Green/sustainable business

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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Top ESG accreditation recognises Milsted Langdon’s commitment to responsible business

January 4, 2024
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Top ESG accreditation recognises Milsted Langdon’s commitment to responsible business

Regional accountancy, tax and business advisory firm Milsted Langdon has received a prestigious accreditation for its commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. The firm, which has an office in Bristol, said the recognition by ESGmark, an organisation that promotes and rewards responsible business, was testament to its...

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Short move for Barcan+Kirby as it relocates city centre office to nearby refurbished building

December 15, 2023
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Short move for Barcan+Kirby as it relocates city centre office to nearby refurbished building

Bristol law firm Barcan+Kirby has relocated its central Bristol base from Queen Square to a refurbished office building a stone’s throw away in Prince Street. The firm, which was formed in 2015 after a series of mergers between a number of smaller law firms, is leasing a 3,599 sq...

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Bristol Airport lands independent backing from global group for its journey towards net zero by 2030

December 15, 2023
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Bristol Airport lands independent backing from global group for its journey towards net zero by 2030

Bristol Airport has become the first in the UK outside London to achieve a major independent industry accreditation in recognition of its efforts to become net zero in less than seven years’ time. The airport has gained a ‘Level 4+ Transition’ level in the international carbon accreditation scheme run by...

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Pioneering Bristol playground firm comes of age by staying true to its natural roots

December 15, 2023
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Pioneering Bristol playground firm comes of age by staying true to its natural roots

The Bristol firm behind ‘purposeful playgrounds’ that have transformed schools, parks and leisure environments across the UK and beyond has celebrated its 21st anniversary. Since its launch in 2002, TouchWood Play has gone from strength to strength, designing and building play areas for customers across the UK and in...

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