Green/sustainable business

Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

December 10, 2013
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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

The Manufacturing Advisory Service has appointed a supply chain specialist in the South West to ensure that manufacturers gain a significant share of the lucrative opportunities presented by the UK’s burgeoning offshore wind market. Nick Kirsop-Taylor, pictured, will help firms tap into the recently-launched £20m GROW:OffshoreWind service that supports companies looking to break into...

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Govt’s wind turbine planning changes could be big blow to badly-needed schemes

December 9, 2013
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Govt’s wind turbine planning changes could be big blow to badly-needed schemes

A West of England property expert is warning that Government plans to give communities a greater say over wind turbine proposals are deeply flawed and could scupper many small schemes. James Davis, pictured, who heads the regionally-based planning team at national property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall, fears the changes will make smaller renewable energy schemes...

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Recognition for Bath’s Buro Happold in going extra mile to encourage staff to cycle to work

December 4, 2013
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Recognition for Bath’s Buro Happold in going extra mile to encourage staff to cycle to work

Bath-based international engineering consultancy Buro Happold has been named as the most cycle-friendly employer in the West of England in the Travelwest Sustainable Business Travel Awards. The firm’s Bath office – one of the largest of its 25 around the world – has achieved a 50% increase in staff cycling to and from work...

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Second Green Apple award recognises core environmental standards at pioneering print firm

December 4, 2013
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Second Green Apple award recognises core environmental standards at pioneering print firm

Printer Park Lane Press has won its second Green Apple Award in recognition of its firm commitment to environmental standards. The Corsham-based firm was presented with the award at a ceremony in the House of Commons. The awards, which champion Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities, are co-ordinated by The Green Organisation, an independent...

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Green energy accolade for BaNES Council in regional awards

December 3, 2013
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Green energy accolade for BaNES Council in regional awards

Bath & North East Somerset Council has been named the region’s most proactive public sector body in the South West Green Energy Awards 2013. The council competed against other public sector bodies from across the South West including other local authorities, colleges, health bodies, fire services and the police. Hosted by renewable energy champions...

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Plans go on display to end 30-year traffic nightmare for Widcombe’s businesses

November 27, 2013
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Plans go on display to end 30-year traffic nightmare for Widcombe’s businesses

Proposals to transform Bath’s Widcombe Parade into a more pleasant environment for pedestrians and cyclists – and so boost local trade – go on display this Saturday. The scheme for the A36 Rossiter Road will take through traffic, including HGVs, away from Widcombe Parade. As a result, significant improvements can be made to the...

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Bath solar farm firm aims to be powerful ally to the rural economy

November 27, 2013
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Bath solar farm firm aims to be powerful ally to the rural economy

Fast-growing solar energy generator Lightsource Renewable Energy, which has a satellite office in Bath, is to recruit staff on its 40 solar farms as they take on a wider role as a boost to the rural economy. Lightsource believes that as well as helping address the UK’s electricity needs and aiding the drive towards...

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£5m solar power research centre to be based at Bath University

November 27, 2013
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£5m solar power research centre to be based at Bath University

The University of Bath is to become a major UK research base for sustainable solar power technology, adding to its world-class academic credentials and boosting the West of England’s reputation as the country’s leading hub for green technologies. The university will house one of two national centres for doctoral training geared towards investigating solar...

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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

November 22, 2013
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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

An ambitious plan is being drawn up to harness Bath and the West of England’s creativity and innovation to potentially create more than 100,000 jobs over the next 17 years. The emphasis will be on five key sectors spanning digital to aerospace, and in which the area is already strong, to drive growth and...

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Don’t miss out on the taxman’s generosity over R&D spending

November 15, 2013
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Don’t miss out on the taxman’s generosity over R&D spending

Bath area firms are being advised to check whether they qualify for valuable tax credits under the Government’s research and development (R&D) scheme. West accountancy firm Milsted Langdon, which has an office in Bath, says many firms are unaware they are eligible for the scheme which increases tax relief against taxable profits. To qualify,...

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