment group Babbasa and the council’s City Office. Businesses across the city are being urged to...

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Osborne Clarke makes health and wellbeing of its people priority in post-Covid office relocation

August 20, 2021
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Osborne Clarke makes health and wellbeing of its people priority in post-Covid office relocation

International legal practice Osborne Clarke has said it will design its new showpiece Bristol office around the health and wellbeing of its people as it prepares to become the first major employer in the city to relocate in the post-Covid era. The firm, which employs 650 people in its...

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