Green/sustainable business

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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Corporate sponsors sought for former Bath Rugby stars’ Nepalese spinal injury centre appeal

May 3, 2019
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Corporate sponsors sought for former Bath Rugby stars’ Nepalese spinal injury centre appeal

Former Bath Rugby players Ed Jackson and Olly Barkley are inviting the city’s firms to support a not-for-profit organisation Ed has set up following a severe spinal injury that left him paralysed from the neck down and unlikely to ever walk again. Ed sustained the injury in 2017 while diving into a friend’s swimming...

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Bath Building Society looking to fund local community groups through its annual charity awards

May 2, 2019
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Bath Building Society looking to fund local community groups through its annual charity awards

Charities and community groups from across Bath are being urged to apply to Bath Building Society for funding and support under its annual charity awards. Eight charities and community groups will share £6,500 under the scheme while a further three will receive a pair of Bath Building Society hot air balloon tickets – which...

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Mowbray Woodwards raises £3,500 for charity working on ‘the other side Bath’

May 2, 2019
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Mowbray Woodwards raises £3,500 for charity working on ‘the other side Bath’

Bath charity Southside has praised city law firm Mowbray Woodwards for its support over the past 18 months, during which it has raised £3,500 to help it continue its work. Southside supports families dealing with a range of problems such as domestic abuse, mental health difficulties, financial and housing issues. By providing on-going support...

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Microsoft program boost for Priority IT’s charity computer refurb scheme

May 2, 2019
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Microsoft program boost for Priority IT’s charity computer refurb scheme

IT firm Priority IT’s computer recycling scheme has been accepted onto the Microsoft Refurbisher Program in a move that should swell a charity’s coffers. Priority IT refurbishes redundant and unwanted laptops and computers which are then passed on to new owners in exchange for a donation to Wiltshire charity Alzheimer’s Support.  Now the Westbury-based...

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