Green/sustainable business

Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

December 10, 2013
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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

The Manufacturing Advisory Service has appointed a supply chain specialist in the South West to ensure that manufacturers gain a significant share of the lucrative opportunities presented by the UK’s burgeoning offshore wind market. Nick Kirsop-Taylor, pictured, will help firms tap into the recently-launched £20m GROW:OffshoreWind service that supports companies looking to break into...

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Govt’s wind turbine planning changes could be big blow to badly-needed schemes

December 9, 2013
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Govt’s wind turbine planning changes could be big blow to badly-needed schemes

A West of England property expert is warning that Government plans to give communities a greater say over wind turbine proposals are deeply flawed and could scupper many small schemes. James Davis, pictured, who heads the regionally-based planning team at national property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall, fears the changes will make smaller renewable energy schemes...

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Growing use of innovation that turns waste into compost

December 3, 2013
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Growing use of innovation that turns waste into compost

Green innovation that replaces chemical fertilisers with compost produced from waste will be explained at a lecture in Swindon next week. Devizes-based organisation Land Network will explain how it is helping farmers across the UK and beyond use compost made from waste while helping towards reducing the country’s carbon footprint. Ray Lewington, chairman of...

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Second Green Apple award for pioneering print firm

December 3, 2013
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Second Green Apple award for pioneering print firm

Wiltshire printer Park Lane Press has won its second Green Apple Award in recognition of its firm commitment to environmental standards. The Corsham-based firm was presented with the award at a ceremony in the House of Commons. The awards, which champion Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities, are co-ordinated by The Green Organisation, an...

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Hills Group strikes gold in South West PRide Awards

November 26, 2013
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Hills Group strikes gold in South West PRide Awards

The in-house magazine produced by Hills, the Marlborough-based waste, recycling and housebuilding group, has landed a major regional PR award. intouch won gold in the Best Internal Publication category in the 2013 South West Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards, staged last Friday in Bristol. More than 220 guests attended the black-tie...

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New dual-fuel trucks help Howard Tenens in its drive towards carbon reduction

November 26, 2013
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New dual-fuel trucks help Howard Tenens in its drive towards carbon reduction

Logistics group Howard Tenens, which has major operations in Swindon, has reinforced its commitment to cutting carbon emissions and operating in a sustainable way by buying 36 dual-fuel trucks this year. The vehicles, which use compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel, are among 42 new trucks bought this year by the group. Their arrival...

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Row as RWE pulls plug on offshore wind farm

November 26, 2013
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Row as RWE pulls plug on offshore wind farm

Swindon-based energy giant RWE Innogy is under fire today for scrapping plans for a huge wind farm off the north Devon coast. The German-owned group, which has its UK head office in Swindon, has pulled the plug on the 240-turbine Atlantic Array project, claiming it is uneconomic. The scheme, which had not yet received...

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Government urges automotive firms to fuel drive towards low-carbon motoring

November 12, 2013
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Government urges automotive firms to fuel drive towards low-carbon motoring

A £75m fund has been launched to challenge UK automotive firms to come up with engine technologies that will make cars more energy efficient and ultimately change the way we drive. The scheme, launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable, is aimed at helping UK businesses make and test low-carbon technologies that will keep the...

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Swindon sets off on road to become UK’s leading hydrogen-powered town

October 29, 2013
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Swindon sets off on road to become UK’s leading hydrogen-powered town

An ambitious action programme has been launched in Swindon is to position the town as the UK’s centre of excellence for hydrogen technology. The potential of the ‘energy of the future’ will be harnessed in a wide range of initiatives spanning the use of hydrogen to power fork-lift trucks in the town’s warehouses and...

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Innovative tyre pressure monitor is just the ticket for Thamesdown Transport

October 29, 2013
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Innovative tyre pressure monitor is just the ticket for Thamesdown Transport

Passengers and drivers on Swindon-based Thamesdown Transport’s buses are enjoying a safer and greener ride following the firm’s pioneering use of an innovative device that monitors tyre pressure. The ground-breaking system installed at Thamesdown Transport’s depot does away with the need for manual checking. Instead the firm’s maintenance team simply drives its buses over...

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