Green/sustainable business

Pioneering low-cost washing machines bound for Iraqi refugee camps, thanks to Business West

September 10, 2021
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Pioneering low-cost washing machines bound for Iraqi refugee camps, thanks to Business West

Regional business support organisation Business West has helped innovative hand-cranked washing machines developed by a former University of Bath student reach refugee camps in Iraq. The Washing Machine Project was founded in 2018 by Nav Sawhney after he volunteered in India and saw his neighbour struggling to handwash her clothes.  Business West, the organisation...

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Plans submitted for long-hoped-for redevelopment of former town centre industrial site

September 9, 2021
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Plans submitted for long-hoped-for redevelopment of former town centre industrial site

A mix of new homes, commercial workspaces and independent food and drink outlets are promised under long-awaited plans for a major town centre redevelopment site. The Innox Mills scheme will bring a vibrant new quarter to Trowbridge town centre, according to developers of the 10-acre brownfield site.  Once home to cloth mills and a...

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

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

Bath 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 passing on their unused levy...

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Bath’s clean air zone forces owners of more than 1,000 polluting vehicles to make them greener

September 3, 2021
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Bath’s clean air zone forces owners of more than 1,000 polluting vehicles to make them greener

Bath’s air quality is improving as polluting taxis, vans, buses and larger commercial vehicles are upgraded to drive in the city’s pioneering clean air zone, according to the first analysis of its impact since being introduced in March. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels have dropped by more than 12% compared with the same quarter in...

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Ecotricity offer for rival Good Energy lacking power as owners of just 1.8% shares give their backing

September 3, 2021
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Ecotricity offer for rival Good Energy lacking power as owners of just 1.8% shares give their backing

Green power supplier Good Energy looks to have repelled the latest takeover approach from arch-rival Ecotricity after it emerged that holders of just 1.8% of its shares have accepted the offer. Ecotricity already had 4,169,948 shares in Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy -  equivalent to a 25.1% stake – before pouncing for a fourth time in...

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Council could harness its £200m buying power to help tackle climate change and cut its carbon footprint

September 3, 2021
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Council could harness its £200m buying power to help tackle climate change and cut its carbon footprint

A fundamental review of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s buying practices – including using more local suppliers to further reduce its carbon footprint – is being considered as part of the council’s commitment to tackle the climate emergency. The council, which spends more than £200m each year commissioning goods and services, wants to...

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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 Bath area 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 do not have to...

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Showpiece office building powers ahead with city’s largest solar panel scheme

September 3, 2021
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Showpiece office building powers ahead with city’s largest solar panel scheme

Bath’s biggest array of solar panels is now in place on the new flagship office development at the city’s Quays South regeneration area. Some 224 PV panels have been installed on the roof of the No1 Bath Quays building. Covering an area half the size of a five-a-side football pitch, they will provide it...

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‘Game-changing’ pollution mask for city cyclists and runners launched by former Bath Uni students

August 27, 2021
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‘Game-changing’ pollution mask for city cyclists and runners launched by former Bath Uni students

Three former University of Bath students have achieved their dream of getting their pollution mask for commuters, cyclists and runners in cities onto the market. Best friends Harry Young, Alex Smith, and Elliot Denvir, pictured, who met while studying Economics, were determined to design and manufacture a mask in the UK that combined personality...

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Bath firms’ expertise called on to help deliver the UK’s first truly green logistics park

August 27, 2021
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Bath firms’ expertise called on to help deliver the UK’s first truly green logistics park

Two Bath consultancies are helping create a ‘green vision’ for one of Europe’s largest distribution parks with a clear focus on biodiversity and ecology. International landscape design practice Grant Associates and environmental consultants Nicholas Pearson Associates are involved in the landscape design of the expanded 550-acre Magna Park in Leicestershire site, which will also feature...

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