The Secretary Magazine: June, July, August 2024

3 Bristol jeweller shines in small business awards Bristol-based jewellery start-up ‘Silver & Steel’ has been awarded the New Kid on the Block award, sponsored by TSB at the Small Business Awards, run by Small Business Britain. In less than a year of trading, the studio has grown significantly through workshops and events, as well as an online retailer, supporting local jewellery makers, the community and championing sustainability. Now in its eighth year, The Small Awards is organised annually by Small Business Britain, which champions, inspires and accelerates the nation’s 5.5 million small firms. South West’s tech sector to be showcased on national stage A national showcase of technological innovation from the South West of England is set to take place in London. Altilium, Kelpi, Cleaner Seas Group, LettUs Grow, Oxi-Tech, and MolendoTech are amongst the innovative growth firms across the blue, green and cleantech space, taking centre stage at the event, which also sees the launch of the first South West of England Tech Prospectus ahead of the forthcoming General Election. The first-of-its-kind showcase is delivered by Tech South West, the representative body for the South West tech sector, which was recently described by StartUp Coalition as a “UK Cleantech Unicorn”. New polystyrene recycling process could be world’s first to be both economical and energy-efficient The team of chemical engineers, based at the University of Bath in the UK and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, US, say their technique could be the first to make recycling polystyrene both economically viable and energy efficient. Polystyrene can be chemically recycled using heat, but repeated treatments degrade the material, causing it to lose strength and flexibility. Because this process requires specialised facilities, most recycling centres do not accept polystyrene – and because of its bulk, high transport costs mean it is rarely moved to these facilities. Consequently, very little polystyrene is recycled at present. Bristol’s 9Trees picks up national title at FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has awarded the Micro Business Award to a leading South West firm during its annual celebration of the UK’s best entrepreneurial talent. The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2024, held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, saw awards host and TV personality Tess Daly crown 9Trees from Bristol as the UK’s best micro business. Now headquartered in Bristol, the organisation works with landowners planting, maintaining and conserving native trees, and also offers skills development and experiences to volunteers and supporters who find outdoor environments beneficial for health and wellbeing. Blackfish Engineering Wins NOW Accelerator with Mooring Quick-Connector Concept Bristol-based renewable energy engineering firm Blackfish Engineering has been announced as a winner in the inaugural Norwegian Offshore Wind (NOW) Accelerator.. The company’s groundbreaking quick- connection mooring solution, C-Dart - developed through the Wave Energy Scotland pre-commercial procurement program - was showcased on the main stage at the Floating Wind Days event. The NOW Accelerator sought new global solutions for the floating offshore wind industry, focusing on flexibility, scalability, low maintenance, and longevity, a collaboration between startups and industry partners facilitated via innovation scale-up Wazoku. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta to help independent Bristol businesses fly high Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta is stepping up its support of the city economy and providing a platform for community causes and independent Bristol businesses to showcase their work at the event. A fundamental part of the Fiesta’s constitution has always been to support businesses across the city and celebrate Bristol. At this year’s Fiesta, which takes place from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August, more community support will champion and celebrate the region. The Bristol Launching Bursary is supporting eight fledgling Bristol traders by offering them a significantly discounted pitch at the 2024 event to gain exposure, experience and ensure a great local offer to Fiesta visitors. THESECRETARYMAGAZINE.CO.UK 33