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Free climate change adaptation advice available

25.10.2013

A changing climate will affect your business. Adverse and severe weather conditions can leave a business vulnerable to risks. The good news is there is currently a support package available for companies wishing to prepare.

The Centre for Business and Climate Solutions at the University of Exeter has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund to provide up to 2 days Climate Assist package for businesses based in the South West, at no cost to your business. To find out if you are eligible for the funding, please visit their website. Research & development, technical advice and practical support packages are available at a competitive rate.
 
Great opportunity for industry to forge links with the University of Bristol

25.10.2013

Are you an IT or engineering company working in the low carbon sector?

You may be interested to hear more about the Univeristy of Bristol's Industrial Mentoring Scheme, through which they provide all of their first year engineering students with an industrial mentor.

Students engaging with their mentors at Bristol University

There are a huge number of enthusiastic and ambitious engineering students that are very keen to engage with you! Last year the Bristol Industrial Mentoring Scheme proved very successful in helping students to see the connection between their academic study and the engineering workplace, inspiring them to consider careers in engineering, particularly in the low carbon sector. You can see more information on the scheme here and you can also download this information sheet.

The scheme is a great way to raise your organisation's profile with the University's high calibre students and begin to develop long-term relationships with them. There are also other ways in which you can engage with the Faculty of Engineering and if you would like to find out more about other Industrial Liaison Office initiatives, please see the following webpage - http://www.bris.ac.uk/engineering/ilo/partners/index.html

If you would like your company to get involved in working with the Faculty, please contact John McWilliams, Industrial Liaison Manager This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Gregg Latchams named firm of the year at prestigious local law awards

24.10.2013

Gregg Latchams win Law firm of the Year 2013

Gregg Latchams LLP has been awarded Law Firm of the Year (under 15 partners) at this year's Bristol Law Society Awards.

The prestigious title was awarded in recognition of the firm's commitment to developing services specifically targeted to the needs of its clients and the business community, including its innovative In-house Lawyer service which offers SMEs access to legal services for an annual fixed fee which was launched last year.

Ed Boal, from the firm's Commercial and Corporate team, was also shortlisted for Junior Lawyer of the Year.

Gregg Latchams, based in Queen Square, offers a broad range of services including Corporate and Commercial, Commercial and Residential Property, Litigation, Family, Criminal Defence, Green and Debt Law, to businesses in sectors from Property to Manufacturing, Food and Drink to Technology, Media and Education.

When presented with the award particular mention was made of the firm's innovative Green Law initiative, which has been developed to support clients working within the sustainability sector or facing the challenges of dealing with the regulatory framework relating to carbon reduction and environmental law.
The award also recognised the firm's longstanding commitment to the wider Bristol business community. The firm plays an active role in Bristol China Partnership and Low Carbon South West. It hosts regular business breakfast clubs, the GL Business Club, as well as a networking event for property professionals.

Andrew Gregg, Senior Partner at Gregg Latchams says: "We were delighted to be recognised by the Bristol Law Society for both our achievements and the high standard of service that we provide. We are constantly innovating and developing to stay ahead of competition and are proud of our ability to compete with much larger firms on a local and national basis.

Gregg Latchams was formed in 2006 following the merger of two well established Bristol firms Gregg Latchams Quinn and Wadge Rapps and Hunt. The firm currently has a team of 55 people including 12 partners.

http://www.gregglatchams.com/

 
Biochar on the move

15.10.2013

Earth Systems Ltd, a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting firm, has developed a pioneering technology that eases the processing of woody biomass from remote areas into biochar. 

Biochar is recognised for its potential to sequester atmospheric carbon and for being a low carbon storage solution which avoids many greenhouse gas emissions associated with traditional methods. Biochar is a form of char produced from biomass organic materials (crop and other waste, woodchips, or manure), specifically for use in soil amendment. As well as being a simple sequestration technique, it has received much interest recently for its potential uses in improving soil properties, including improved nutrient and water retention, reduced soil acidity and increased habitat for beneficial soil microbes.

When making biochar, a common issue with woody biomass in remote areas is that mobile plant machinery access issues can preclude successful recovery of the biomass. Transport costs can also undermine the economic recovery of biomass for other purposes.

Earth Systems has now addressed this difficult problem by inventing a mobile pyrolysis technology that is easily transportable - the technology goes to the biomass. The pyrolysis technology is based on a shipping container design and hence integrates simply with all standard methods of transport suitable for shipping containers. This technology was built for NECMA as part of their ongoing river management operations in north east Victoria, Australia.

Earth Systems are considering bringing a demonstration model of this new technology from Australia to the UK next year, but are keen to gauge interest in the technology before they do so. Therefore they would be interested to hear from any members in the LCSW network who would be interested in learning more about the technology, the possible feed stocks that can be used, and the applications and end use of biochar and viable market opportunities. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to find out more.

More information on the Charmaker can be found below:

http://www.esenergy.com.au/biochar

Charmaker Mobile Paralysis Plant

 
Green partnership to support recruitment in the South West's environmental sector

Peaches Golding with Alan Bailey: Photo by Jon Craig

9.10.2013

Two South West-based organisations have announced a joint venture to support the burgeoning environmental technology and services sector in the region.

Low Carbon South West, one of the largest membership associations of its kind in the UK, and recruitment specialists Moon Consulting, have joined forces to provide environmental technology and services organisations with access to highly skilled individuals in this sector. Low Carbon South West with its extensive networks of contacts in the industry is ideally placed to identify skills needs, whilst Moon Consulting will draw upon its talent pool in this area.

In the South West region, the environmental technology and services sector employs more than 81,000 people in over 4,000 businesses.

Alan Bailey, Chairman of Low Carbon South West and founder of environmental technology and services specialists Brunel Industries, said: "I am extremely excited about the joint venture with Moon Consulting. This will not only help our members and businesses in the region to source skilled workers but will also help us to identify any shortfall in skills, and to address these quickly".

"We believe this development comes just at the right time as we expect to see further growth in the environmental business sector in the South West, particularly from inward investment, on the back of the region's growing reputation as an environmental hub... Investment in effective recruitment practices, staff retention, training and the development of transferable skills will be key to the environmental business sector fulfilling its potential and being a significant contributor to the economy of the region".

Peaches Golding, Principal Consultant at Moon Consulting said: "There is a great demand for talent to support the growing environmental sector in this region. A key requirement for the sector, which we will be looking to jointly satisfy, is attracting experienced leaders that can drive profitability, operational management and reliability With our proven track record for providing specialist recruitment support in the industry and Low Carbon South West's diverse network of organisations, we are looking to drive growth and prosperity throughout the sector.

Read more about the joint venture and recruitment service.

 
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