Green/sustainable business

Come on you greens! Good Energy teams up with Chippenham Town FC for sustainable power result

February 3, 2019
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Come on you greens! Good Energy teams up with Chippenham Town FC for sustainable power result

Green energy group Good Energy has signed a deal with its hometown football club Chippenham Town to enable it to switch to 100% renewable power. Under the contract, the National League South club – nicknamed The Bluebirds – will have its 3,000-capacity Hardenhuish Park stadium powered for 33 months from sustainable sources. It is the...

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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

January 8, 2019
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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

Swindon-born Countdown presenter Nick Hewer is to host this year’s South West Fair Trade Business Awards. Nick, pictured, who was also Sir Alan Sugar’s former right-hand man on The Apprentice, is a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation. He will help present the awards – now in their...

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Fair Trade Business Awards return to showcase the South West’s top ethical firms

December 18, 2018
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Fair Trade Business Awards return to showcase the South West’s top ethical firms

Swindon firms that make ethical business a priority by selling or using Fairtrade products are to be championed in a unique annual awards scheme that is about to return for its seventh year. The South West Fair Trade Business Awards recognise the contribution that businesses, organisations and institutes across the region make in support...

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‘Utter dismay’ among Swindon bosses at latest Brexit delay, says Business West

December 11, 2018
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‘Utter dismay’ among Swindon bosses at latest Brexit delay, says Business West

Company bosses from Swindon and across the West of England are “intensely frustrated” with the latest delay affecting Brexit, according to the region’s largest business organisation. Business West – which runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative – said time was now running out for a managed departure from the EU as a result of...

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Business West warns of looming prospect of ‘tremendously damaging’ no deal Brexit

November 15, 2018
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Business West warns of looming prospect of ‘tremendously damaging’ no deal Brexit

The West of England’s largest business organisation today urged “calm compromise” from politicians over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan to avoid what it said would be the “tremendously damaging” impact of the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal. Business West – which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative – said...

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Firms pledge to support region’s young people at The Prince’s Trust annual Red Dinner

November 6, 2018
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Firms pledge to support region’s young people at The Prince’s Trust annual Red Dinner

Businesses and philanthropists from across the South West will come together this Thursday to help raise vital funds for its young people.  The annual Prince’s Trust Red Dinner has raised more than £650,000 since it was launched seven years ago, with all the proceeds going toward helping young people across the South West. This...

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Support and inspiration on the agenda as Festival of Female Entrepreneurs heads West again

October 16, 2018
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Support and inspiration on the agenda as Festival of Female Entrepreneurs heads West again

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs is staged in the West of England this week for its seventh year to once again support women to build and grow sustainable businesses. Hundreds of women self-starters are expected to attend the day-long event in Bristol this Friday, October 19, to hear, learn from and be inspired by...

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Industry expert brings international experience to energy management consultancy

October 8, 2018
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Industry expert brings international experience to energy management consultancy

Specialist energy management firm SMARTech energy has appointed Abhiram Mokasdar as lead energy consultant to support its growth ambitions.   Abhiram, pictured, completed his master’s degree in mechanical engineering in the US and joins Corsham-based SMARTech energy from India-based DRA Consultants, where he was the senior mechanical engineer working within India’s energy and water...

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Business growth programme crafts new opportunities for ethical furniture firm

August 24, 2018
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Business growth programme crafts new opportunities for ethical furniture firm

A sustainable craft firm that uses ethically-sourced timber to create furniture for major companies such as restaurant chain Nando’s is securing new commissions after taking part in a business growth scheme. From its workshop in Bowden Hill, near the Wiltshire National Trust village of Lacock, Forest to Home handcrafts dining tables and other furniture...

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More time to get happy as deadline extended for awards that showcase region’s enlightened workplaces

August 16, 2018
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More time to get happy as deadline extended for awards that showcase region’s enlightened workplaces

Forward-thinking Swindon firms that put their staff’s wellbeing front and centre now have more time to enter the South West’s only awards that champion workplace happiness. The deadline for the competition, now in its fourth year, has been extended into next month due to an unprecedented number of entrants.  The South West Happiest Workplace...

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