Green/sustainable business

Council to stage consultation on plans to extend traffic limits in Kingsmead Square

January 27, 2022
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Council to stage consultation on plans to extend traffic limits in Kingsmead Square

The ban on traffic in Bath’s Kingsmead Square, which has been welcomed by many businesses in the area, could be extended until midnight under a plan being considered by Bath & North East Somerset Council.   It is asking for feedback on a proposal for a trial for up to 18 months of a...

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Good Energy to re-invest £24.5m from wind and solar farm sale in EV mapping and energy platforms

January 21, 2022
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Good Energy to re-invest £24.5m from wind and solar farm sale in EV mapping and energy platforms

Renewable electricity firm Good Energy has completed the disposal of all its wind and solar farms and will use the proceeds to help fund its on-going shift to energy and mobility services. These include building a new platform for small-scale generators and continuing to invest in its subsidiary Zap-Map, UK’s leading EV mapping platform. ...

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Green utility firms’ power struggle reignites as Ecotricity seeks to oust Good Energy chairman

January 14, 2022
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Green utility firms’ power struggle reignites as Ecotricity seeks to oust Good Energy chairman

The war of words between rival green power suppliers Good Energy and Ecotricity has flared up again with Ecotricity trying to sack Good Energy chairman Will Whitehorn from his role as a director. It has filed a motion seeking Mr Whitehorn’s removal along with a resolution directing Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy’s board not to dispose...

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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

January 13, 2022
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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

Nearly three-quarters of tech firm executives in the South West put purpose before profits while just under 80% prioritise relationships over success, according to a new survey. The region also boasts a far higher number of female tech entrepreneurs than the national average – 36% against 22% for the UK as a whole, the...

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Research partnership for firm on a mission to cut deaths from harmful workplace air quality

January 13, 2022
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Research partnership for firm on a mission to cut deaths from harmful workplace air quality

A University of Bath spin-out firm aiming to revolutionise the way indoor air quality is monitored has teamed up the university’s academics on a ground-breaking research project. Atmo Technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the university’s Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering to partner on the work.  The firm, co-founded by former University of Bath mechanical...

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Business West managing director Phil Smith: 2022 will be a year of challenges but also opportunities

January 5, 2022
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Business West managing director Phil Smith: 2022 will be a year of challenges but also opportunities

With the ongoing impact of the pandemic, climate change and Brexit, 2022 will be another tough year for many Bath businesses. Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce and the Bath and North East Somerset Initiative – looks at the needs and challenges for this year? ...

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Low carbon living guide launched as climate crisis impacts on Bath’s heritage buildings

December 16, 2021
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Low carbon living guide launched as climate crisis impacts on Bath’s heritage buildings

Bath Preservation Trust, the organisation that operates four visitor attractions in the city, including No.1 Royal Crescent, has created an online guide to low carbon living for residents of older homes.    From using old blankets and duvets to improve loft and underfloor insulation, to harvesting rainwater for outside cleaning jobs, regularly bleeding radiators...

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Future pledges to protect the planet, make the internet safer and improve diversity in new strategy

December 10, 2021
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Future pledges to protect the planet, make the internet safer and improve diversity in new strategy

Bath-based specialist media group Future has launched a strategy to build a more sustainable future for its “communities and planet”, taking in issues ranging from mentoring disadvantaged young people widening the diversity of its workforce to creating a safe internet and aiming for net zero greenhouse gas emissions.   The firm, whose content reaches...

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Funding for Bath tech firm on a mission to tackle global microplastic pollution crisis

December 9, 2021
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Funding for Bath tech firm on a mission to tackle global microplastic pollution crisis

A Bath firm developing biodegradable alternatives to harmful microplastics, has won a £425,000 grant which could lead to its pioneering technology being produced on an industrial scale.   Naturbeads has received the money from Innovate UK, the government’s innovation body, to explore commercialising the product, which is made from cellulose, a naturally occurring substance...

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Four new South West ambassadors for the IoD as it strengthens its regional team

December 7, 2021
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Four new South West ambassadors for the IoD as it strengthens its regional team

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed four ambassadors for the South West to ensure its members remain at the heart of its operations in the region. The quartet of experienced business leaders – Katherine Piper, Alex Chikhani, Peter Doyle and John Rotherford – will enable greater connectivity between IoD South West’s 1,200 members...

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