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SOUTH WEST BUSINESS NEWS


Eco Park will spark green innovation


Zaha Hadid Architects’ all-wood design for Forest Green Rovers E


cotricity’s vision for a new Eco Park in Stroud could be the foundation for Gloucestershire’s transformation as a


centre for green business innovation. That’s according to Angus Taylor, head of


commercial at Bruton Knowles’ Gloucester office, who recently attended an Eco Park business breakfast – along with representatives from more than a hundred local organisations. Angus said: “Ecotricity’s vision of a Gateway to


Stroud incorporates an Eco Park Green Technology Hub and a new Forest Green Rovers football all- wood stadium linked with road improvements to the A419 from J13 of the M5. Ecotricity has applied to Stroud District Council


for outline planning permission for the development and has high hopes this will be granted.


If approved, the ambitious plans could be a ‘game


changer for the whole of Gloucestershire.’ Angus said: “At stake is a 100 acre sports and


green technology centre with a further 50 acres dedicated to creating state-of-the-arts sporting facilities, including the football stadium for Forest Green Rovers and the promise of up to 4,000 new jobs for the region. “The Eco Park would help redefine the county’s


commercial landscape, bringing much needed new build commercial stock to the market and improve the local infrastructure into the bargain. “Ecotricity has presented a dynamic vision for an


Eco Park that represents one of the most exciting commercial developments in the region for decades. It’s great to see such a well put together plan that provides much needed quality commercial space.”


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Law firm is just white for SCCC


Taunton based law firm, Clarke Willmott LLP, has announced it has become an official Business Club partner of Somerset County Cricket Club. The Business Club was launched


by Somerset County Cricket Club last year, and is aimed at giving local companies the opportunity to network and expand their business connections. Members of Clarke Willmott staff


were among 100 delegates who attended the first Business Club event at the club’s County Ground stadium in Taunton on 24 March, jointly hosted with Business Club partner Francis Clark Accountants. Roger Seaton, partner and head


of Clarke Willmott’s Taunton office, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the Business Club, and look forward to growing our relationship with Somerset County Cricket Club, as well as with other local businesses in the South West.”


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