Green/sustainable business

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Full programme

September 22, 2016
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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Full programme

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England next month for its fifth year, with a jam-packed programme featuring amazing entrepreneurs and inspirational start-ups. Among those taking part will be Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, tech entrepreneur Alex Depledge and Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress.  Panels will cover subjects...

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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Start-Up Award ready to showcase up-and-coming business talent

September 22, 2016
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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Start-Up Award ready to showcase up-and-coming business talent

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs (FFE) is on the look-out for up-and-coming female business talent to enter its annual awards as it prepares to return to the West of England for a fifth year. The FFE, organised by small business support group Enterprise Nation, stages its high-profile annual event at At-Bristol on October 21....

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Green light for Hinkley C nuclear plant is bad move, says Wiltshire renewable energy boss

September 16, 2016
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Green light for Hinkley C nuclear plant is bad move, says Wiltshire renewable energy boss

The founder of North Wiltshire renewable energy group Good Energy has slammed the government’s decision to go ahead with the much-delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project. Juliet Davenport OBE, who built Chippenham-based Good Energy from scratch in 1999 into one of the largest businesses of its kind with a £37m market value, described...

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Boost for Swindon renewable energy firm as offshore wind farm’s electrical system gets green light

September 14, 2016
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Boost for Swindon renewable energy firm as offshore wind farm’s electrical system gets green light

A major offshore wind farm devised by Swindon-based RWE Innogy UK 13 years ago has moved a step closer to coming on stream. The electrical system for the Triton Knoll scheme – one of the UK’s largest planned offshore wind farms – has been approved, paving the way for it to move to the next...

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Pop-up shop scheme launched to widen Swindon town centre’s retail mix

September 2, 2016
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Pop-up shop scheme launched to widen Swindon town centre’s retail mix

Independent retailers are being given the chance to open pop-up shops in Swindon town centre – potentially boosting their business and improving the area’s retail mix at the same time. Swindon’s central shopping area has a higher-than-average number of empty store units while also lacking shops selling artisan goods and gifts, medium to high-end...

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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

September 2, 2016
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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

Confidence among West of England firms has slumped to its lowest level since 2012 as they continue to react to the EU referendum, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM), which gauges how businesses view the economic prospects facing them over coming year, shows confidence falling into negative...

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Boardroom appointments at Good Energy as it powers ahead with expansion

September 2, 2016
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Boardroom appointments at Good Energy as it powers ahead with expansion

Good Energy, the 100% renewable energy firm, has strengthened its board with two key appointments as it prepares for its next phase of growth. Emma Tinker joins the Chippenham-based firm as a non-executive director and David Brooks as an executive director, both with immediate effect.  Emma, a private equity investment director, brings a wealth...

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Swindon leads drive to encourage more biodiversity with two new ‘magic’ roundabouts

August 9, 2016
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Swindon leads drive to encourage more biodiversity with two new ‘magic’ roundabouts

Two roundabouts at the entrance to a Swindon business park have burst into bloom as part of a groundbreaking national project to create floral meadows at busy road junctions. The Elgin Drive and Kembrey Park roundabouts are now a riot of meadow flowers and hardy perennials following two years of careful planning, preparation, planting and...

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Influential waste industry ambassador role for Swindon managing director

July 31, 2016
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Influential waste industry ambassador role for Swindon managing director

Jason Airey, the managing director of Swindon-based fleet management software firm CMS SupaTrak, has been appointed to a senior advisory group in the waste industry. The RWM (Resource Waste Management) invited Jason, pictured, to join its Waste Ambassadors’ Group as CMS SupaTrak shares its vision of implementing best practice in compliance and safety across...

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Hills Group puts ethical business at its core by adopting responsible purchasing policy

July 26, 2016
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Hills Group puts ethical business at its core by adopting responsible purchasing policy

Diversified quarrying and building group Hills has committed to conducting its business in a more transparent and ethical manner with the introduction of a responsible purchasing policy.    The move also provides the framework for the Swindon-based group to comply with the recently introduced Modern Slavery Act 2015. Privately owned Hills, whose activities span recycling...

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