Green/sustainable business

Red is the colour for Mulberry as UK retail meltdown counters stronger global sales

November 13, 2019
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Red is the colour for Mulberry as UK retail meltdown counters stronger global sales

The tough UK retail market has again pushed Somerset-based luxury fashion brand Mulberry, best known for its designer bags, into the red. But the firm, which has its global headquarters and a factory at Chilcompton, said it expects to be profitable again next year as ongoing investment in its international operations pay off.  Mulberry...

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More staying visitors boost Bath’s economy – but day-tripper spending remains flat

November 4, 2019
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More staying visitors boost Bath’s economy – but day-tripper spending remains flat

The value of tourism to Bath and North East Somerset’s economy has increased to almost half a billion pounds over the past two years, according to new figures. But while efforts to attract more staying visitors – rather than day trippers – appear to be paying off, one in four tourists to the area...

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Quarry deal to protect natural habitat while triggering more growth for waste group

November 4, 2019
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Quarry deal to protect natural habitat while triggering more growth for waste group

Civil engineering, plant, transport and waste group MJ Church has completed the acquisition of an historic quarry in a deal handled by Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King. Ownership of Wick Quarry in South Gloucestershire will enable Marshfield-headquartered MJ Church to take on a large conservation area that includes a nature reserve and wetlands...

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Wet wipe manufacturers urged to come clean over on-packet warnings about flushing

November 1, 2019
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Wet wipe manufacturers urged to come clean over on-packet warnings about flushing

Bath-headquartered utility Wessex Water has welcomed a decision by wet wipe manufacturers Kimberly-Clark to seek official ‘Fine to Flush’ approval for its products. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) last month banned a website advert for Andrex ‘flushable washlets’, which do not meet the UK water industry’s recognised standard.  Kimberly-Clark has now pledged to adopt...

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Time running out for firms to benefit from Green Business Grants

October 10, 2019
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Time running out for firms to benefit from Green Business Grants

The deadline is looming for Bath’s small and medium-sized businesses to apply for grants to help them improve their energy efficiency by reducing bills and protect against future price rises. A £1m fund has been set up by the West of England Combined Authority through which businesses across the region can apply for a...

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Bags of enthusiasm from Bath firms for Stone King’s litter pick

September 30, 2019
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Bags of enthusiasm from Bath firms for Stone King’s litter pick

More than 40 volunteers from Bath businesses turned out to support a litter pick organised by law firm Stone King to clean up part of the city. They helped clear rubbish from a stretch of the River Avon along with some surrounding streets, including the Lower Bristol Road, parts of Widcombe and Oldfield Park....

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First director takes up post as new Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation beds in

September 26, 2019
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First director takes up post as new Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation beds in

Fledgling charity Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation (BBPF) has appointed its first director along with 11 trustees as it begins to gather the views of residents of the two cities on what they want from their local parks. In her new role as director Charlee Bennett will spearhead BBPF’s next stages of development. She...

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TEDxBath speakers to look to the future by making sense of the past

September 20, 2019
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TEDxBath speakers to look to the future by making sense of the past

Echoes of the past and visions of the future will collide at TEDxBath tomorrow, organisers have promised, through a series of discussions in sectors including engineering, community and science and tech. Taking the theme of ‘Echoes of the City’, the event returns for a second year by showcasing a range of individual perspectives, stories and knowledge from...

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Bath Chamber of Commerce signs global pact to ‘take bold action’ over climate change

September 20, 2019
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Bath Chamber of Commerce signs global pact to ‘take bold action’ over climate change

The organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with more than 450 chambers across the world to sign up to an international agreement to tackle climate change. Business West, which also runs the Bath & North East Somerset Initiative, said its commitment to the International Chambers of Commerce Chambers Climate Coalition showed...

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Renewable electricity deal major step on journey towards carbon neutral status, says Bristol Airport

September 13, 2019
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Renewable electricity deal major step on journey towards carbon neutral status, says Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has switched to a 100% renewable electricity supply in what it described as “a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint”. Under the three-year agreement with Danish global renewable energy supplier Ørsted, the airport’s annual electricity use of 17m kWh will be powered entirely by renewable sources. Electricity is the largest contributor to...

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