Green/sustainable business

£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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Fairtrade Business Awards aim to recognise the Bath area’s responsible firms

January 27, 2014
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Fairtrade Business Awards aim to recognise the Bath area’s responsible firms

Firms with a conscience are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2014 before this Friday’s deadline. Now in their second year, the awards recognise and showcase the efforts of businesses across the region which use Fairtrade products and support fair and ethical business practices. Each of the six categories has...

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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

January 24, 2014
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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

Accountants PwC have launched their annual search for the region’s best companies with the 2014 West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Previous winners of the awards, now in their 26th year, read like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected companies, including Dyson, MITIE and...

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Major Singapore project is child’s play for Bath landscape architects

January 23, 2014
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Major Singapore project is child’s play for Bath landscape architects

The latest attraction at a massive park on reclaimed land in central Singapore has opened to the public – the result of a major contract by Bath-based landscape architects Grant Associates. The Children’s Garden is a one-hectare site with play experiences for all ages, including water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top trails and...

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Low Carbon Business Breakfast to look at home truths about sustainable housing

January 8, 2014
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Low Carbon Business Breakfast to look at home truths about sustainable housing

Intelligent design and its role in low carbon construction is the topic for the first Low Carbon Business Breakfast of the new year, held in Bath on January 21. Among innovations to be discussed will be self-healing concrete, use of nanoparticles in construction and building houses that make their occupants happy. The session will...

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Land experts at Bath law firm Thrings help UK’s biggest solar farm power ahead

January 6, 2014
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Land experts at Bath law firm Thrings help UK’s biggest solar farm power ahead

Construction work has started on the UK’s largest solar power farm, thanks to Bath-based agricultural land specialists at West law firm Thrings. The firm acted in collaboration with land agency WebbPaton on behalf of the landowner of the 230-acre site near Didcot, including negotiating the lease of the land to Hampshire-based solar farm developer...

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