Green/sustainable business

Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

April 29, 2016
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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

The successful Business Showcase South West returns next month to again celebrate the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise. The event, the largest of its kind in the South West, this year takes place at the newly redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, meaning it will be even bigger. Delegates from Swindon and...

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£10m funding sought by innovative Swindon firm aiming to turn waste plastic into energy

April 29, 2016
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£10m funding sought by innovative Swindon firm aiming to turn waste plastic into energy

Swindon-based waste-to-energy pioneer Recycling Technologies is seeking £10m to take the business to the next level. The innovative firm makes machines that convert waste plastic to oil. After developing its technology for several years, it is testing its first commercial machine. It sees a huge market for the machines, which convert mixed plastic waste...

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Regional jobless fall bucks national trend as confidence among West firms continues to hold steady

April 21, 2016
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Regional jobless fall bucks national trend as confidence among West firms continues to hold steady

Unemployment has continued to fall in the South West, bucking the national trend and pointing to a brighter outlook for the region’s businesses. But Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, warned the national rise signalled a slowing economy and could impact on firms in the Swindon area if the Government did not take...

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Midcounties Co-op’s community engagement earns it five-star corporate responsibility rating

April 21, 2016
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Midcounties Co-op’s community engagement earns it five-star corporate responsibility rating

Its work with community groups across Swindon has earned The Midcounties Co-operative, the UK’s largest independent co-operative society, a coveted 5-star rating in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index. The society, whose businesses in Swindon span food, childcare, healthcare, travel, funerals and energy businesses, gained the status after investing more than £11m...

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Responsible Business Award shortlisting for Nationwide Building Society

April 21, 2016
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Responsible Business Award shortlisting for Nationwide Building Society

Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society is in the running for one the UK’s most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business. The firm has been shortlisted in the Responsible Business of the Year category in the regional Responsible Business of the Year Awards, which celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference...

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Green gas goes on sale as Good Energy marks UN climate change agreement

April 18, 2016
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Green gas goes on sale as Good Energy marks UN climate change agreement

Green energy firm Good Energy has launched a carbon neutral gas tariff to celebrate the signing today of the UN Climate Change Agreement. The new offering, partly made up from biomethane – or ‘green gas’ – is designed to make it easy for energy customers of the Chippenham-based business to take action against climate...

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Sales, orders and cashflow under pressure as EU poll and global slowdown hit local firms

April 15, 2016
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Sales, orders and cashflow under pressure as EU poll and global slowdown hit local firms

Fewer businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire are growing their sales and orders as national and global factors take the shine off their optimism at the start of this year. The latest survey by Business West, the region’s largest business group, also shows more of its Swindon and Wiltshire members had lower cashflow over the...

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Powerful start to Swindon’s groundbreaking ‘solar bond’ project

April 7, 2016
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Powerful start to Swindon’s groundbreaking ‘solar bond’ project

Swindon Council’s pioneering solar bonds – the first by a UK local authority – have attracted more than £700,000 from small investors since their launch five weeks ago. The amount raised represents 41% of the total amount of £1.8m available to small investors in the scheme, which the council has set up with peer-to-peer...

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Dutch college contract gives catering design firm appetite for further European expansion

April 7, 2016
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Dutch college contract gives catering design firm appetite for further European expansion

Catering design company MYA Consulting has won a prestigious design contract with the United World College in the Dutch city of Maastricht. The firm, run by Swindon businesswomen Carla Mackenzie and Margaret Young, is redesigning the mensa (cafeteria), menu and kitchen of UWC Maastricht. The contract was won by MYA against fierce international competition....

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Investment group BGF grows regional team to meet increased demand for funding

April 5, 2016
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Investment group BGF grows regional team to meet increased demand for funding

The South West and Thames Valley investment team of BGF (Business Growth Fund) has expanded with the appointment of Alex Snodgrass. Alex, pictured, is the latest addition to the 10-strong team, which is responsible for identifying investment opportunities and managing the deal process from origination through to completion. Alex has more than 10 years’...

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