Green/sustainable business

Challenger homes firm sees room in the market for a new kind of housebuilder

February 15, 2019
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Challenger homes firm sees room in the market for a new kind of housebuilder

Independent design-led housebuilder Backhouse has sold the first homes at its landmark residential development in Somerset as it looks to shake up the market and create vibrant communities.   Box-based Backhouse was founded in 2016 by former City investment banker Theodore Backhouse and ex-Devonshire Homes MD Steve Russell with a mission to develop aspirational...

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Andrews’ Christmas appeal builds up funds for youth homelessness charity

February 15, 2019
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Andrews’ Christmas appeal builds up funds for youth homelessness charity

Regional estate agent and property group Andrews has given a boost to a youth homelessness charity following a Christmas appeal. Keynsham-based Andrews’ ‘Jolly Good Christmas’ campaign invited any customer booking a valuation or mortgage appointment in December to vote for one of three charities that Andrews already worked with closely.  The firm, known for...

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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent Arnos Vale cemetery heritage site. ...

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Actress to launch national radio appeal for Bath’s pioneering Send A Cow charity

February 7, 2019
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Actress to launch national radio appeal for Bath’s pioneering Send A Cow charity

Bath-based international development charity Send a Cow is to receive a boost from actress Jane Horrocks, who is to present a national radio appeal on its behalf. The Lancashire-born star, best known for her roles as Bubble in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, is a long-standing supporter of the charity, which works with families...

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Next generation of automotive engineers to be trained at world-leading University of Bath centre

February 5, 2019
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Next generation of automotive engineers to be trained at world-leading University of Bath centre

The University of Bath’s reputation as a world-class centre for automotive industry research has moved up another gear after it was awarded major funding to establish a new senior academic training hub. The Doctoral Training Centre (CDT) in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems has received £5m funding from the government’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research...

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Rapid Bath-Bristol transport link plan to be studied as congestion takes toll on businesses

February 1, 2019
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Rapid Bath-Bristol transport link plan to be studied as congestion takes toll on businesses

Far-reaching plans to link Bath with Bristol using a ‘high-frequency mass transit’ scheme are being drawn up to help ease the economic impact of traffic congestion on businesses across the West of England. The ambitious scheme, likely to be more than a decade away even if it gets the green light, would tie in...

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LEP vows to use search for new board members to address its gender imbalance

January 31, 2019
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LEP vows to use search for new board members to address its gender imbalance

The organisation tasked with helping shape the economic future of the West of England is hoping to attract more businesswomen to join its board to go some way to address its major gender imbalance. Out of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) 18 board members, just two are women. Now, as the...

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Come on you greens! Good Energy teams up with Chippenham Town FC for sustainable power result

January 31, 2019
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Come on you greens! Good Energy teams up with Chippenham Town FC for sustainable power result

Green energy group Good Energy has signed a deal with its hometown football club Chippenham Town to enable it to switch to 100% renewable power. Under the contract, the National League South club – nicknamed The Bluebirds – will have its 3,000-capacity Hardenhuish Park stadium powered for 33 months from sustainable sources. It is the...

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Capacity boost on way for cheese maker’s production site as it looks to build on strong export growth

January 31, 2019
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Capacity boost on way for cheese maker’s production site as it looks to build on strong export growth

Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and exporter, is to double capacity at its Somerset production site after gaining planning permission. The firm, which has been making its award-winning cheddar to a secret family recipe for more than 150 years, has grown to become one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in...

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Coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards launched with two new categories

January 31, 2019
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Coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards launched with two new categories

Business leaders in Bath are being encouraged to enter one of the region’s top award schemes for recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2019 champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region. Over recent years the prestigious...

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