Green/sustainable business

Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and the fuss may seem a...

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Environment Agency awards £9m flood defence contract to Bath software firm IPL

July 11, 2014
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IPL, the Bath-based software and IT services company IPL, has been awarded a £9m framework contract by the Environment Agency to implement a new system to manage the upkeep of its flood and coastal defence assets. The four-year programme, secured with Bristol-based Manhattan Atrium, will enable the Environment Agency to focus more funds on...

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Buildings of the future to be tested at pioneering University of Bath research centre

July 11, 2014
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Buildings of the future to be tested at pioneering University of Bath research centre

The University of Bath is to open an innovative research centre that will play a leading role in developing low carbon construction materials for use in the buildings of the future. The £1m project, called HIVE, will be the first of its kind in the UK. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research...

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Planning practice Nash Partnership lands another award for its Cheltenham regeneration scheme

July 11, 2014
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Bath-based planning and design practice Nash Partnership has landed another award for its major urban regeneration project in Cheltenham. Hot on the heels of it winning a national Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Award, the St Pauls scheme scooped another RTPI accolade – this time for the South West region. The scheme, a consultation-led...

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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

July 7, 2014
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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

Business West, the organisation that runs the Bath Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the allocation of £86.2m of Government investment to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs in the area. But it said the city’s business community still needed to make sure future funding was secured under the Local Growth Deal to secure long-term...

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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

July 7, 2014
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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

The Government has announced funding of £86.2m for the West of England under its Local Growth Deal. This money is for projects to start in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The key projects to benefit will be: Terabit West – £15m A world-first project to ensure that the West is positioned at the forefront of groundbreaking,...

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£86m for West of England economy to create thousands of jobs – but Bath’s Innovation Quay misses out

July 7, 2014
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£86m for West of England economy to create thousands of jobs – but Bath’s Innovation Quay misses out

The Bristol and Bath area is to receive £86.2m of Government funding to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs. The investment, under the Government’s first Local Growth Deal, will go to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to spend on key economy-boosting projects. In the Bath area these will include a...

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Good Energy in running for region’s most powerful business award

July 4, 2014
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Good Energy in running for region’s most powerful business award

Chippenham-based green energy pioneer Good Energy will find out next week if it has joined the ranks of the West of England’s top companies by winning the region’s most-coveted business award. The fast-growing firm is among the six finalists competing for the prestigious title of West of England Business of the Year, sponsored by...

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Council leader praises SETsquared for putting Bath on global innovation map

July 4, 2014
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Council leader praises SETsquared for putting Bath on global innovation map

Innovation hub SETsquared’s ranking as the top university business incubator in Europe and second best in the world has been welcomed by Bath & North East Somerset Council leader Paul Crossley. As reported on Bath Business News last week, the centre achieved international recognition in the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index, which benchmarks incubators...

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Bath Uni backs £16.5m hi-tech enterprise zone to be set up at UWE Bristol

July 3, 2014
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Bath Uni backs £16.5m hi-tech enterprise zone to be set up at UWE Bristol

The West of England is to be home to one of the UK’s first four University Enterprise Zones to help the next generation of hi-tech companies set up and expand. Backed by the University of Bath, the zone is expected to create more than 500 jobs and generate £50m for the local economy. From...

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