Green/sustainable business

Good Energy appoints new directors as it powers ahead with growth strategy

January 31, 2014
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Good Energy appoints new directors as it powers ahead with growth strategy

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier, has appointed experienced insurance industry finance director Denise Cockrem as its chief financial officer. Ms Cockrem, who takes up the post on May 1, is currently UK & Western Europe Finance director at multinational insurance group RSA. Prior to joining RSA in 2006 she was finance director...

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Solar farm helps Honda drive down energy costs and CO2 emissions at its Swindon plant

January 28, 2014
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Carbon dioxide emissions from car giant Honda’s Swindon plant have fallen by almost 2,000 tonnes since it installed a solar array. The Japanese group said the 21,000 ground-mounted panels covering 32 acres generated 4.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy in its first year, equivalent to 4.4% of the site’s total annual electricity requirement....

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Fairtrade Business Awards aim to recognise Swindon’s responsible firms

January 27, 2014
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Fairtrade Business Awards aim to recognise Swindon’s responsible firms

Firms with a conscience are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2014 before this Friday’s deadline. Now in their second year, the awards recognise and showcase the efforts of businesses across the region which use Fairtrade products and support fair and ethical business practices. Each of the six categories has...

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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

January 24, 2014
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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

Accountants PwC have launched their annual search for the region’s best companies with the 2014 West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Previous winners of the awards, now in their 26th year, read like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected companies, including Dyson, MITIE and,...

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Top billing for Good Energy in Which? report as it takes on the utility giants

January 21, 2014
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Top billing for Good Energy in Which? report as it takes on the utility giants

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based green energy group, has been awarded top slot in consumer group Which?’s annual energy company satisfaction survey for the third year in a row. The survey covers customers’ views on service, value for money, accuracy and clarity of bills, complaints and energy saving – and Good Energy scored a five-star...

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Work on UK’s biggest solar farm powers ahead thanks to Thrings and WebbPaton

January 6, 2014
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Work on UK’s biggest solar farm powers ahead thanks to Thrings and WebbPaton

Construction work has started on the UK’s largest solar power farm, thanks to the latest collaboration between law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, and Royal Wootton Bassett-based land agency WebbPaton. Agricultural land specialists at Thrings and WebbPaton acted on behalf of the landowner of the 230-acre site near Didcot, including...

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New Year’s Honours for Swindon business figures

December 31, 2013
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New Year’s Honours for Swindon business figures

Some of the most influential business people in the Swindon area have been recognised in today’s New Year’s Honours list. Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, pictured, who chose Swindon for his first pioneering sustainable low-cost housing development, has been honoured for services to sustainable living and energy saving with the MBE. Mr McCloud’s passion...

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Free smartcard scheme is just the ticket to get commuters out of their cars and on the buses

December 31, 2013
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Free smartcard scheme is just the ticket to get commuters out of their cars and on the buses

Car commuters in Swindon are being offered free smartcards to persuade them to try the journey to work by bus in the New Year. Swindon Travel Choices, the organisation that promotes alternative methods of travel into the town centre, is offering the cards for use on Thamesdown Transport and Stagecoach during January and February....

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Top UK ranking for Swindon housing group GreenSquare

December 31, 2013
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Top UK ranking for Swindon housing group GreenSquare

GreenSquare, the Swindon-based social housing group, has been placed among the top five housing associations in the UK. It is the only South West-based housing association to be included in the list, compiled by leading industry magazine 24housing and the Housing Quality Network (HQN). GreenSquare came in at number five in the rankings, based...

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Legal challenge to Good Energy’s Dorset solar scheme

December 30, 2013
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Legal challenge to Good Energy’s Dorset solar scheme

Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier Good Energy is taking legal advice following a challenge to its plans to build a 28 megawatt (MW) solar energy site in East Dorset. The firm, which received planning consent for the project in November, said it understood a claim had been submitted to the Administrative Court for a judicial...

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