Green/sustainable business

MPs welcome support aimed at keeping Swindon businesses at forefront of innovation

August 28, 2015
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MPs welcome support aimed at keeping Swindon businesses at forefront of innovation

Swindon firms can help strengthen the town’s reputation as a leading centre for innovation by taking advantage of huge opportunities for funding and support on their doorstep, according to its two MPs. Robert Buckland and Justin Thomlinson met Innovate UK chief executive Ruth McKernan at the Government organisation’s North Star national HQ to hear...

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Poland visit will offer valuable business connections in Central and Eastern Europe for rookie exporters

August 22, 2015
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Poland visit will offer valuable business connections in Central and Eastern Europe for rookie exporters

First-time exporters from the Swindon area are being invited to explore opportunities in the fast-growing Central and Eastern Europe markets by taking part in a trade mission to Poland in October. The trip to Warsaw between October 6 and 8 is dedicated to building connections and learning on how to sell goods and services...

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Hotel looks to create a buzz with its beekeeping corporate days

August 20, 2015
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Hotel looks to create a buzz with its beekeeping corporate days

Corporate team-building days usually mean a tug of war, paintballing or making a raft out of cardboard tubes. But Guyers House, the privately owned, four-star country house hotel near Corsham, is hoping to create a buzz around its latest offering – a day dedicated to learning about bees and beekeeping.  Eight senior executives from...

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More funding secured by Good Energy to power growth of its solar farms

August 14, 2015
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More funding secured by Good Energy to power growth of its solar farms

Renewable electricity firm Good Energy has arranged an extra £8.5m in funding to continue its expansion. The Chippenham-based firm, which is based on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, will use the additional funding to develop more solar farms as well as growing its customer base. It has already drawn down £4m of the...

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Bristol Airport charges ahead with powerful help for green car users

August 11, 2015
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Bristol Airport charges ahead with powerful help for green car users

Electric car charging points have been installed at Bristol Airport as it strengthens its green credentials and meets the growing demand for sustainable travel. The points – in the short stay car park and near the airport’s administration building – can be used by passengers and staff and are suitable for most electric vehicles....

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TH White helps bring revolutionary battery technology to UK

July 31, 2015
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TH White helps bring revolutionary battery technology to UK

An innovative battery that charges with electricity generated from solar panels is to make its first UK appearance thanks to Wiltshire agricultural equipment and construction material supplier TH White. The Tesla Powerwall is set to revolutionise how buildings use energy as it will allow homes to store solar energy generated during the day to...

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Green light for Good Energy’s latest solar farm

July 24, 2015
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Green light for Good Energy’s latest solar farm

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier and generator, has gained planning consent for its seventh solar farm. Approval for the 24MW solar farm in Dorset was originally granted in November 2013 but its development was halted by a judicial review.  The site at Mapperton Farm, near Sturminster Marshall, has now been given the...

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Huge solar power farm near Swindon sold to global green energy giant

July 21, 2015
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Wroughton Airfield Solar Park, which will be one of the UK’s largest solar farms when it starts generating next year, has been sold by a company owned by Swindon Council and the Science Museum in a multi-million pound deal. The 165-acre project on the former Second World War RAF airfield near Swindon has been...

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Storage group Bott lands prestigious PWC Business of the Year Award

July 10, 2015
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Storage group Bott lands prestigious PWC Business of the Year Award

Bott, the workplace storage equipment firm, and Devon Air Ambulance Trust have won the PWC Business of the Year Awards – the South West’s most coveted business accolades. Bude-based Bott’s CEO Clive Woodward received his trophy for the £30m-plus turnover category from Mark Beard, chief executive of last year's winner, Swindon construction firm Beard....

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SUMMER BUDGET 2015: Business West reaction

July 8, 2015
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Before the Budget Business West – the organisation that runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative – called for a focus on infrastructure, exports and the skills gap. Managing director Phil Smith said: “Our nation’s roads and apprentices got a cordial mention , international trade was almost utterly absent. “Also missing was a...

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