Green/sustainable business

‘Zero-to-landfill’ commitment gives Hills victory in extension to Army garrison waste contract

April 15, 2014
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‘Zero-to-landfill’ commitment gives Hills victory in extension to Army garrison waste contract

Wiltshire-based Hills Waste Solutions has secured a three-year extension to its contract handling thousands of tonnes of waste a year from five Army garrisons. The Calne-based firm, part of the Hills Group, has retained the work with Aspire Defence Services Limited (ADSL) with effect from the beginning of this month. The contract, which has...

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Powerful profit rise at Good Energy as customers warm to renewable generation

April 9, 2014
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Powerful profit rise at Good Energy as customers warm to renewable generation

Annual pre-tax profits have more than doubled to £3.3m at Good Energy, the fast-growing renewable energy group, as more consumers turn away from the major utility firms. The Chippenham-based firm, which plans to own more than 110 megawatts of renewable electricity generation by 2016, had a gross margin of 34% in the year to...

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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

April 7, 2014
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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

West businesses will hear how to unlock their potential by looking east for trade opportunities at an event in the region later this week. The UK Asia Business Council (UKABC) brings its regional roadshow to Bristol on Friday, giving an oversight of South East Asia’s markets and rounding off Export Week. Organised in conjunction...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets. UK Trade...

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‘Bold vision’ calls for Government to help put innovation at heart of Swindon and Wiltshire’s economy

April 1, 2014
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‘Bold vision’ calls for Government to help put innovation at heart of Swindon and Wiltshire’s economy

An ambitious economic blueprint to make Swindon and Wiltshire one of the most innovative areas in the country has been submitted to the Government by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan urges ministers to invest public money in Swindon and Wiltshire to secure growth as the area grapples with key...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at a critical time in the...

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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

Business West has called on Chancellor George Osborne to use today’s Budget to focus on youth employment, training and enterprise – all crucial to securing future growth and avoiding a ‘lost generation’ as the UK economy continues to recover, it says. In its 2014 Budget submission, the business support organisation, which runs the Swindon...

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Swindon and Wiltshire directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

March 18, 2014
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Swindon and Wiltshire directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

Directors in firms across Swindon and Wiltshire have less than two weeks to enter the region’s top business awards that recognise boardroom excellence and enterprise. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they do not have...

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Swindon innovation fires up world-beating precious metal recovery plant

March 11, 2014
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Swindon innovation fires up world-beating precious metal recovery plant

Tetronics International, the innovative Swindon-based developer of technology used in recycling and hazardous waste treatment, has strengthened its position in the global market by supplying a major new precious metals recovery plant in Taiwan. The firm, which has its UK base on the South Marston Industrial Estate, has completed work on the plasma recovery...

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Dairy Crest chief to chair Business in the Community’s West advisory board

March 10, 2014
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Dairy Crest chief to chair Business in the Community’s West advisory board

Business in the Community (BITC), the national charity promoting corporate responsibility, has appointed Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen as chairman of its South West Advisory Board. Mark, pictured, who previously chaired BITC’s National Rural Leadership team, will now focus on helping South West businesses of all sizes integrate responsible practices into their operations. ...

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