Green/sustainable business

Good Energy profits dip after higher winter temperatures push down usage

March 17, 2015
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Good Energy profits dip after higher winter temperatures push down usage

Warm weather last year pushed down profits by 33% to £2.2m at Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewal energy supplier, as customers delayed switching on their heating. But the firm, which now operates two solar farms, continued to recruit new customers – with 34% growth during the year. Revenues for the 12 months to December...

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Next week: Is Bath a living museum or a modern, dynamic and creative business centre?

March 13, 2015
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Next week: Is Bath a living museum or a modern, dynamic and creative business centre?

Bath Business News will report on the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) hustings with the city’s six prospective Parliamentary candidates in May’s General Election. Steve Bradley (Lib Dem), Ben Howlett (Conservative), Ollie Middleton (Labour), Dominic Tristram (Green), Julian Deverell (UKIP) and Loraine Brinkhurst-Morgan MBE  (Independent) shared their visions and plans for Bath as a business...

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Hub will offer Bath’s entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

March 13, 2015
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Hub will offer Bath’s entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

Entrepreneurs from the Bath area are being invited to apply for a place on a free accelerator programme offering support, mentoring, networking and office accommodation. Entrepreneurial Spark, which is backed by NatWest, will open the hub for start-up businesses from all sectors in Bristol this summer. Applications are now open. Up to 80 fledgling...

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From the West to Westminster. Map charting Bath’s innovation and potential presented to Government

March 13, 2015
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From the West to Westminster. Map charting Bath’s innovation and potential presented to Government

Bath and the West of England’s strength in innovation and its high quality of life have been put on the map in Westminster at a high-powered gathering of MPs and key Government figures aimed at challenging the so-called Northern Powerhouse. A giant map charting some of the area’s success stories and future opportunities was...

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Four Bath firms contracted to lead work on Abbey’s innovative £19.3m restoration project

March 13, 2015
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Four Bath firms contracted to lead work on Abbey’s innovative £19.3m restoration project

Bath Abbey has chosen four Bath-based companies to lead the design-and-build work for its £19.3m Footprint restoration project. Following a rigorous four-month tender process, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has been reappointed as the lead consultant and architect for Footprint, while Buro Happold and Mann Williams have been retained as MEP (mechanical, electrical, and...

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End of 15-year Bristol Harbourside regeneration celebrated by Bath architects Grant Associates

March 13, 2015
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End of 15-year Bristol Harbourside regeneration celebrated by Bath architects Grant Associates

Bath landscape architecture firm Grant Associates has completed the final phase of public realm landscape design for Bristol’s award-winning Harbourside development. The £120m, mixed-use development has regenerated the heart of Bristol's historic waterfront. Sustainable landscape design has played a key role in the overall scheme. Working closely with London masterplan architects Cullinan Studio and...

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Fairtrade accolade for Bath ethical firm Kerala Crafts

March 13, 2015
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Fairtrade accolade for Bath ethical firm Kerala Crafts

Eco-friendly knickers and PJ bottoms have helped Bath-based ethical charity Kerala Crafts become a winner at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2015. The firm, established in 2001, shared top spot in the hard-fought Best Fairtrade Retailer – Multiple Products category in the awards with Bristol retailer The Better Food Company. Now in their...

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Permanent home will give Genesis Trust space to develop training, creative and retail hub for clients

March 11, 2015
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Permanent home will give Genesis Trust space to develop training, creative and retail hub for clients

The Genesis Trust, the Bath charity supporting vulnerable people to overcome poverty and hardship, is to transform a building in Walcot Street into a sophisticated upcycled furniture shop, training centre and offices. They charity is being supporting by Bath & North East Somerset Council, which is securing a community asset transfer of the building...

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Bath Riverside scheme “once in a generation opportunity” to put city on world stage for creative sector

March 9, 2015
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Bath’s new Riverside Enterprise Area will give it the chance to become the world’s best small city, with an internationally-renowned creative sector attracting talented people. The ambition, unveiled to the city’s business leaders last week in a new ‘vision for Bath’, will build on its Roman and Georgian heritage to create a 21st century...

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Map unveiled charting strengths of West of England in innovation and knowledge-based sectors

March 9, 2015
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Map unveiled charting strengths of West of England in innovation and knowledge-based sectors

The West of England’s strength in innovation and its high quality of life is being showcased in Westminster this afternoon with a giant map being unveiled to MPs, Lords and and other key government figures. Compiled by the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the map and accompanying policy document champions the area’s success stories...

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