Green/sustainable business

‘We’re pro-business’ Ed Balls insists as he launches Labour’s business plan for the West of England

February 23, 2015
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‘We’re pro-business’ Ed Balls insists as he launches Labour’s business plan for the West of England

A future Labour government would support business in the West of England – not damage it – by creating a more prosperous Britain and investing in skills and new technologies, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said today. Launching the party’s business plan for the region, he dismissed suggestions that Labour was anti-business, insisting it was...

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Business West welcomes another fall in unemployment – but calls on politicians to focus on full recovery

February 18, 2015
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Business West welcomes another fall in unemployment – but calls on politicians to focus on full recovery

Swindon firms are greeting positive economic news, such as the latest fall in unemployment, with “faint alarm bells rather than celebratory cheers”, according to the region’s largest business organisation. Business West, which runs the Swindon Initiative, said politicians should now focus on the “significant hurdles” that remained to achieving a lasting recovery. Today’s figures...

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This year’s Business Show Swindon on track to be biggest so far

February 16, 2015
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This year’s Business Show Swindon on track to be biggest so far

The Business Show Swindon returns for its fifth year in April with organisers Business West promising an event that will showcase the town’s go-ahead businesses and offer a range of support for anyone starting or growing a business. Staged again at the town’s STEAM railway museum, it will provide a platform for firms to...

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A driving force for good – the Swindon social enterprise that’s marking 10 years in business

February 9, 2015
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A driving force for good – the Swindon social enterprise that’s marking 10 years in business

Akcess, the Swindon-based community transport company, is using its 10th anniversary to prove that not-for-profit businesses can thrive in highly-competitive markets. The community interest company (CIC) specialises in special needs school transport and transport for wheelchair users and elderly people with mobility problems. For the past decade it has made operating for the good...

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Search gets under way to find the South West’s top business leaders

February 9, 2015
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Search gets under way to find the South West’s top business leaders

Firms in the Swindon area are being urged to enter one of the region’s top award schemes showcasing excellence and enterprise in business. The prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2015 seek to recognise outstanding business people and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region. Award nominations are...

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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

January 16, 2015
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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

Alternative finance provider South West Investment Group (SWIG) has appointed two non-executive directors to the board of its fund-holding arm as it looks to raise its profile in the West of England. Malachy McReynolds and Graham Miller join the existing directors at the group which since 1996 has invested £15m in to more than...

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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the latest business survey by Business...

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Electric van idea takes off at Bristol Airport as it prepares to launch range of Green Capital projects

January 6, 2015
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Electric van idea takes off at Bristol Airport as it prepares to launch range of Green Capital projects

Bristol Airport has acquired an electric van for use by its IT team as the first of a number of initiatives supporting the city’s year as European Green Capital. The Nissan e-NV200 is the first 100% electric-powered vehicle on the 176-hectare site. It has been bought with support from TravelWest, the organisation that promotes...

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MBEs for North Wiltshire social housing champion and master arrowsmith in New Year Honours

December 31, 2014
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MBEs for North Wiltshire social housing champion and master arrowsmith in New Year Honours

North Wiltshire businessman and social housing champion David Ashmore and master arrowsmith Hector Cole have been appointed MBEs in the New Year Honours list. Mr Ashmore, pictured, a board member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and until January 2013 chief executive of housing group Greensquare, was recognised for “services to housing...

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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

December 29, 2014
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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

Ian Larrard, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative at Business West, looks back at the past 12 months and considers why next year’s General Election is set to be one of the most important in recent memory. “The noise and glare of fireworks this New Year must not mask the fact that we...

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