Green/sustainable business

Bath Spa Uni students’ rubbish ideas to help Bristolians box clever over waste and recycling

March 15, 2019
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Bath Spa Uni students’ rubbish ideas to help Bristolians box clever over waste and recycling

A group of second and third-year design students from Bath Spa University’s Bath School of Art and Design have developed innovative answers to common problems linked to wheelie bins and recycling boxes. Bristol Waste, which handles all domestic waste collection and recycling in Bristol, tasked the students with designing new ways of storing waste...

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Fair Trade business awards champion ethical firms that ‘put their money where their mouth is’

March 15, 2019
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Fair Trade business awards champion ethical firms that ‘put their money where their mouth is’

West of England organisations that support fair trade have been praised by TV personality Nick Hewer for “putting their money where their mouth is” at the region’s recent Fair Trade Business Awards. Countdown presenter Mr Hewer, a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation, said these organisations should be...

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Good Energy drives into electric vehicle market with Zap-Map app acquisition

March 8, 2019
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Good Energy drives into electric vehicle market with Zap-Map app acquisition

Renewable power group Good Energy has increased its presence in the high-growth electric vehicle market by taking a minority stake in Next Green Car Ltd, the parent company of the Zap-Map app. Zap-Map has 70,000 monthly uses who use it to plan routes, locate charge points and check their availability.  Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy, which...

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Bath and Bristol tech groups team up to strengthen links between society and technology

March 8, 2019
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Bath and Bristol tech groups team up to strengthen links between society and technology

The Tech4Good networks in Bath and Bristol, which have been operating since early 2017, are to merge to create a single group bringing together social innovation and tech across the two cities. Tech4Good South-West (T4GSW) will launch next month under the umbrella of the global network and non-profit TechSoup and Netsquared with a mission...

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Ice cream firm scoops exclusive contract following pier review

March 7, 2019
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Ice cream firm scoops exclusive contract following pier review

Sustainable ice cream maker Marshfield Farm is looking forward to a cool summer after securing the contract to be the new sole supplier of scoop ice cream on Weston-super-Mare’s the Grand Pier. The firm, which celebrated three decades of ice cream making last year, will be selling nine varieties of ice cream and two...

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HPH donates building materials for new animal pens at Bath City Farm

February 25, 2019
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HPH donates building materials for new animal pens at Bath City Farm

Bath City Farm has taken delivery of some much-needed building materials to create new animal pens, thanks to a donation from Bath commercial property firm HPH. HPH arranged for the materials to be delivered to the charity with support from one of its tenants Westbury Building Supplies. Westbury Building Supplies, which is based on...

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Challenger homes firm sees room in the market for a new kind of housebuilder

February 15, 2019
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Challenger homes firm sees room in the market for a new kind of housebuilder

Independent design-led housebuilder Backhouse has sold the first homes at its landmark residential development in Somerset as it looks to shake up the market and create vibrant communities.   Box-based Backhouse was founded in 2016 by former City investment banker Theodore Backhouse and ex-Devonshire Homes MD Steve Russell with a mission to develop aspirational...

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Andrews’ Christmas appeal builds up funds for youth homelessness charity

February 15, 2019
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Andrews’ Christmas appeal builds up funds for youth homelessness charity

Regional estate agent and property group Andrews has given a boost to a youth homelessness charity following a Christmas appeal. Keynsham-based Andrews’ ‘Jolly Good Christmas’ campaign invited any customer booking a valuation or mortgage appointment in December to vote for one of three charities that Andrews already worked with closely.  The firm, known for...

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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent Arnos Vale cemetery heritage site. ...

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Actress to launch national radio appeal for Bath’s pioneering Send A Cow charity

February 7, 2019
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Actress to launch national radio appeal for Bath’s pioneering Send A Cow charity

Bath-based international development charity Send a Cow is to receive a boost from actress Jane Horrocks, who is to present a national radio appeal on its behalf. The Lancashire-born star, best known for her roles as Bubble in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, is a long-standing supporter of the charity, which works with families...

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