Green/sustainable business

Earl of Wessex officially opens Swindon’s innovative building research centre

September 26, 2014
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Earl of Wessex officially opens Swindon’s innovative building research centre

Swindon’s pioneering research centre to test the energy efficiency of new building materials has been officially opened by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. Acting in his role as Chancellor of the University of Bath, Prince Edward toured the ground-breaking research facility at the Building Research Park at Wroughton Airfield and met academics and...

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Swindon Business News partners with region’s biggest and most prestigious business exhibition

September 18, 2014
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Swindon Business News partners with region’s biggest and most prestigious business exhibition

Swindon Business News has teamed up with the region’s biggest business exhibition, Business Showcase South West, as it prepares to return for a second year.  Business Showcase South West 2015 (BSSW 2015) will build on the success of the inaugural event earlier this year which attracted nearly 2,000 attendees, exhibitors and big-name speakers including...

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Swindon’s property market to go under the spotlight at seminar

September 16, 2014
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Swindon’s property market to go under the spotlight at seminar

Development opportunities in the residential and commercial property markets in and around Swindon will be highlighted at a seminar to be staged in the town next month. The free event is being held by Barclays with Withy King Solicitors, planning and development consultancy DPDS Consulting Group and accountants Morris Owen and will be suitable...

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Arkell’s Brewery generates ‘green juice’ in a cool way to keep its beer tip-top

September 4, 2014
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Arkell’s Brewery generates ‘green juice’ in a cool way to keep its beer tip-top

Arkell’s Brewery, Swindon’s oldest business, is toasting an ultra-modern way of cutting its energy costs and enhancing its green credentials. The firm, formed in 1843, has installed 148 solar panels on the roof of its historic brewery at Kingsdown at a cost of around £50,000. The brewery, famed for producing its real ales in...

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Region’s charity marketers to hear latest industry thinking at major conference

September 4, 2014
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Region’s charity marketers to hear latest industry thinking at major conference

Using social media to promote charity fundraising and other issues faced by the region’s professional fundraisers and charity marketers will be examined at a major event next month. The second South West Charity Marketing Conference, organised by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) South West region, will give the sector’s professionals the opportunity to...

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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

August 28, 2014
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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

The Swindon-based Technology Strategy Board, the Government body that aims to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation, has changed its name to Innovate UK The organisation, based at North Star, started to use the new branding this month and will continue to change its signage, printed material and events and conference...

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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free event staged by UK Trade...

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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

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 for Wiltshire, the Thames Valley and Hampshire. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses and working with them to achieve their growth plans. Her appointment brings BGF’s Bristol-based...

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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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