Green/sustainable business

Heritage Open Days to give rare glimpse into some of Bath’s hidden places

August 27, 2021
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Heritage Open Days to give rare glimpse into some of Bath’s hidden places

A rare chance to explore an example of Bath’s industrial heritage – along with its better-known Roman and Georgian history – will come next month when venues around the city take part in this year’s Heritage Open Days. Saltford Brass Mill, the only remaining example of the 18th and 19th-century brass industry on the...

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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

August 25, 2021
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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

Directors in the Bath area are being invited to enter the top regional awards scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards seek to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sectors.  Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level...

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Online event hosted by Smith & Williamson will tackle issues affecting the charity sector

August 24, 2021
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Online event hosted by Smith & Williamson will tackle issues affecting the charity sector

The charity sector will come under the spotlight at an online conference next month staged by Smith & Williamson, part of wealth management and professional services firm Tilney Smith & Williamson. The Zoom event on Thursday September 30 will examine the findings of the firm’s recently launched charity survey, with an expert panel debating some of the most interesting and controversial findings. ...

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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

August 20, 2021
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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

The takeover battle between renewable power providers Good Energy and Ecotricity became a war of words this week as the arch-rivals became locked in heated exchanges over the merits of the move. Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy has repeatedly rejected Ecotricity’s advances – the latest valuing it at £59.6m.  But yesterday Good Energy chair Will Whitehorn...

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Chance to influence council’s new transport policy as it aims to drive most petrol and diesel cars off road

August 20, 2021
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Chance to influence council’s new transport policy as it aims to drive most petrol and diesel cars off road

New proposals to help cut car use and reduce its environmental and health impacts in Bath and North East Somerset, including encouraging more walking and cycling, are to go out to consultation. Bath & North East Somerset Council has taken the upcoming update of the Local Plan – the blueprint for the area’s future...

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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

August 18, 2021
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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

The government’s long-awaited strategy for the UK’s burgeoning hydrogen sector – which it says could create thousands of sustainable jobs and unlock billions of pounds of investment – has been welcomed by the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, believes the West of England can be a powerhouse...

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Free event aims to help Bath’s small firms understand the sustainability agenda

August 18, 2021
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Free event aims to help Bath’s small firms understand the sustainability agenda

Bath small business owners uncertain about why sustainability, net zero and climate change are relevant to their day-to-day operations are being invited to a special event next month. Staged by Britain’s biggest business representation group, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), ‘What is net zero and why is it important to my SME business?’...

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Storm of protest as pharma firm Vectura’s directors back £1bn bid from makers of Marlboro cigarettes

August 13, 2021
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Storm of protest as pharma firm Vectura’s directors back £1bn bid from makers of Marlboro cigarettes

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has been urged to block the £1bn takeover of specialist inhaler firm Vectura by tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI). Directors at Vectura, which has its roots in a spin-out from the University of Bath, last night recommended the Marlboro cigarette maker’s offer, unleashing a storm of protest from dozens of...

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Bristol Airport and easyJet launch partnership to trial pioneering ways of making flying greener

August 13, 2021
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Bristol Airport and easyJet launch partnership to trial pioneering ways of making flying greener

Low-cost airline easyJet has teamed up with Bristol Airport to use it as a test-bed to trial ways of decarbonising its operations and reduce waste. The airline, the airport’s largest operator accounting for about half of all its flights, said the partnership would involve a series of trials using the latest cutting-edge technology and...

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Council vows to give more vacant shops new lease of life as retail meltdown hits city centre

August 13, 2021
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Council vows to give more vacant shops new lease of life as retail meltdown hits city centre

More empty shops are being repurposed as part of a project to breathe new life into Bath city centre as the retail sector continues to grapple with the twin impacts of the pandemic and the rise of online shopping. Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Vacant Units Action Project finds new uses for void...

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