Green/sustainable business

Project to get hydrogen-fuelled planes off the ground backed by Bath Uni’s car research centre

December 9, 2022
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Project to get hydrogen-fuelled planes off the ground backed by Bath Uni’s car research centre

The University of Bath’s car-of-the-future research centre is driving ahead with a pioneering project that could help put zero-emission hydrogen-powered aircraft into commercial use. The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) has teamed up with aircraft parts manufacturer GKN Aerospace to develop hydrogen technology aimed at decarbonising the aviation industry.  They will work together on GKN Aerospace’s...

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University of Bath expands its enterprise services to encourage more student innovation

December 9, 2022
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University of Bath expands its enterprise services to encourage more student innovation

A new innovation and enterprise space has opened on the University of Bath’s campus to provide a space for student entrepreneurs, researchers and graduate start-ups to develop and share ideas for products and services. The E-Lab, pictured, which also offers access to support and mentoring, is a significant expansion of the university’s enterprise services,...

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Good Energy powers into fast-growing heat pump market by snapping up installation firm

December 7, 2022
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Good Energy powers into fast-growing heat pump market by snapping up installation firm

Heat pump installation firm Igloo has been snapped up by 100% renewable electricity provider Good Energy as it continues to look for growth opportunities in other green energy markets. The Chippenham-headquartered group, which also part owns electric vehicle charge point mapping app Zap-Map, is paying £1.75m for Igloo.  It said the takeover “represented a...

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Report reveals Bath Uni-backed incubator SETsquared’s £15.7bn economic boost to the UK

December 2, 2022
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Report reveals Bath Uni-backed incubator SETsquared’s £15.7bn economic boost to the UK

The globally acclaimed University of Bath-supported business incubator SETsquared has bolstered the UK economy by £15.7bn since its launch 20 years ago, according to an independent report. SETsquared was set up in 2002 by a small group of research-intensive universities in the South of England, including Bath, with a mission is to help turn...

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Surprise bounce back in confidence for region’s firms last month despite mounting economic gloom

December 1, 2022
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Surprise bounce back in confidence for region’s firms last month despite mounting economic gloom

Confidence levels among South West firms about their prospects and those of the UK economy have unexpectedly increased, according to a new survey – although optimism remains far lower than it did just months ago. While confidence fell by four percentage points during October to minus 4%, last month it picked back up to plus 5%...

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From TikTok to teamworking – Bath students gain new skills in Rotork’s Community challenge

November 30, 2022
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From TikTok to teamworking – Bath students gain new skills in Rotork’s Community challenge

Students from the University of Bath’s School of Management are helping local charities and community groups while also developing their managerial, creative and professional skills in a scheme sponsored by city-based global engineering firm Rotork. The Rotork Community Challenge encourages the MSc students to find new ways to help 20 Bath charities and organisations...

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Bath designer behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay hails their iconic status 10 years after opening

November 30, 2022
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Bath designer behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay hails their iconic status 10 years after opening

The founder of a Bath-based landscape architecture practice responsible for the design of Singapore’s world-renowned Gardens by the Bay has revisited it to attend its 10th anniversary celebrations. Grant Associates director Andrew Grant RDI, who led on the design of the iconic project, joined the President of the Republic of Singapore and government ministers...

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Rainforest charity and solar firm team up to help save endangered habitat of ‘Paddington bears’

November 30, 2022
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Rainforest charity and solar firm team up to help save endangered habitat of ‘Paddington bears’

Bath-based charity Rainforest Concern has signed up renewable energy contractor Solarsense as a partner to help it protect rare habitat in the Tropical Andes. For every square metre of rooftop solar panels installed by Clevedon-based Solarsense in the coming year, it will sponsor 10 times the square metreage in the rainforest, which is home...

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Free workforce development support for Bath businesses to prepare for the future

November 29, 2022
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Free workforce development support for Bath businesses to prepare for the future

Firms in the Bath can ensure they are fit for the future by taking advantage of free support on offer under a Workforce for the Future programme. Staged by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, Workforce for the Future provides fully funded, tailored and in-depth support for firms with fewer than 250 employees to...

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Ofgem report criticising way Good Energy deals with vulnerable customers slammed by firm’s boss

November 24, 2022
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Ofgem report criticising way Good Energy deals with vulnerable customers slammed by firm’s boss

The CEO of 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy has hit back at a report by industry regulator Ofgem which claimed it was failing vulnerable customers. Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy was among 17 energy suppliers told by Ofgem to improve their customer service ahead of what will be a costly winter for many consumers.  Its review...

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