Green/sustainable business

Sparks fly between green energy rivals as meeting date is set to resolve power battle

August 14, 2017
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Sparks fly between green energy rivals as meeting date is set to resolve power battle

Renewable energy firm Good Energy today formally called on its shareholders to reject a move by arch-rival Ecotricity to put two directors on its board as it announced the date of special meeting to resolve their increasingly bitter power struggle. Chippenham-based Good Energy’s board used a note to shareholders alerting them of the meeting...

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Bath firms urged to join roll call of UK’s fastest-growing tech firms

August 3, 2017
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Bath firms urged to join roll call of UK’s fastest-growing tech firms

Bath’s best tech businesses are being invited to enter a national awards scheme that celebrates innovation and growth among the sector’s fastest-growing firms. The 2017 Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 Awards showcase the country’s dynamic technology ecosystem and the most exciting hi-tech companies.   Now in their 20th year, the awards rank the UK’s...

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‘Stop dithering and think big’ plea to West bosses as Metro Mayor launches draft economic blueprint

July 31, 2017
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‘Stop dithering and think big’ plea to West bosses as Metro Mayor launches draft economic blueprint

West of England business and local authority leaders have been urged to “stop dithering” and help develop a stronger regional economy that builds on its position as one of the UK’s leading centres for innovation and creativity. The recently formed West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is drawing up a new economic blueprint for...

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Top chef under starter’s orders to cook up exclusive menu for Bath Racecourse’s Ladies Day meeting

July 31, 2017
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Top chef under starter’s orders to cook up exclusive menu for Bath Racecourse’s Ladies Day meeting

Guests at Bath Racecourse’s Ladies Day fixture next month will be able to tuck into an exclusive fine-dining experience, courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton. The chef-patron of the multi-award-winning Pony & Trap in Chew Magna – and numerous other establishments across the South West – has teamed up with racecourse head chef Jonathan...

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Business West blames ‘political uncertainty’ over Brexit as survey reveals shock slump in confidence

July 27, 2017
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Business West blames ‘political uncertainty’ over Brexit as survey reveals shock slump in confidence

Confidence among West of England firms has plummeted to its lowest level since the depths of the recession in 2009, according to the latest survey of its members by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. The number of businesses describing themselves as confident about their future slumped by 22% compared to the same...

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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

July 21, 2017
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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

Bath’s forward-looking employers now have more time to enter a top awards scheme that champions the happiest workplaces in the West following a decision by organisers to extend the deadline for entries. Staged by Bristol-based and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the Happiest Workplace competition recognises firms that go the extra mile to ensure...

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National growth at the double on the menu at Friska as it lands £3m investment

July 18, 2017
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National growth at the double on the menu at Friska as it lands £3m investment

Friska, the ‘feel-good food’ café group started by two University of Bath graduates, is aiming to double its number of outlets and expand in cities across the UK after receiving a £3m investment. The Bristol-based firm, founded Griff Holland and Ed Brown, pictured, who met while studying economics at the University of Bath, now operates...

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Take advantage of post-Brexit trade deals to export, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to tell West firms

July 14, 2017
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Take advantage of post-Brexit trade deals to export, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to tell West firms

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox will today tell West of England businesses that there has never been a better time to start exporting, with the help of his department. Latest government figures show an 11% surge in the value of overseas sales made by businesses from the region, with more than 8,600 firms now...

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Green light for University of Bath-led centre that will help design the cars of the future

July 14, 2017
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Green light for University of Bath-led centre that will help design the cars of the future

The £60m University of Bath-led world-beating automotive research centre, which will help develop the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles, is to go ahead after receiving nearly two-thirds of its funding. The IAAPS – Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems – pictured, will also create an innovative automotive industry cluster in the South West...

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Good Energy sees red over green rival Ecotricity’s power grab

July 13, 2017
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Good Energy sees red over green rival Ecotricity’s power grab

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable energy firm, has become embroiled in a power struggle with arch-rival Ecotricity that has sparked a surge of interest in the green sector. Ecotricity, 100% owned by hippie-turned-entrepreneur Dale Vince, pictured below, has amassed a 25.3% stake in Good Energy over the past year – and now wants Mr...

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