Green/sustainable business

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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High-profile speaker line-up announced for Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

August 25, 2017
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High-profile speaker line-up announced for Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

Branding, exporting and the challenges of being a woman boss in the male-dominated world of professional football are among the issues that will be showcased at this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs in Bristol. The event, staged by small business support group Enterprise Nation on October 20, has become the largest of its kind...

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Sparks fly between green energy rivals as meeting date is set to resolve power battle

August 14, 2017
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Sparks fly between green energy rivals as meeting date is set to resolve power battle

Chippenham-based renewable energy firm Good Energy today formally called on its shareholders to reject a move by arch-rival Ecotricity to put two directors on its board as it announced the date of special meeting to resolve their increasingly bitter power struggle. Good Energy’s board used a note to shareholders alerting them of the meeting...

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