Green/sustainable business

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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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

July 25, 2016
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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

The Institute of Directors South West regional chairman Nick Sturge has been appointed to the organisation’s national council as it seeks to ensure that a range of voices from across business are heard as Brexit unfolds. Nick Sturge, pictured, the co-founder and director of Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub, is one of a number of...

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Good Energy generates strong growth as more customers warm to its green power

July 22, 2016
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Good Energy generates strong growth as more customers warm to its green power

Customer numbers have continued to soar at Good Energy, the green energy firm, while its recent sale of new shares has brought in more than £3m for further growth. In a trading update to the London Stock Exchange for the first six months of this year, the Chippenham-based firm said the 36% increase in...

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Excalibur’s radical approach to staff wellbeing wins it Wiltshire’s Happiest Workplace award

July 21, 2016
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Excalibur’s radical approach to staff wellbeing wins it Wiltshire’s Happiest Workplace award

A family spirit, lots of charitable work and bright, modern offices have earned Swindon-based IT and communications group Excalibur the title of Wiltshire’s Happiest Workplace. The prestigious award was handed to the fast-growing firm at a special ceremony in Chippenham yesterday. Judges in the contest – staged by Bristol-based workplace and interior design consultancy...

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EU referendum campaign failed to dent economic growth in Swindon and Wiltshire, survey reveals

July 13, 2016
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EU referendum campaign failed to dent economic growth in Swindon and Wiltshire, survey reveals

Swindon and Wiltshire’s economy was growing ahead of the EU referendum with business confidence, job creation and sales all climbing, according to the latest survey by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. More than 170 businesses took part in the poll, which was held in May and June, before the referendum result on...

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RedheadPR stays ahead of the curve with move to Desk co-working hub

July 11, 2016
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RedheadPR stays ahead of the curve with move to Desk co-working hub

Swindon public relations agency redheadPR is to move to Desk, the innovative co-working space that opened in Old Town earlier this year. The first of its kind in Swindon, Desk is a thriving community of entrepreneurs, freelancers and mentors. RedheadPR founder and entrepreneur Sara Tye – who launched the agency 16 years ago –...

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Winners named in PwC’s coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards

July 11, 2016
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Winners named in PwC’s coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards

Property services firm Ian Williams and bakery Ministry of Cake are the winners of the region’s most prestigious business awards. The firms came out top at accountants PwC’s annual West of England Business of the Year Awards, which were announced at a gala dinner last week. Chipping Sodbury-based Ian Williams provides a range of...

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Get set for energy revolution as industry thinks small, Barclays roundtable is told

July 4, 2016
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Get set for energy revolution as industry thinks small, Barclays roundtable is told

New technologies such as much cheaper storage batteries and more widespread use of rooftop solar cells are set to transform the UK energy market, experts told a Barclays-staged roundtable discussion. With government subsidies for solar farms and onshore wind projects being cut dramatically, the focus is now shifting towards smaller-scale generation and better storage,...

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