Green/sustainable business

Coveted innovation award shortlisting for CMS SupaTrak

October 17, 2016
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Coveted innovation award shortlisting for CMS SupaTrak

CMS SupaTrak, the Swindon-based specialist software firm, has been shortlisted for a top national innovation accolade in the waste management industry.  The firm’s appearance as a finalist in the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) Sustainability & Resource Awards – which champion outstanding achievements in the sustainability, resource and waste industry – comes hot...

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Be inspired at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

October 16, 2016
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Be inspired at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England next Friday for its fifth year, bringing together some of the UK’s most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders and brightest start-ups to provide detailed insight for starting and scaling a business. The jam-packed programme at the At-Bristol science centre includes:  Julie Deane, who...

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Businesses should show benefits of immigration in post-Brexit Britain, CBI president tells West bosses

October 7, 2016
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Businesses should show benefits of immigration in post-Brexit Britain, CBI president tells West bosses

The president of the CBI has urged West business leaders to press for a ‘soft’ Brexit with full access to the European Single Market and to also counter the view that immigration is bad for the UK. Paul Drechsler CBE told the South West CBI annual dinner that he was “fed up” with business...

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CBI president and new regional chair to speak at its annual South West dinner

September 29, 2016
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CBI president and new regional chair to speak at its annual South West dinner

Business leaders from Swindon and across the West of England will get their first chance to hear the views of the CBI’s recently appointed president and its incoming regional chair at the organisation’s annual dinner next week. The event is traditionally a high point of the region’s business calendar, attracting hundreds of senior businessmen...

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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Full programme

September 22, 2016
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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Full programme

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England next month for its fifth year, with a jam-packed programme featuring amazing entrepreneurs and inspirational start-ups. Among those taking part will be Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, tech entrepreneur Alex Depledge and Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress.  Panels will cover subjects...

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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Start-Up Award ready to showcase up-and-coming business talent

September 22, 2016
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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Start-Up Award ready to showcase up-and-coming business talent

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs (FFE) is on the look-out for up-and-coming female business talent to enter its annual awards as it prepares to return to the West of England for a fifth year. The FFE, organised by small business support group Enterprise Nation, stages its high-profile annual event at At-Bristol on October 21....

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Green light for Hinkley C nuclear plant is bad move, says Wiltshire renewable energy boss

September 16, 2016
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Green light for Hinkley C nuclear plant is bad move, says Wiltshire renewable energy boss

The founder of North Wiltshire renewable energy group Good Energy has slammed the government’s decision to go ahead with the much-delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project. Juliet Davenport OBE, who built Chippenham-based Good Energy from scratch in 1999 into one of the largest businesses of its kind with a £37m market value, described...

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Boost for Swindon renewable energy firm as offshore wind farm’s electrical system gets green light

September 14, 2016
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Boost for Swindon renewable energy firm as offshore wind farm’s electrical system gets green light

A major offshore wind farm devised by Swindon-based RWE Innogy UK 13 years ago has moved a step closer to coming on stream. The electrical system for the Triton Knoll scheme – one of the UK’s largest planned offshore wind farms – has been approved, paving the way for it to move to the next...

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Pop-up shop scheme launched to widen Swindon town centre’s retail mix

September 2, 2016
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Pop-up shop scheme launched to widen Swindon town centre’s retail mix

Independent retailers are being given the chance to open pop-up shops in Swindon town centre – potentially boosting their business and improving the area’s retail mix at the same time. Swindon’s central shopping area has a higher-than-average number of empty store units while also lacking shops selling artisan goods and gifts, medium to high-end...

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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

September 2, 2016
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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

Confidence among West of England firms has slumped to its lowest level since 2012 as they continue to react to the EU referendum, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM), which gauges how businesses view the economic prospects facing them over coming year, shows confidence falling into negative...

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