Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and, this year, winners of the prestigious Northwest Business Environment Awards included architects, printers, manufacturers, a news correspondent and a zoo worker.
The 2010 prize-giving ceremony took place on Tuesday 19 October at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and was attended by 250 guests from across the region, including business leaders and members of the media.
Trophies and certificates were presented for best environmental practice, environmental innovation, the built environment, environmental leadership, media and communications and combating climate change.
Oldham-based electronics manufacturer Diodes Zetex Semiconductors was presented with the best environmental practice award for large companies and HKR Architects scooped the award for built environment for its work on The Hive office development in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
A surprise award of special recognition for Lifetime Achievement was also made at the start of the ceremony to Walter Menzies, the highly respected Manchester-based sustainability consultant and former chief executive of the long-running Mersey Basin Campaign.
Walter received his award in person from guest speaker, Jonathon Porritt, who opened the event by speaking on the importance of business leadership for creating a sustainable future.
Todd Holden, director of the ENWORKS environmental business support partnership which hosted this year’s awards, said: “The event was a real success and it looks like everyone enjoyed the occasion. I’d like to congratulate our winners and runners-up who are all deserving of widespread recognition and applause for their contribution towards paving the way for a more sustainable future. We now look forward to seeing our Northwest award winners go on to compete at an international level in Europe, where I am sure they will be strong contenders.”
The awards, now in their eighth consecutive year, were managed by ENWORKS and supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). They recently received official, independent accreditation from the RSA Environmental Awards Forum and, as a result, the Northwest’s winners are now eligible to enter the European Business Awards for the Environment.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive at the NWDA, said: “The Northwest Business Environment Awards continue to be a big hit with regional businesses, providing a platform to showcase the best of the best. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners – it is great to see so many businesses from varying different sectors getting behind the awards, getting involved in green operations and making a real difference to a stable and sustainable economy.”
Sponsors of the 2010 awards included the NWDA, Business Link Northwest, C-Tech Innovation, the Centre for Construction Innovation Northwest (CCINW), Envirolink Northwest, Groundwork Northwest, the Institute of Directors, the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University and the North West Eco-Innovations Programme (funded by the NWDA and ERDF).