Green/sustainable business

Bath’s taste for ethical food tempts upmarket furniture group to launch cafe concept in city

May 17, 2019
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Bath’s taste for ethical food tempts upmarket furniture group to launch cafe concept in city

Interiors brand Neptune today threw open the doors of its first instore café having chosen Bath as the launchpad based on its reputation as a “city of foodies”. The Provenist forms part of Neptune’s Walcot Street showroom in what was originally the city’s tramshed.  The café, which flies the flag for local food producers,...

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Business backers – and inspirational speakers – sought for this year’s TEDxBath

May 17, 2019
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Business backers – and inspirational speakers – sought for this year’s TEDxBath

The organisers of TEDxBath are seeking inspirational speakers for this year’s event to explore its chosen theme of Echoes of the City from “unusual, exciting and provocative perspectives”. They are also looking to sign up sponsors from among the city’s business community. TEDx, which brings the spirit of TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) to...

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Bath businesses helping to build better communities with pledges for this summer’s volunteering scheme

May 17, 2019
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Bath businesses helping to build better communities with pledges for this summer’s volunteering scheme

Businesses across Bath and North East Somerset have signed up to take part in the area’s annual summer volunteering scheme. Employees have pledged to devote time to help out in the community with a wide range of activities ranging from painting, gardening and reading to packing water survival boxes.  The annual community challenges are...

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Curo boss’s 1,000-mile cross-country bike ride to pull in funds for RUH children’s ward

May 16, 2019
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Curo boss’s 1,000-mile cross-country bike ride to pull in funds for RUH children’s ward

Gerraint Oakley, managing director of Bath-based housing firm Curo’s housebuilding business, is cycling around 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in a bid to raise £5,000 for the Royal United Hospital (RUH) children’s ward. The iconic ‘end-to-end’ journey will take nine days, with Gerraint setting off from John O’Groats on Friday July...

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New chair appointed to The Prince’s Trust regional development committee

May 14, 2019
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New chair appointed to The Prince’s Trust regional development committee

The Prince’s Trust has appointed Andrew Billingham as chair of its South West Development Committee (SWDC). Andrew, who is managing director of YTL Arena Bristol, has been SWDC vice-chair for four years. He will take over from Mike Beesley, the CEO of Bristol-based recruitment group RSG who set up the SWDC in 2015.  The...

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Innovative ‘later living’ housing concept to be launched in Bath after L&G buys Homebase site

May 13, 2019
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Innovative ‘later living’ housing concept to be launched in Bath after L&G buys Homebase site

Finance giant Legal & General is to launch a pioneering retirement village concept in Bath in a move it says will go some way to easing the city’s housing crisis linked to its ageing population. L&G has bought the 4.5-hectare former Homebase site off Pines Way from owner British Land in a £13.5m deal...

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Bath ecological consultancy on track for growth following takeover by larger group

May 13, 2019
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Bath ecological consultancy on track for growth following takeover by larger group

Bath-based ecological consultancy Biocensus, which supplies experts for major infrastructure projects such as new railway lines, has been acquired by a fast-growing environmental and engineering consultancy in what it described as a “game-changing” move for the fast-growing sector. The takeover by RSK Group means Biocensus, which supplies experts in subjects such as protected species...

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Top workplace award for Pukka Herbs’ ‘relaxing and playful’ head office

May 13, 2019
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Top workplace award for Pukka Herbs’ ‘relaxing and playful’ head office

Ethical tea firm Pukka Herbs’ Keynsham head office has been named as one of the best workplaces in the South of England. Judges for the annual British Council for Offices' (BCO) regional awards described Herb House – part of the former Cadbury’s chocolate factory development at Somerdale – as having “restorative, relaxing and playful...

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Bath Youth Hostel stays ahead of the market following record £2.55m upgrade

May 13, 2019
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Bath Youth Hostel stays ahead of the market following record £2.55m upgrade

The future of Bath Youth Hostel has been secured for the next generation of visitors to the city through a £2.55m investment – the largest ever in the South West by leading youth charity YHA (England and Wales). The funding has transformed the main Youth Hostel building – a Grade II-listed Italian-style mansion Bathwick...

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Lib Dems promise action on transport and the environment after snatching B&NES from Tories

May 3, 2019
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Lib Dems promise action on transport and the environment after snatching B&NES from Tories

The Liberal Democrats have gained control of Bath & North East Somerset Council following yesterday’s local elections, ousting the Conservatives as its largest party and potentially triggering major changes in policy on transport, housing, the environment and the economy. The Lib Dems gained 20 seats, overturning the Conservatives’ seven-strong majority. The political make-up of...

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