Green/sustainable business

Arkell’s Brewery generates ‘green juice’ in a cool way to keep its beer tip-top

September 4, 2014
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Arkell’s Brewery generates ‘green juice’ in a cool way to keep its beer tip-top

Arkell’s Brewery, Swindon’s oldest business, is toasting an ultra-modern way of cutting its energy costs and enhancing its green credentials. The firm, formed in 1843, has installed 148 solar panels on the roof of its historic brewery at Kingsdown at a cost of around £50,000. The brewery, famed for producing its real ales in...

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Region’s charity marketers to hear latest industry thinking at major conference

September 4, 2014
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Region’s charity marketers to hear latest industry thinking at major conference

Using social media to promote charity fundraising and other issues faced by the region’s professional fundraisers and charity marketers will be examined at a major event next month. The second South West Charity Marketing Conference, organised by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) South West region, will give the sector’s professionals the opportunity to...

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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

August 28, 2014
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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

The Swindon-based Technology Strategy Board, the Government body that aims to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation, has changed its name to Innovate UK The organisation, based at North Star, started to use the new branding this month and will continue to change its signage, printed material and events and conference...

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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free event staged by UK Trade...

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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager for Wiltshire, the Thames Valley and Hampshire. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses and working with them to achieve their growth plans. Her appointment brings BGF’s Bristol-based...

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Good Energy powers ahead with new customers despite mild winter

August 14, 2014
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Good Energy powers ahead with new customers despite mild winter

Strong customer growth, particularly for gas, has helped Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier Good Energy overcome a reduction in demand caused by the mild winter. Increased marketing and business improvements should also strengthen its position at the forefront of the independent renewable electricity supply and generation sector, it said in a trading update for the...

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Good Energy solar power site snapped up by Chinese group

August 7, 2014
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Good Energy solar power site snapped up by Chinese group

Chippenham-based renewable power pioneer Good Energy has sold a solar site in Norfolk to Chinese photovoltaic firm Trina Solar for up to £6.8m. The cash sale forms part of the supplier’s strategy of developing a portfolio through a combination of site disposals and building and holding others. The net profit on sale of the...

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Garden centre firm grows its green credentials with funding for biomass energy

July 31, 2014
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Garden centre firm grows its green credentials with funding for biomass energy

A Wiltshire garden centre business owned by the same family since opening in 1884 is future-proofing itself against spiraling energy costs and enhancing its green credentials after securing £400,000 funding from Barclays. Whitehall Garden Centre at Lacock near Chippenham, which also owns and operates a site near Bristol, is installing three biomass energy cabins...

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Howard Tenens’ gas station puts Swindon on road to becoming centre for low-carbon fuels

July 17, 2014
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Howard Tenens’ gas station puts Swindon on road to becoming centre for low-carbon fuels

Swindon has taken another step to becoming a major UK centre for alternative, low-emission fuels with the official opening of the country’s largest privately-owned compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling station. The facility at logistics group Howard Tenens’ 25-acre Stratton site was opened by transport minister Stephen Hammond. The group now has four CNG stations...

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Buildings of the future to be tested at pioneering research centre on Swindon’s doorstep

July 10, 2014
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Buildings of the future to be tested at pioneering research centre on Swindon’s doorstep

An innovative research centre based near Swindon is to play a leading role in developing low carbon construction materials which will be used in the buildings in the future. The University of Bath’s HIVE will be at its new Building Research Park (BRP) at The Science Museum at Wroughton. The £1m project – the first...

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