Green/sustainable business

Building industry group dismisses council’s ‘ground-breaking’ net zero homes move as unworkable

January 26, 2023
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Building industry group dismisses council’s ‘ground-breaking’ net zero homes move as unworkable

A pioneering energy-based net zero housing policy being introduced by Bath & North East Somerset Council has been slammed as ‘undeliverable’ by the building industry’s trade association. The council has become the first in England to successfully adopt the move, which it sees as part of its commitment to tackling the climate emergency.    It...

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University of Bath sets up special institute to lead research into tackling urgent climate crisis issues

January 19, 2023
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University of Bath sets up special institute to lead research into tackling urgent climate crisis issues

A new Institute for Sustainability that will bring together expertise in tackling the most pressing climate and sustainability issues has been launched by the University of Bath. Led by leading sustainability academics at the university, research at the institute will be focused around two themes: sustainable chemical technologies and sustainable systems.  The sustainable chemical...

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Search begins for the region’s most innovative property projects as top awards return for 2023

January 16, 2023
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Search begins for the region’s most innovative property projects as top awards return for 2023

Regional law firm Michelmores’ property awards – regarded as among the most prestigious in the South West – are returning this year after last being staged in 2021. This year will also mark the 20th anniversary of the contest, which celebrates the best property, development and construction projects in the region and have long-championed sustainability...

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New Year’s Honours recognition for Bath area business and charity figures

January 6, 2023
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New Year’s Honours recognition for Bath area business and charity figures

The achievements of business figures from the Bath area along with those from the not-for-profit sector have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for 2023. Toby Sutton and Jack Churchill, pictured, co-founders of tech innovator Scanning Pens, which produces pens that help dyslexic children and adults to read, received OBEs for services to international trade...

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Buoyant South West firms shrug off the economic gloom to enter 2023 on a confident note

January 6, 2023
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Buoyant South West firms shrug off the economic gloom to enter 2023 on a confident note

Confidence among South West businesses continued to rise in December after a surprise recovery the previous month – with firms ending the year in a rare upbeat mood. The latest monthly Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking reveals firms reported higher confidence in their own business prospects month-on-month, up 15 percentage points at 34%.  Taken alongside their optimism in the economy, up 10...

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National award recognises Bath’s ‘stimulating and engaging’ Forest of Imagination festival

January 6, 2023
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National award recognises Bath’s ‘stimulating and engaging’ Forest of Imagination festival

Bath’s Forest of Imagination contemporary arts and architecture festival, which brings together many of the city’s creatives, has won a prestigious national award. The annual pop-up event for all ages, now in its 10th year, topped the ‘one off activity – children’ category of the Inspire Future Generations (IFG) Awards.  The festival, which brought...

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University of Bath and council partner on ambitious sustainable construction policies

January 5, 2023
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University of Bath and council partner on ambitious sustainable construction policies

World-leading action to help tackle the climate emergency by cutting emissions from buildings will be taken by Bath & North East Somerset Council this year in a link-up with the University of Bath. The council will draw on the pioneering expertise of the university’s academics to bring in a cutting-edge set of sustainable construction...

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More efficiencies on tap at national café group as it extends agreement with specialist water business

January 5, 2023
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More efficiencies on tap at national café group as it extends agreement with specialist water business

Water2business, the specialist retailer co-owned by Bath-based Wessex Water, has extended its partnership with UK-wide café chain Coffee#1 for a further two years.   Having set up the agreement two years ago, Water2business will continue to provide water and wastewater services to 84 of Coffee#1’s 100 sites.  The firm’s dedicated account management team will continue...

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Bath landscape consultants to help shape Singapore’s new highly sustainable science centre

January 4, 2023
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Bath landscape consultants to help shape Singapore’s new highly sustainable science centre

Bath-based landscape architecture practice Grant Associates is to co-design a new ‘living laboratory’ science centre in Singapore 10 years after it helped create the city-state’s world-renowned Gardens by the Bay. The 101-hectare (250-acre) gardens in central Singapore have become a national icon, boasting the largest glass greenhouse in the world, while its Supertrees, 18...

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This year will be tough – but we need to stress the positives of our powerful region, says Business West

January 4, 2023
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This year will be tough – but we need to stress the positives of our powerful region, says Business West

The boss of the South West’s largest business group has urged firms to ‘stay positive’ this year in the face of huge challenges. Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce – also said companies could benefit in 2023 by being based in an innovative region at the...

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