Green/sustainable business

Curo’s affordable, low-carbon homes scheme championed by Bristol’s mayor

September 16, 2020
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Curo’s affordable, low-carbon homes scheme championed by Bristol’s mayor

Bath-based housing association Curo has been praised by the Mayor of Bristol for “putting residents and the environment first” in its new affordable homes scheme in the city. Curo has struck a deal with Bristol specialist social housing developer Autograph Partnerships to provide 32 affordable homes in the Old Market district, close to the...

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Fund launched to help innovative Bath firms bring their ideas to life

September 11, 2020
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Fund launched to help innovative Bath firms bring their ideas to life

Bath businesses looking to get cutting-edge ideas off the drawing board and into reality can apply for funding under a new scheme. The Business Innovation Fund – a three-year programme managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) – will provide funding of either £20,000 or £50,000 for projects in a range of...

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Bath’s bus boss to retire, 46 years after joining industry he is passionate about as a conductor

September 9, 2020
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Bath’s bus boss to retire, 46 years after joining industry he is passionate about as a conductor

First West of England managing director James Freeman, whose 46-year career on the buses has taken him from conductor to leading an organisation with 1,800 people and 600 vehicles, has announced he is to retire next May. James, pictured, a self-confessed bus enthusiast who often spends his holidays travelling on them, has overseen a major...

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Bath homeless charity Julian House appoints Dr Phil Hammond as patron

September 2, 2020
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Bath homeless charity Julian House appoints Dr Phil Hammond as patron

Doctor, broadcaster and comedian Phil Hammond has been appointed by Julian House, Bath’s main homeless charity, as its new patron.  Dr Hammond, pictured, who works in a highly regarded NHS team for young people with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, is also a regular guest on of TV shows including The One Show, Have I Got...

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Gloomy West firms start to axe jobs as they count cost of coronavirus on profits

August 21, 2020
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Gloomy West firms start to axe jobs as they count cost of coronavirus on profits

The coronavirus pandemic has hit profits at more than 60% of firms in the West of England – with nearly one-in-seven fearing they will never return to pre-Covid levels of activity, according to the largest business survey in the region. Just under a quarter of firms have, or plan to, axe jobs with a...

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Three more speakers with very different stories lined up for TEDxBath 2020

August 20, 2020
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TEDxBath has announced three more speakers for its 2020 event in October, which it promises will be its biggest yet. Organisers said the speakers would bring new and exciting idea to the stage with “incredible personal stories and audacious visions for today’s societies”.  TEDxBath 2020 takes place at The Forum on October 10 –...

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Sustainable stamp of approval for wooden furniture firm with a passion for its craft

August 20, 2020
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Sustainable stamp of approval for wooden furniture firm with a passion for its craft

A wooden furniture business founded by two friends with a shared passion for their craft has received external validation of its sustainability status in a timber industry certification scheme. Forest to Home gained the accreditation through the Grown in Britain (GIB) Chain of Custody Certification programme, which provides validation of the origin of timber...

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Pioneering ultra-low energy homes to open in Bath as part of Curo pilot scheme

August 14, 2020
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Pioneering ultra-low energy homes to open in Bath as part of Curo pilot scheme

Bath’s first ultra-energy efficient homes are on course to be opened next month by city-based housing association and housebuilder Curo. Curo is building the four Passivhaus-certified houses, pictured, at its 700-home Mulberry Park development on the former Foxhill MoD site on the outskirts of Bath.  The three-bedroom homes, which form part of a pilot scheme, will be...

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Bentley teams up with University of Bath automotive experts in drive to develop luxury electric car

August 7, 2020
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Bentley teams up with University of Bath automotive experts in drive to develop luxury electric car

Researchers at the University of Bath are to work with engineers from luxury carmaker Bentley Motors on a three-year study that promises to transform electric vehicles. The project, which will be among the first to be undertaken in the university’s new £70m state-of-art automotive research centre scheduled to open next year, aims to develop...

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1pm keeps tyre recycling firm on the road with £100k business interruption loan

July 30, 2020
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1pm keeps tyre recycling firm on the road with £100k business interruption loan

1pm, the Bath-based specialist small business lender, has stepped in to support a tyre recycling firm  with a £100,000 facility under the government-backed coronavirus loan initiative. The financial support for AC Tyres, which offers sustainable tyre disposal services across the UK, is the latest loan arranged by 1pm under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan...

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