Green/sustainable business

Beard and Good Energy fly flag for Wiltshire in prestigious Business of the Year Awards

July 3, 2014
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Beard and Good Energy fly flag for Wiltshire in prestigious Business of the Year Awards

Beard, the Swindon-based construction group, and Chippenham green energy pioneer Good Energy will find out next week if they have joined the ranks of the West of England’s top companies by winning the region’s most-coveted business award. The firms are among the six finalists competing for the prestigious title of West of England Business...

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Firms urged to reuse and recycle to boost Swindon’s Scrapstore

June 26, 2014
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Firms urged to reuse and recycle to boost Swindon’s Scrapstore

Swindon businesses will be encouraged to save money and support charity by reusing and recycling at a presentation next week from Scrapstore, one of the town’s leading environmental projects. Scrapstore, a registered charity, was set up in 1985 to offers clean, quality, low-cost resources for reuse in creative and educational play. Scrapstore project manager...

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UK’s first Export Fair will showcase overseas trading opportunities for Swindon businesses

June 26, 2014
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UK’s first Export Fair will showcase overseas trading opportunities for Swindon businesses

Firms from Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to visit the UK’s first Export Fair, which is being staged in the South West tomorrow, as a first step to doing business abroad. Organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Business West, the Export Fair supports the recent International Festival of Business, which put...

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High-value manufacturing can give Swindon bright future, says LEP report

June 19, 2014
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High-value manufacturing can give Swindon bright future, says LEP report

Swindon and Wiltshire can develop a vibrant and innovative manufacturing sector based on high-growth areas such as renewable energy and waste, sustainable materials and biosciences, according to a major new report. The area’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has drawn up a ‘2026’ vision for a thriving economy which emphasises the benefits brought by a...

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Govt. pledges to invest further £200m in high-growth and innovative businesses

June 19, 2014
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Govt. pledges to invest further £200m in high-growth and innovative businesses

Ambitious Swindon and Wiltshire businesses were today urged to bid for a share of a £200m investment pot – the latest phase of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). Firms applying for round six of the RGF, launched today by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will be following in the footsteps of businesses such...

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Sunny start for Good Energy’s Dorset solar farm

June 18, 2014
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Sunny start for Good Energy’s Dorset solar farm

Good Energy, the fast-growing, Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier, has started producing and exporting electricity to the national grid from its first solar farm in Dorset. The 5MW site is Good Energy’s first solar farm and will generate enough electricity for around 1,300 homes. Planning permission for the site was received at the end of...

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Green accolade recognises Swindon’s Brunel shopping centre’s efforts to cut waste

June 12, 2014
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Green accolade recognises Swindon’s Brunel shopping centre’s efforts to cut waste

The Brunel shopping centre in Swindon has become one of only a few retail schemes in the UK to gain silver status in the Green Achiever scheme which is designed to help businesses boost their green credentials and reduce their environmental impact. The 550,000 sq ft centre, which gained the award at the first...

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Wiltshire firms in running for prestigious West Business of the Year Award

June 9, 2014
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Wiltshire firms in running for prestigious West Business of the Year Award

Swindon-based construction group Beard and Chippenham green energy pioneer Good Energy are among the six finalists competing for the coveted title of West of England Business of the Year. Beard missed out on what is widely-regarded as the region’s most-prestigious business accolade last year while, for Good Energy, it is the fast-growing firm’s first...

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LEP funding for businesses spurs growth and job creation

May 29, 2014
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LEP funding for businesses spurs growth and job creation

Eleven firms have received grant funding worth a total of £348,000 from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to spur their growth and boost employment. According to the LEP, the funding – the second round of its Gateway for Growth grant scheme – will inject £10m into the local economy and create...

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New bank funding puts waste handler Grist Group on road to further growth

May 7, 2014
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New bank funding puts waste handler Grist Group on road to further growth

Waste management company Grist Group is targeting growth after making a number of investments in the business including new plant, machinery and land. The Devizes business has recently installed one of the UK’s largest baling machines to compress recycled material so that it can be transported more efficiently. It has also acquired the Chivers...

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