Green/sustainable business

Grant Associates seeks more work in Asia after strengthening its Singapore office

August 20, 2014
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Grant Associates seeks more work in Asia after strengthening its Singapore office

Bath-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates is expanding its presence in Singapore to meet growing demand for its services across Asia and Australia. The firm, which is involved in Singapore’s dramatic £500m Gardens by the Bay project, has recruited four more staff to the office adding international expertise and experience to the existing team led...

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Investment manager taken on at BGF in the West as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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Investment manager taken on at BGF in the West as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

The South West office of BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Thames Valley and working with them to achieve their growth plans....

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Good Energy powers ahead with new customers despite mild winter

August 14, 2014
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Good Energy powers ahead with new customers despite mild winter

Strong customer growth, particularly for gas, has helped Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier Good Energy overcome a reduction in demand caused by the mild winter. Increased marketing and business improvements should also strengthen its position at the forefront of the independent renewable electricity supply and generation sector, it said in a trading update for the...

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Good Energy solar power site snapped up by Chinese group

August 7, 2014
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Good Energy solar power site snapped up by Chinese group

Chippenham-based renewable power pioneer Good Energy has sold a solar site in Norfolk to Chinese photovoltaic firm Trina Solar for up to £6.8m. The cash sale forms part of the supplier’s strategy of developing a portfolio through a combination of site disposals and building and holding others. The net profit on sale of the...

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Council and Bath BID unveil latest weapons in ongoing war on gulls

August 6, 2014
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Council and Bath BID unveil latest weapons in ongoing war on gulls

Bath businesses, along with residents and international visitors, are being urged to take part in a new campaign to combat the scourge of the city – gulls. The Don’t Feed the Gulls campaign, launched this week by Bath & North East Somerset Council and Bath Business Improvement District (BID), builds on previous work carried...

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Social network out to revolutionise the way businesses engage with local communities

August 1, 2014
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Social network out to revolutionise the way businesses engage with local communities

Bath-based innovative social network Neighbourly.com has been officially launched with the ambition of revolutionising corporate social responsibility. The business, which connects community projects with companies, has been developed by entrepreneur Nick Davies and is the first digital platform to be created for the largely unstructured corporate giving sector within the UK, which is worth...

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Garden centre firm grows its green credentials with funding for biomass energy

August 1, 2014
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Garden centre firm grows its green credentials with funding for biomass energy

A garden centre business owned by the same family since opening in 1884 is future-proofing itself against spiraling energy costs and enhancing its green credentials after securing £400,000 funding from Barclays. Whitehall Garden Centre at Lacock near Chippenham, which also owns and operates a site near Bristol, is installing three biomass energy cabins using...

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Bath innovators take centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

July 31, 2014
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Bath innovators take centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

Four pioneering Bath firms have showcased their innovation to a large group of senior business and technology directors at Barclays’ global headquarters in London. The four fledgling businesses were among six chosen by SETsquared – the business hub supported by the University of Bath – to represent its groundbreaking innovation. The event was part...

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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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