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UK smart water saving outfit i2O secures £8m to expand business

i2O Water, the UK cleantech firm that is helping utilities plug the leaks in their water supply networks, says it has secured a further £8 million to expand the business at home and abroad.

RBS search for energy saving solutions leads to trial of simple radiator heating controller

An eight-month search by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to find and showcase innovative energy saving solutions invented by UK and international small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has led the bank to trial a simple, radiator heating control device in its buildings.

Adnams bosses to forego bonuses as part of sustainability drive

Bosses at Adnams, the environment-friendly Southwold-based independent brewer, are to forego some of their bonuses in an effort to raise the salaries of the lowest paid workers in the company.

£30m third sector fund unlocks “game-changing” lending from Santander bank

A new multi-million specialist loan fund has secured what is believed to be the biggest commercial lending investment from one of the high street banks for UK charities and social enterprises.

Bigger renewable subsidy budget for CfDs won't help solar or SMEs, says industry

The Government on Thursday outlined plans to provide £300 million worth of support subsidies to the renewable power industry this autumn but has angered the solar industry and been accused of not providing value for money.

Weak financials and exposure to flooding putting thousands of UK SMEs at risk

Tens of thousands of small businesses in the UK are at potential risk of failure because they face a double-headed danger of weak financials and increased risk of flooding, new research shows.

Cleantech start-up hits crowdfunding target on Crowdcube in record time

A world record has been set for cleantech funding by UK start-up, Powervault, which secured funding on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to develop its innovative domestic energy storage devices.

Businesses could boost productivity by encouraging cycling and walking to work

Environmental charities and sustainability experts are calling on company bosses to encourage their staff to walk and cycle to work and reap the rewards of a more productive workforce.

Unilever sponsors first tech start-up sustainability 'hackathon'

Over £30,000 ($50,000) is on the table for tech start-ups striving to address sustainability in the first such venture to be sponsored by Unilever.

Half of Brits want businesses to have to report on their social and environmental impact

More than half of Britons want to see businesses legally obliged to report on the on the positive and negative impact they have on society or the communities in which they operate, results of a nationwide survey released today reveal.

Small businesses hit by ongoing Green Deal payment delays

Small businesses say they continue to be left out of pocket and are facing job losses in the debacle following the sudden closure of a multi-million pound cashback scheme to drive take up of the Green Deal, the Government’s beleaguered energy efficiency programme.

Going overground: Kensa goes on the road to "demystify" ground source heat pumps

Following the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the release of a landmark new heat pump model, Cornwall-based Kensa Heat Pumps is going on the road to "demystify" ground source heat pump technology. Thomas McMullan finds out more.

Energy efficiency: small businesses need more help and incentives to go green

Rising energy costs are barrier to growth for most small businesses, so why aren't they getting more help and support from Government and energy companies to go green, asks Mike Cherry is Federation of Small Businesses national policy chairman.

Renewable energy toolkit for SMEs launches

A renewable energy toolkit has launched to help small businesses benefit from the "significant opportunities" presented by the demand for green technologies in the UK's low carbon built environment supply chain.

Community green energy projects blocked by FCA

The future of community-owned green energy projects that Ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the 'Big Six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party.


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