Green/sustainable business

Businesses get food for thought as Nicaraguan coffee grower tells them of Fairtrade’s vital role

February 26, 2014
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Businesses get food for thought as Nicaraguan coffee grower tells them of Fairtrade’s vital role

Buying Fairtrade products can be a tiny decision for a business yet it can have a huge impact on people’s lives. This message was brought home to West businesses on Monday as Fairtrade Fortnight got underway with a launch breakfast at Bristol law firm Burges Salmon. Margarita Espinoza, a Fairtrade coffee producer from Nicaragua...

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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bath’s micro-chip innovation

February 26, 2014
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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bath’s micro-chip innovation

Bath’s world-class expertise in micro-electronics could play a crucial role in the recently-announced Smart Cities Trade Mission to China later this year. The West of England boasts the world’s second-largest cluster of micro-chip design expertise outside of California’s Silicon Valley. The Bath area is home to leading-edge chip design firms such as Picochip, now...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Bath businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada and explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest ‘meet the expert’ event to be...

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Bath’s bright future as hub for creativity and innovation outlined by city’s property experts

February 19, 2014
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Bath’s bright future as hub for creativity and innovation outlined by city’s property experts

Bath is about to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a modern business centre that will position the city at the leading edge for creativity and innovation. The Bath Quays development sites – on either side of the River Avon near the city centre – will give the city a unique chance to attract...

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China trade mission will showcase West of England’s green, tech and creative innovation

February 17, 2014
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China trade mission will showcase West of England’s green, tech and creative innovation

Bath’s innovative firms in the green, hi-tech and creative industries are being invited to take part in a unique trade mission to China which aims to open up valuable new markets for businesses in these key sectors. Taking the ‘Smart Cities’ concept as its theme, the November visit will give 10 businesses from the...

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£4m fund launched to boost innovation among West businesses

February 12, 2014
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£4m fund launched to boost innovation among West businesses

Innovative businesses in the Bath area working on pioneering research and development projects can apply for financial help through a £4m innovation fund launched today by the University of the West of England (UWE). Grants of between £25,000 and £150,000 will be available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large companies...

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Growth funding for six of the best of Bath’s fledgling hi-tech, digital and IT firms

February 10, 2014
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Growth funding for six of the best of Bath’s fledgling hi-tech, digital and IT firms

Six Bath hi-tech firms have received investment totalling nearly £400,000 from a regional growth fund to help them develop their pioneering products. The businesses – Neighbourly, Clean Energy, Citeab, Tivarri, Envolve Technologies and CloudFind – are based at the city’s SETsquared centre, which supports small, fast-growing innovative businesses, mainly in the hi-tech sector. Centre...

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Railway stations on track to lead charge towards green motoring

February 3, 2014
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Railway stations on track to lead charge towards green motoring

Electric vehicle charging points are to be installed at railway stations in the Bath area as part of a campaign to promote low-carbon motoring. Train operator First Great Western (FGW) has been awarded £315,000 to install the chargepoints at 44 of its 210 stations, including Frome, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Pewsey, Warminster and Westbury. Bath Spa...

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Good Energy appoints new directors as it powers ahead with growth strategy

January 31, 2014
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Good Energy appoints new directors as it powers ahead with growth strategy

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier, has appointed experienced insurance industry finance director Denise Cockrem as its chief financial officer. Ms Cockrem, who takes up the post on May 1, is currently UK & Western Europe Finance director at multinational insurance group RSA. Prior to joining RSA in 2006 she was finance director...

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Komedia Bath’s café earns top billing as ‘vegan-friendly’ venue

January 29, 2014
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Komedia Bath’s café earns top billing as ‘vegan-friendly’ venue

The Arts Café at Bath comedy venue Komedia has been named as one of the UK’s top five vegan-friendly cultural venues. The accolade has been made by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the UK-based charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. The cafe has a strong ethical...

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