Green/sustainable business

Powerful profit rise at Good Energy as customers warm to renewable generation

April 10, 2014
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Powerful profit rise at Good Energy as customers warm to renewable generation

Annual pre-tax profits have more than doubled to £3.3m at Good Energy, the fast-growing renewable energy group, as more consumers turn away from the major utility firms. The Chippenham-based firm, which plans to own more than 110 megawatts of renewable electricity generation by 2016, had a gross margin of 34% in the year to...

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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

April 7, 2014
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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

West businesses will hear how to unlock their potential by looking east for trade opportunities at an event in the region later this week. The UK Asia Business Council (UKABC) brings its regional roadshow to Bristol on Friday, giving an oversight of South East Asia’s markets and rounding off Export Week. Organised in conjunction...

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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

April 7, 2014
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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

Tickets are still available for The Business Showcase South West 2014, the region’s newest and most-exciting business event, which takes place in tomorrow. The unique showcase at Bristol’s historic Colston Hall celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and sustainability through speeches, discussions, exhibitors and networking opportunities. The powerful line-up of speakers includes...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets.  UK Trade...

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Back our plan to create 25,000 jobs, LEP tells Government as it sets out blueprint for growth

March 31, 2014
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Back our plan to create 25,000 jobs, LEP tells Government as it sets out blueprint for growth

The blueprint for job creation and economic growth in Bath and the West of England was unveiled this morning with a clear message to the Government – come and back our vision for success. The Strategic Economic Plan identifies the city-region’s key growth sectors and sets out 122 ways that growth can be accelerated....

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Top job at the UK’s best university business incubator for Bath Innovation centre boss

March 26, 2014
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Top job at the UK’s best university business incubator for Bath Innovation centre boss

Simon Bond, director of the SETsquared innovation centre at the University of Bath, has been appointed head of the SETsquared network, the UK’s top university business incubator. As innovation director, Simon, pictured, will oversee the way the partnership incubates hi- tech start-ups from its centres at the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and...

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New boss for Send a Cow charity as it announces ambitious target to help 1m more people

March 26, 2014
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New boss for Send a Cow charity as it announces ambitious target to help 1m more people

The Bath-based international development charity Send a Cow has appointed Simon Barnes, former executive vice president of the American Bible Society, as its new chief executive. He takes up his new post as the charity – which was set up by South West dairy farmers – announces ambitious plans to double the number of...

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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

March 23, 2014
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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

Bath firms with expansion potential can apply for growth funding to a £25m pot of Government cash launched this week. The West of England Growth Fund aims to bring about job creation and private sector investment that would otherwise not have happened, or that can be accelerated through public sector grant support. Some £15m...

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BUDGET 2014: Bath business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Bath business reaction

Bath’s manufacturers and tech firms were given help on a number of fronts to build on the recovery in today’s Budget. Business West, the organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce, said the Chancellor had delivered on many items on its wish-list. Executive director James Durie, pictured, who is also a board member of West...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at a critical time in the...

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