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The importance of energy efficiency in businesses

The importance of energy efficiency in businesses

Christel Liljegren, Managing Director of the Southern Sweden Energy Agency (Energikontor Syd) and Vice-President for Mobility and Transport at FEDARENE, a partner organisation of EUSEW, highlights the importance of energy efficiency for small and medium-sized enterprises. In Sweden, the rise of energy prices in the autumn/winter of 2022 led to a growing demand for the knowledge of energy agencies and participation in different support initiatives. Many connections were established with various companies, highlighting the influence of financial considerations on the willingness to transition. This insight is valuable for future efforts, especially when the impact of lower energy prices can lead to decreased engagement and implementation of the clean energy transition in businesses. Increased understanding of businesses’ energy systems Energy and climate initiatives enhance competitiveness in a business environment marked by growing sustainability reporting and rising demand for sustainable, fossil-free value chains. Strategic energy management builds awareness of a company’s energy system. This empowers SMEs to prioritise energy efficiency, optimise technology, and make informed decisions on investments or upgrades. The knowledge results in reduced energy costs …

The City must also ‘export’ its services to the rest of the UK

The City must also ‘export’ its services to the rest of the UK

They point to the growth in overall City employment and the speed with which skyscrapers such as 22 Bishopsgate filled with tenants, despite concerns that hybrid working has made the traditional office redundant. In his speech, committee chairman Chris Hayward called for services — and particularly the City’s specialities of financial and professional services — to be given far greater priority in the Government’s trade policy.  Source link

Comedian Hoozay’s 5 favorite Latino-owned businesses in SoCal

Comedian Hoozay’s 5 favorite Latino-owned businesses in SoCal

Stand-up comedian Jose Velasquez, better known as Hoozay, has always been loud and proud about his Salvadoran heritage. “Growing up, I never had any representation, and there was a negative connotation associated with being Salvadoran,” said Velasquez. “When I started doing comedy, I realized there was an opportunity to educate people about Salvadoran culture in a fun way.” In 2005, Velasquez started the “Backyard Comedy” shows, which were held at local breweries and paired stand-up comedy with local chefs cooking up pupusas. During the pandemic, Velasquez evolved the event into “Comedy Pupusas and Beer” and took the show on the road to different breweries around the country in Nevada, Texas and Kansas. The show is now a residency at Beer Thug Brewery in Bell and features comedians (and pupusas) monthly. Born and raised in Compton, Velasquez now aims to share Salvadoran culture with the masses. His first one-hour comedy special,”Hoozay: The Salvadoran,” is now available on Apple TV+ and Prime Video. “I see this as a Salvi renaissance era,” he said. “Having a platform allows …

Judge fines Trump more than 0 million, bars from running businesses in N.Y. for three years

Judge fines Trump more than $300 million, bars from running businesses in N.Y. for three years

The judge who presided over a civil business fraud trial against Donald Trump and his company has issued his decision in the case. Judge Arthur Engoron ordered the former president and the Trump Organization to pay over $300 million in damages, and bars Trump “from serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation or other legal entity in New York for a period of three years.” The judgment is the second this year against Trump after he was hit last month with an $83.3 million verdict in writer E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case against him. The former president could also face four criminal trials this year as his presidential campaign barrels toward the November election, with the first set to begin in New York state court on March 25th. New York Attorney General Letitia James had been seeking $370 million from Trump, his company and its top executives, including his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, alleging “repeated and persistent fraud” that included falsifying business records and financial statements. James had …

Arnergy, which provides solar power systems to homes and businesses in Nigeria, raises M

Arnergy, which provides solar power systems to homes and businesses in Nigeria, raises $3M

Arnergy, a Nigerian cleantech startup that deals in distributed renewable energy products and solutions, has raised $3 million in new financing. The bridge round was financed by All On, a Shell-backed off-grid energy impact investment company. The financing comes five years after Arnergy, a provider of solar power systems to homes and businesses, secured a $9 million Series A round in 2019. All On, along with other firms, including Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, ElectriFI, and Norfund, participated as investors in the round. Founded in 2013 by Femi Adeyemo and Kunle Odebunmi, Arnergy was launched as a provider of sustainable energy services intended to deliver clean and reliable energy for businesses or homes. The company’s energy systems are tailored to tackle intermittent and grid unreliability issues, enabling residential customers and businesses across hospitality, education, finance, agriculture, and healthcare to access and install affordable and reliable distributed energy systems. Before its Series A financing, Arnergy had installed over 2MW of electricity for more than 2,000 clients. Alongside the $4 million debt financing obtained over the past …

Nativo’s Corissa Hernandez’s favorite Latino-owned L.A. businesses

Nativo’s Corissa Hernandez’s favorite Latino-owned L.A. businesses

Corissa Hernandez is a first-gen Chicana entrepreneur, mentor and financial educator. She co-owns and operates Legacy Full Circle Financial & Insurance Services and cocktail bar/restaurant Nativo in Highland Park. The Boyle Heights native also mentors up-and-coming entrepreneurs and resource-shares on social media and in her newsletter, the Ambitious Amiga. We asked Corissa to share her five favorite Latino-owned businesses and organizations in Los Angeles. Here are her picks. For more from De Los, follow us on Instagram. Mi Los Angeles In ‘Mi Los Angeles’ we ask influential L.A. Latinos to share their favorite Latino-owned businesses. Find ideas and inspiration on where to go and what to eat all while supporting local businesses and organizations. //www.instagram.com/embed.js Source link

How can businesses protect themselves?

How can businesses protect themselves?

Global cybercrime is increasing yearly, with the number of cyber attacks increasing by 125% in 2021 compared to 2020. Now, experts expect global cybercrime to worsen as fraudsters become more intelligent. Recently, one of the largest data breaches to date could compromise billions of accounts worldwide, prompting concerns about widespread cybercrime. Experts believe now is the time to be vigilant when using the internet, from online banking to entering passwords and connecting to Wi-Fi. The top 5 ways users are at risk of cyber attacks and how to prevent them The most common ways online users and businesses put themselves and their personal data at risk are: Public Wi-Fi Hackers can take advantage of public Wi-Fi’s lax security to spy on users and steal personal information and passwords. Some hackers have specialised tools that search for passwords users have saved in their browsers or typed into websites, apps, or emails while using public Wi-Fi. Users and businesses can keep safe from cybercrime by using a virtual private network (VPN) when connecting to any Wi-Fi hotspot …

Why US small businesses will lead in AI investments in 2024

Why US small businesses will lead in AI investments in 2024

gremlin/Getty Images According to the US Chamber of Commerce, small business drives the US economy. Small businesses employ nearly half of the entire American workforce and represent 43.5% of America’s GDP. They are a critical part of our economic ecosystem, where big businesses and small businesses are vendors, employees, partners, and customers to each other. Here are some important US small business 2023 data: Also: AI adoption and innovation will add trillions of dollars in economic value 99.9% of businesses in the US are small businesses There are 33.2 million small businesses in the US 62 million Americans (46%) are employed by small businesses For the past 20 years, small businesses have accounted for roughly 40% of the US GDP, which equates to trillions of dollars of economic activity.  5.5 million small business jobs were created after the pandemic recession. Small business is an economic engine US Chamber of Commerce To better understand the small business outlook for 2024, Slack surveyed 2,000 small business owners — half composed of businesses in tech or retail — and found …