Green/sustainable business

Industry expert brings international experience to energy management consultancy

October 8, 2018
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Industry expert brings international experience to energy management consultancy

Specialist energy management firm SMARTech energy has appointed Abhiram Mokasdar as lead energy consultant to support its growth ambitions.   Abhiram, pictured, completed his master’s degree in mechanical engineering in the US and joins Corsham-based SMARTech energy from India-based DRA Consultants, where he was the senior mechanical engineer working within India’s energy and water...

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Research associate joins Bath’s innovative green business hub

September 28, 2018
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Research associate joins Bath’s innovative green business hub

Bath’s pioneering low carbon business acceleration programme has been boosted by the appointment of Dr Jason Camp as a research associate.   Dr Camp, pictured, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, will undertake technical business development and engagement activities at the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration...

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Top enterprise award for firm launched out of frustration with rural broadband

September 28, 2018
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Top enterprise award for firm launched out of frustration with rural broadband

Keynsham-based TrueSpeed Communications, which was started by three investors fed up with poor broadband in their homes, has won the regional stage of a major enterprise award scheme. Having been launched four years ago, TrueSpeed last year received a £75m investment from insurance giant Aviva which enabled it to move offices and hire more...

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Events: Business West skills workshops in Bath

September 25, 2018
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Events: Business West skills workshops in Bath

Business West’s Skills West team is running a series of business skills workshops in Bath throughout autumn covering topics ranging from recruitment and flexible working to apprenticeships for small and medium-sized businesses and developing the workforce. The workshops are free and open to businesses from any sector or industry.  Title: How to find the...

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Andrews builds a brighter future for its charitable trusts with £1m dividend payout

September 23, 2018
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Andrews builds a brighter future for its charitable trusts with £1m dividend payout

Regional estate agent and property group Andrews has made its largest dividend payment to shareholders in 14 years – giving its pioneering charitable trusts a £1m boost. When founder Cecil Jackson Cole set up the Keynsham-headquartered business in 1946 he structured it to share a minimum of 35% of its profits each year with...

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‘Tube map’ helps Bath’s high-growth firms make connections with area’s key organisations

September 17, 2018
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‘Tube map’ helps Bath’s high-growth firms make connections with area’s key organisations

A snapshot of Bath’s start-up and scale-up ecosystem has been produced in an easy-to-use format to show where high-growth businesses can find essential support, information and advice. The innovative Growth Map – illustrated like a London Tube map and thought to be the UK’s first of its kind – has been launched by the...

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Mental health in the workplace takes centre stage at charity concert and business symposium

September 7, 2018
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Mental health in the workplace takes centre stage at charity concert and business symposium

Bath businesses are being urged to support an employers’ symposium to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace followed by a special night of music and entertainment. The Music for the Mind Charity Concert takes place at Cedars Hall, Wells, on Saturday, September 15, when actor, director and singer Anthony Head, pictured,...

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Successful crowdfunding serves up more growth for innovative dog’s dinner firm

September 7, 2018
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Successful crowdfunding serves up more growth for innovative dog’s dinner firm

Pioneering pet food company Poppy’s Picnic is tasting success after securing a 4,000 sq ft manufacturing plant to expand its range.   The firm, which makes raw, nutritional meals for dogs, is making to move to the site in Melksham from its existing base at Bromham, near Chippenham, on the back of an oversubscribed...

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TEDx comes to Bath with pledge to ‘light up the future’ of the city

August 31, 2018
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TEDx comes to Bath with pledge to ‘light up the future’ of the city

Bath is to stage its first TEDx, the globally recognised idea-sharing forum, next month with a wide-ranging line-up of speakers. The half-day event – which has the theme of ‘Light up the Future’ – is being backed by some of the city’s top firms as sponsors.  TEDxs have proved extremely popular in hundreds of...

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Business growth programme crafts new opportunities for ethical furniture firm

August 24, 2018
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Business growth programme crafts new opportunities for ethical furniture firm

A sustainable craft firm that uses ethically-sourced timber to create furniture for major companies such as restaurant chain Nando’s is securing new commissions after taking part in a business growth scheme. From its workshop in Bowden Hill, near the Wiltshire National Trust village of Lacock, Forest to Home handcrafts dining tables and other furniture...

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