Green/sustainable business

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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World’s first for Good Energy as it plugs into Bristol’s local currency

June 26, 2015
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World’s first for Good Energy as it plugs into Bristol’s local currency

Wiltshire renewable electricity firm Good Energy has become the world’s first energy company to accept a local currency after allowing customers to pay their energy bills using Bristol Pounds. The Chippenham-based firm, which supplies 100% renewable electricity to homes and businesses across the UK, said the move underlined its commitment to sustainability. The Bristol...

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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

June 24, 2015
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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

More than 80% of West of England firms fear leaving the EU would pose a risk to the UK economy, according to results of a survey among nearly 1,000 businesses in the region. Two thirds also believe it would be bad for their own business. The survey by Business West, the organisation that runs...

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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

June 18, 2015
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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has launched a free tax calculator to enable businesses to work out how much tax they could be saving on their research and development (R&D) costs. The online tool has been set up in the light of research suggesting that thousands of businesses could be missing...

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New chief executive takes up reins at Community First

June 9, 2015
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New chief executive takes up reins at Community First

Community First, Swindon and Wiltshire’s Rural Community Council, has appointed Lynn Gibson as its new chief executive. She replaces Philippa Read, who retired last month after eight years in the role and 23 years at the organisation, a charity that aims to help improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people and...

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Award nomination for sustainable activity centre accommodation block

June 5, 2015
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Award nomination for sustainable activity centre accommodation block

A sustainable new building on PGL’s residential activity centre near Swindon is in the running for a regional property award – with its lightweight steel roof contributing to its success. The accommodation block on PGL’s Liddington Campus has been nominated for the South West LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015, which take place next Friday....

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New agreement with key Chinese economic hub opens doors for partnerships with Swindon firms

May 28, 2015
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New agreement with key Chinese economic hub opens doors for partnerships with Swindon firms

Swindon firms are being encouraged to establish closer trading partnerships with their counterparts in the South West’s sister region in China following the signing of a major new agreement. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Bristol & West of England China Bureau is aimed at overcoming the difficulties...

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