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Business News

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and events about how being in Somerset can help your business grow - and provide the lifestyle that you and your family deserve.

Here you will find business success stories, key business networking events and more.

Renewables News

6/11/12

 

Somerset’s inward investment organisation, Somerset 3D, appoints Lovington’s Ice Cream and Perry’s Cider as new brand ambassadors, boosting the county’s already impressive food and drink credentials.

30/6/11

Somerset businesses and those looking to move to the county have heard from the a top civil servant at the Department for Energy and Climate Change that the low carbon renaissance provides a “fantastic business opportunity”.

Hergen Haye told around 200 delegates at the low carbon conference in Somerset at the end of May that cutting carbon emissions and saving energy provides the county with “a huge challenge and fantastic business opportunity”.

30/6/11

South West waste company Viridor has shortlisted two companies for the process contracts for its state-of-the-art food waste anaerobic digestion facility in Somerset.

One of the biggest companies in the sector, Viridor is investing in the existing Walpole facility near Bridgwater, with final contract selection next month and work expected to start in the autumn.

Once up and running, the AD facility will process approximately 30,000 tonnes of food waste every year, generating 1.5MW electricity – enough to power around 2,200 homes.

28/6/11

Worthy Farm’s huge PV array is thought to be the biggest in the country and it came into good use over the weekend for Glastonbury, the world’s biggest music festival.

With 177,000 fewer people on Worthy Farm in Somerset, life is slowly getting back to normal for Glastonbury this week.

It’ll take around a month for the site to return to normal grazing pastures, with a huge clean-up operation in full swing. A total of 139,000 people attended the Festival as ticket holders – a further 38,000 performers, support staff and security personnel were also on site.

27/6/11

A Somerset company is revolutionising the plastics industry with a new product that can replace traditional uses of polyethylene – and now they’re looking to expand across Europe.

Aquapak has spent 20 years in R&D to produce a recyclable, biodegradable, compostable polymer film (Enviroplax™) that is able to replace polyethylene, polypropylene and other mainstream commodity polymers.

The result is a material whose technical attributes far surpass traditional environmentally ‘unfriendly’ plastics.

19/5/11

An entrepreneur is working with Bridgwater College to develop a new system of growing protected crops commercially, resulting in a much lower energy demand, carbon footprint and water consumption than that from traditional techniques.

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Prakash Kumar is a London-based entrepreneur who spotted a gap in the market for a better way to grow crops in glasshouses.

18/5/11

A Somerset biomass company, expanding rapidly all over the world, is exhibiting at the Somerset in Business Conference next week.

Last month, we reported on how Woodpecker Energy UK has been working at the Osprey Quay Olympic Sailing Village in Portland, where the company has installed three large-scale Thermon biomass boilers - two with an output of 150kW each, and another with an output of 200kW. The boilers will power a district heating system for the accommodation block, which will host up to 400 international athletes, sailors, coaches and officials.

9/3/11

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay and creates a powerful economic alliance.

With a diverse economy, our area has many strengths, including, outstanding expertise in low carbon energy generation (notably nuclear power and renewables), the defence sector, marine and maritime industries.

9/3/11

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay and creates a powerful economic alliance.

With a diverse economy, our area has many strengths, including, outstanding expertise in low carbon energy generation (notably nuclear power and renewables), the defence sector, marine and maritime industries.

25/2/11

Environmental iNet and EDF Energy are supporting the Somerset in Business Conference, this year with a low carbon energy generation theme, as the county increases its reputation as a thriving economy specialising in, among other things, environmental technologies.

The funding is part of a national programme to encourage growth in the low carbon energy sector and support businesses involved in the development of the green economy.

iNet South West is funded by £13m from the South West RDA and the European Regional Development Fund, amongst others.