Do you attend our monthly Low Carbon Business Breakfasts in Bath?
We are in the process of reviewing the format of the events and are very keen to hear your views.
We have created an online survey that is quick and easy to fill out. We really do appreciate your feedback as we want to offer a useful event that will be relevant and well-attended in the future, so please be honest! Many thanks to everyone who has completed it so far.
The Schumacher Institute is offering the opportunity to participate in a course on 'systems thinking' in a sequence of residential workshops.
Through the four two-day workshops of this course, spread over 6months, you will learn what ‘systems thinking' means. You will be introduced to different methods of applying systems thinking, testing these through practical action. Supported by your fellow learners, you will experiment with ways to act more effectively in the world, discovering more systemic ways to achieve your aspirations.
The course takes place in the lovely surroundings of Hawkwood College, near Stroud, GL6 7QW. The first workshop will be on 18th and 19th November 2013, with subsequent workshops in January, March and May 2014. The fee is £680 for the course itself, while the charge for accommodation and food at Hawkwood College, for all four workshops, is just £300.
The course is led by Martin Sandbrook, MA, MBA, MSc, Director of Learning at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems in Bristol.
Influenced by EF Schumacher's statement that ‘our task is to look at the world and see it whole', Martin draws on his experience in the management of organisations and of university teaching, to understand and apply systems thinking.
Full information is available on the Schumacher Institute website. For further information or to apply, please contact
OggaDoon PR and Media was chosen by Bristol solar City to deliver its PR and media for the launch and inaugural solar hub exhibition in June this year.
The working group received unparalleled media attention with multiple interviews with sector and local press including a live Q&A on the Steve Le Fevre show at BBC Radio Bristol.
James Lancaster and Kerry Burns, from Bristol Solar City, shared the radio duties with interviews broadcast across the region's airwaves on Jack FM, Breeze FM, BCFM, Ujima Radio and BBC Radio Bristol. As a result, Bristol Solar City has made international news with articles and interest from Spain, China and Australia as well as other UK cities. In addition, it was launched across social media channels with the mix of debates, entertainment and exhibitors capturing a wider audience to embrace solar power in their homes and at work.
"We could not have asked for a better start to our project in raising awareness of our ambition of 1GW solar PV installed by 2020," said James Lancaster, chair of Bristol Solar City, "Caroline's creativity and drive paid dividends straight away and the level of interest we have received has been beyond our expectations".
Bristol Solar City is continuing to engage with individuals, businesses, councils and community groups in an collaborative push to achieve its 1 GW ambition
Plans to revolutionise the North and South Quays in the city of Bath are being developed by Bath & North East Somerset Council in a bid to create the Bath Innovation Quay, a business location for the growing ICT, low carbon and creative sectors within the city.
The development, which the Council will be encouraging to come forward by around the start of 2019, would create 2,500 new jobs and provide a £100 million boost to the local economy.
Councillor Paul Crossley, Leader of B&NES Council, said, "The prospect of having hi-tech businesses, University research facilities, and places for people to live combining with the buzz of the city and World Heritage Site is simply mouth-watering in terms of opportunities for local people and prosperity for our area. A healthy, smart, zero carbon development will be created that will become the hub for imagination and creativity not just regionally, but worldwide as we take the area's internationally respected reputation for digital expertise to the next level."
The University of Bath Innovation Centre, based at Carpenter House (pictured) is a core component of the plans - Dr Rob Head, Director of Research Development and Support at the University, said: "Our strong and successful programmes convinced us of the potential to build on these achievements and establish what we have termed our ‘Innovation Campus'. We have been working with the Council on these plans and I am delighted to see this important progress towards creating around 2,500 high technology related jobs within Bath."
The University of Bath Innovation Centre, as part of the SETsquared partnership, was recently voted best university business incubation organisation in Europe and 4th in the world and offers a world class package including networking, mentoring and training in business skills, innovation and entrepreneurship which attracts significant numbers of attendees from overseas. It is also the venue for the monthly Low Carbon Business Breakfast, a regular networking event organised by Low Carbon South West.
The search is on for the South West's brightest sparks, innovative entrepreneurs and businesses with the drive and determination to take their idea to international success.
Do you know any candidates with the ambition and potential to become the next Born Global winner? The Born Global 2013 competition offers applicants the opportunity to get the boost needed to turn new product ideas, innovative solutions or services into a global reality.
The great thing about Born Global is that there are no losers; everyone who enters will go on a journey that will support their international aspirations and accelerate their global take off. We have a fantastic array of International Business Support, Consultancy and Cash to award to the Born Global 2013 winners.
The organisers are also looking for sponsors to join them as they start their Born Global journey, and by joining them, you will be part of one of the largest regional business competitions in the UK and get your message out to thousands of companies.