Green/sustainable business

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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SUMMER BUDGET 2015: National business reaction

July 8, 2015
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The CBI described the Budget as double-edged for business and branded the Chancellor’s flagship introduction of a National Living Wage of £7.20 next April as “a big gamble”. It also called the apprentice levy “a blunt tool” to force more businesses to take on trainees. Director-general John Cridland said: “Firms will welcome measures to...

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SUMMER BUDGET 2015: Swindon business reaction

July 8, 2015
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Many of the measures in Chancellor George Osborne’s Summer Budget received a warm welcome from Swindon experts – but there was concern over the impact of his flagship National Living Wage. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner at Swindon accountancy firm Monahans, said the Budget had been good for business and had taken away some...

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Plea to Osborne to focus on infrastructure, exports and skills in next week’s Budget

July 3, 2015
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Plea to Osborne to focus on infrastructure, exports and skills in next week’s Budget

Business West, the organisation behind the Initiative in Swindon and Wiltshire, has called on the Chancellor to strike a balance between eliminating the deficit and stimulating growth in next week’s Budget. And while George Osborne is likely to focus on the cuts and reform, he must also concentrate on infrastructure, boosting exports and tackling...

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Two more solar farms get green light from Good Energy

June 30, 2015
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Two more solar farms get green light from Good Energy

Wiltshire renewable electricity group Good Energy is to commission two more solar farms, it announced today. The Chippenham-based firm said it would add the 5MW sites to its existing four solar farms, taking its total generating capacity to 30MW – enough to serve more than 7,000 homes. Planning approvals for the new sites at...

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‘Golden week’ for UK economy but growth is likely to slow, Swindon Question Time hears

June 26, 2015
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‘Golden week’ for UK economy but growth is likely to slow, Swindon Question Time hears

The economy has just enjoyed “almost a golden week” with falling unemployment, rising wage increases and low inflation, Swindon business leaders heard at an Economic Question Time hosted by law firm Withy King. But HSBC head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith told the event that while the UK was performing markedly better than virtually all...

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Nationwide’s responsible approach to business puts it in running for coveted national award

June 26, 2015
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Nationwide’s responsible approach to business puts it in running for coveted national award

Swindon-based Nationwide has again been recognised as one of the UK’s most responsible businesses in a prestigious awards scheme run by Business in the Community (BITC). The building society is a finalist in the organisation’s annual Responsible Business Awards, which celebrate organisations that are transforming their communities and in turn their businesses to create...

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