Green/sustainable business

B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

October 7, 2021
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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has been certified as a B Corporation, joining an elite, forward-looking global community that balances profit with people and the planet. The B Corp movement encourages organisations to take an ethical approach to business to make a positive difference in the world.  To gain its certification, businesses...

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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

October 3, 2021
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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

The South West’s key sectors could suffer irreparable damage unless the government starts to tackle the shortage of workers by easing EU visa restrictions, the region’s business leaders today warned. But even providing temporary visas for jobs such as drivers and food workers would only be a short-term measure and ministers must also come...

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Bristol Airport trials electric bus to help deliver on its plan to be Net Zero by the 2030

October 1, 2021
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Bristol Airport trials electric bus to help deliver on its plan to be Net Zero by the 2030

Passengers boarding flights at Bristol Airport are travelling between the terminal and their plane by electric bus in the latest trial scheme to reduce its emissions. The airport announced its ambition last month to become Net Zero by 2030. If it is successful, Bristol would be the first UK airport to do so. Bristol said...

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Business West hoping its Great British food export platform tastes success in global Chamber awards

September 26, 2021
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Business West hoping its Great British food export platform tastes success in global Chamber awards

A scheme originally set up by regional group Business West to help food firms from across the South West sell abroad is competing for a prestigious international award. The online platform’s aim was initially to close the exporting gap with other UK regions.  Now rebranded as The Great British Food Programme, it has evolved...

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Gas price crisis proves market needs urgent shake-up, says renewable energy firm boss

September 20, 2021
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Gas price crisis proves market needs urgent shake-up, says renewable energy firm boss

The chief executive of Wiltshire green utility business Good Energy, one of the UK’s oldest 100% renewable power suppliers, today called for major reforms to the crisis-hit energy market as consumers face soaring bills and food shortages and rival firms teeter on the edge of insolvency. Nigel Pocklington, pictured, of Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy said the “risky approach”...

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Ecotricity offer for rival Good Energy lacking power as owners of just 1.8% shares give their backing

September 5, 2021
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Ecotricity offer for rival Good Energy lacking power as owners of just 1.8% shares give their backing

Green power supplier Good Energy looks to have repelled the latest takeover approach from arch-rival Ecotricity after it emerged that holders of just 1.8% of its shares have accepted the offer. Ecotricity already had 4,169,948 shares in Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy -  equivalent to a 25.1% stake – before pouncing for a fourth time in...

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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

August 25, 2021
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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

Directors in the Swindon area are being invited to enter the top regional awards scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards seek to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sectors.  Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in...

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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

August 20, 2021
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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

The takeover battle between renewable power providers Good Energy and Ecotricity became a war of words this week as the arch-rivals became locked in heated exchanges over the merits of the move. Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy has repeatedly rejected Ecotricity’s advances – the latest valuing it at £59.6m.  But yesterday Good Energy chair Will Whitehorn...

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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

August 20, 2021
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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a wave of innovation among businesses in Swindon and across the South West, with nearly half saying they pivoted their operations to survive. According to a new Lloyds Bank survey, 46% of firms in the region they were forced to become more creative and innovative in finding new areas of growth. ...

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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

August 20, 2021
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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

The government’s long-awaited strategy for the UK’s burgeoning hydrogen sector – which it says could create thousands of sustainable jobs and unlock billions of pounds of investment – has been welcomed by the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, believes the West of England can be a...

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