Green/sustainable business

Good Energy looks for epic gain from new non-exec director who is so Moneysupermarket.com

December 7, 2017
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Good Energy looks for epic gain from new non-exec director who is so Moneysupermarket.com

The digital innovator credited with the success of Moneysupermarket.com is to join Chippenham-based renewable energy group Good Energy as an independent non-executive director. Tim Jones, chief information officer of Moneysupermarket.com Group, has more than 20 years’ experience in using digital to drive change in organisations. He is widely regarded as one of the UK’s top...

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Swindon firm plans major battery storage plant for former town depot site

December 1, 2017
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Swindon firm plans major battery storage plant for former town depot site

One of the UK’s largest battery-based electricity storage sites could be developed in Swindon under plans drawn up by local firm Public Power Solutions (PPS). The company, wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to build the facility on the former Mannington Depot.  It said the scheme would provide the...

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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Swindon’s economy’

December 1, 2017
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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Swindon’s economy’

Swindon’s economy could benefit from aspects of the government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy, announced this week, two key figures in the town’s business community have said. But there was also disappointment at the lack of detail in some of initiatives and a need for more engagement with the business community.  Ian Larrard, director of the...

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Eden Project partnership sparks move into battery storage market for Good Energy

December 1, 2017
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Eden Project partnership sparks move into battery storage market for Good Energy

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable energy firm, has made its first move into the fast-growing battery storage market through a partnership with the Eden Project. The firm said the move, which will bring environmental and financial benefits to the ‘green’ Cornish tourist attraction, will take it one step closer to its purpose of “powering...

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Good Energy founder on list of UK’s high-growth innovators

November 9, 2017
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Good Energy founder on list of UK’s high-growth innovators

Green energy pioneer Julia Davenport has been included on a list of 100 UK organisations and their leaders that demonstrate excellence through growth, innovation and purpose. Ms Davenport, who is chief executive of Chippenham-based Good Energy, appears in the second annual Faces of a Vibrant Economy initiative by accountancy group Grant Thornton.  The list...

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More walking, less travelling: Royds Withy King’s Green Week focuses on sustainable business models

October 26, 2017
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More walking, less travelling: Royds Withy King’s Green Week focuses on sustainable business models

Reducing travel between offices, cutting waste and taking lunchtime walks were among the activities introduced by regional law firm Royds Withy King during its fifth annual Green Week. The firm, which has an office in Swindon, has been taking steps to reduce electricity and paper consumption, with regular ‘switch off’ campaigns and a green...

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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

October 17, 2017
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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

Firms across Swindon and Wiltshire are looking for Chancellor Philip Hammond to deliver a shot in the arm and lift confidence in next month’s Budget following today’s rise in inflation, according to the region’s largest business group. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 3% in September, according to today’s official figures – taking...

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Ex-Wiltshire bank manager joins Cool Ventures to advise growth companies

October 6, 2017
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Ex-Wiltshire bank manager joins Cool Ventures to advise growth companies

Business growth consultancy Cool Ventures has appointed experienced former Wiltshire bank manager Barry Vincent to the team. Mr Vincent, pictured, joins as an adviser and will offer expert advice to businesses enrolled on the Swindon and Wiltshire SME Growth Programme.  The programme, which is delivered locally by Cool Ventures, provides free intensive support to...

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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned next month

September 14, 2017
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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned next month

The search is on to find Britain’s female start-up of the Year – with the winner following in the footsteps of two West of England-based businesswomen. The successful entrant will be crowned in Bristol next month following a live pitching session on stage at the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, which returns to the...

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Row between green energy giants simmers down as plug is pulled on showdown shareholders’ meeting

September 1, 2017
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Row between green energy giants simmers down as plug is pulled on showdown shareholders’ meeting

The power struggle between Chippenham green energy group Good Energy and arch-rival Ecotricity has been put on the back burner after next week’s showdown shareholders’ meeting was adjourned indefinitely. Chippenham-based Good Energy, in which Ecotricity has built up a 25.3% stake, said it hoped the acrimonious row would now be replaced by “positive dialogue”...

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