Green/sustainable business

Growth hub taps into expertise to change the face of business support

February 5, 2016
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Growth hub taps into expertise to change the face of business support

Swindon firms can get instant access to an extensive network of business knowledge and skills partners through a new growth hub launched by Business West. The region’s largest business group – and the organisation behind the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative – wants the portal to be the first port of call for businesses seeking...

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Growth fund on the lookout for new opportunities after reaching £100m investment milestone

February 4, 2016
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Growth fund on the lookout for new opportunities after reaching £100m investment milestone

The latest deal by BGF, the independent fund that backs small and medium-sized firms with strong growth potential, has taken its total investment in the South West past the £100m mark. The £4.43m equity funding in marketing technology software and service firm Adestra means BGF’s regional office has now invested in 17 fast-growing companies...

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Rebooting old computers boosts Wilts dementia charity’s coffers

February 4, 2016
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Rebooting old computers boosts Wilts dementia charity’s coffers

Wiltshire specialist support firm Priority IT is raising valuable funds for a local Alzheimer’s charity by bringing old computers back to life. The Trowbridge-based company is refurbishing second-hand computers and offering them to the public in return for a donation to Alzheimer’s Support. The charity runs day clubs, home support and a wide range...

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Power to the people: UK’s first council-run solar investment scheme planned for Swindon

February 1, 2016
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Power to the people: UK’s first council-run solar investment scheme planned for Swindon

Swindon Council hopes to launch the UK’s first scheme to give residents the chance to invest in a major solar farm on the town’s doorstep. The unique scheme would generate a return for its investors as well as funding community projects over the next 20 years, according to the council. Local people could put...

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Annual search starts to find the West of England’s best businesses

January 31, 2016
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Annual search starts to find the West of England’s best businesses

Swindon’s top firms are being urged to enter the region’s most prestigious business competition – accountants PwC’s annual West of England Business of the Year Awards. The widely-respected awards are now in their 28th year and previous winners represent the cream of the region’s top companies. Previous winners have included Swindon-based construction group Beard,...

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Good Energy powers up its green generating capacity with new solar site

January 29, 2016
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Good Energy powers up its green generating capacity with new solar site

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable power firm, is expanding its generating capacity by commissioning a new solar site in Dorset and gaining planning permission for three more across the South West. The new 5MW Oaklands Plantation site near Wareham will generate enough renewable electricity to supply around 1,300 homes. It takes the number of...

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Firms that make a difference urged to enter Business in the Community awards

January 22, 2016
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Firms that make a difference urged to enter Business in the Community awards

Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on Swindon firms to showcase how they are taking practical action to address pressing issues as the deadline for entries to the 2016 Responsible Business Awards looms. The awards, now in their 19th year, celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that make a difference by creating stronger communities,...

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Business West turns spotlight on skills and pay as region’s jobless rate falls again

January 21, 2016
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Business West turns spotlight on skills and pay as region’s jobless rate falls again

The latest fall in unemployment – down a further 7,000 in the South West – has been welcomed by Business West, the organisation behind the Initiative in Swindon and Wiltshire. But Business West, the region’s largest business group, has warned that low unemployment brings its own challenges – particularly skills shortages and rising wage...

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New venue for Business Showcase South West as successful event returns for third year

January 15, 2016
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Business Showcase South West, the region’s largest free business event, returns for a third year in May following its huge success in 2014 and 2015. After two years at Bristol’s Colston Hall, this year’s Business Showcase (BSSW) will take place at the newly redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium in South Bristol on May 17. A...

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Swindon’s ethical firms urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2106

January 8, 2016
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Swindon’s ethical firms urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2106

Swindon firms supporting fair and ethical business practices have just over three weeks to enter the coveted South West Fairtrade Business Awards. The unique awards – now in their fourth year – champion firms that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business. Last year 76 businesses from across the region achieved bronze,...

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