Archive for the ‘Local Business’ category

Farmers’ Market

January 28th, 2013

Witney Farmer’s Market has relocated to the Market Square where you’ll find it on the last Friday of every month.

Sustainable Witney were kindly offered a pitch to promote sustainable living and we jumped at the chance. We promoted the events we are running this year which include swap shops, upcycling workshops, another Refashion Show and helped to give away the free farmers’ market re-useable bags. 30+ people stopped by to talk to us.

It has a good variety of stalls selling bread, vegetables, preserves, cakes, meat and beer, which ticked off most of the things on my shopping list last Friday.

We will be there again next month on Friday 22nd February so why not drop by for a chat?

Sustainable Sainsburys?

February 20th, 2011

How does a profit-making business stick to its ethical commitments? Can a national supermarket chain really have a relationship with the local community? And why do supermarket apples have those silly stickers on them?

All these questions, and lots more, were answered when Vince Brimble, store manager of Sainsburys in Witney, spoke at the Sustainable Witney AGM.

» Read more: Sustainable Sainsburys?

The High Street

December 1st, 2010

Last night’s episode of ‘Turn Back Time’ was very revealing about human nature.

The programme was set up to produce a cost vs service situation in Shepton Mallet’s High Street, and even though we all know the answer, the result was still dramatic.

We might value highly the social benefits of ‘traditional’ shops, but when spending our money we almost always choose the cheaper option, even if we can afford not to.

It’s our choice, but it seems it’s a choice we have little control over.

The episodes taking the High Street through the ages are still available to view here,


Local £99 Insulation Deal

May 12th, 2010

Did you know that the United Sustainable Energy Agency has one of its two offices right here in Witney? A not for profit company, they provide services to the public sector, business, and individuals to help them reduce carbon, adapt to climate change and tackle fuel poverty – right on our doorstep.

» Read more: Local £99 Insulation Deal

A Bright Investment?

March 4th, 2010

A Contribution From A Local Business

If someone offered to pay you a £1,000 a year for the next 25 years for an investment of £12,500 you would give it some serious consideration.

Well from the 1st April 2010 if you install electricity generating solar panels (photovoltaic) you will be paid for each unit of electricity the system produces. Even if you use it all!

The new “feed in tariffs” (FITs) will allow anyone fitting a typical 2.5kW photovoltaic system to their existing home to be paid 41.3p per kilowatt hour (kWh) generated. Enough according to the government to reward them with up to £900 in first year on top of £140-a-year saving on their bills.

You could earn a return of 7%-10% tax free!

Payments are guaranteed for the next 25 years and unexpectedly, linked to inflation. With electricity prices expected to rise by 20% by 2020 investors in solar panels will future proof themselves from these increases.

It also seems Britons are willing to pay more for a home with renewable energy so investing in solar could add to the resale value of your property.

So, if you are one of thousands of homeowners tired of earning a measly rate on your savings or someone looking to demonstrate their commitment to the environment why not look at solar energy and invest in the future.

If you require further information regarding these systems please contact Martin Grimsley at Homestyle Solar Solutions on 01993 703 187 or visit our website.