A waterpark, mobile phone company, college, TV presenter, zoo worker, football club and scaffolding manufacturer are all in the running for the 2010 Northwest Business Environment Awards.
Northwest businesses of all sizes and sectors have been shortlisted across six main award categories, including best environmental practice, environmental innovation, the built environment, environmental leadership, media and communications and combating climate change.
This year’s prize-giving ceremony takes place on Tuesday 19 October at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and 250 guests are expected to attend from across the region.
The event’s guest speaker is Jonathon Porritt, one of the most significant green thinkers of his generation and co-founder of the sustainable development charity, Forum for the Future. He will speak on the importance of business leadership for a sustainable future, before introducing a panel of experts to lead a question and answer session with the audience.
The awards, now in their eighth consecutive year, have recently received independent accreditation from the RSA Environmental Awards Forum. As a result, the Northwest’s award winners will also now be eligible to enter the international European Business Awards for the Environment.
The prestigious stamp of approval means that the Northwest awards are now recognised as a leading example of best practice among the UK’s growing number of environmental and sustainable development awards.
Todd Holden, director of the award-winning ENWORKS environmental business support partnership which is hosting the awards, said: “News of the accreditation has been a great boost for the scheme and entry standards have also been particularly high across the board this year. There are some really strong contenders on the shortlist and I look forward to our winners going on to compete for further recognition at an international level.
”With Jonathon Porritt on board and a number of high profile guests and media attending, this year’s ceremony promises to be our best celebration yet. Tickets have almost sold out and places are limited, so I would encourage businesses still hoping to attend to book their places quickly.”
Despite difficult economic times they have attracted a record number of entries this year, with well over 100 applications from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.
The annual awards are managed by ENWORKS and supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). Sponsors include Business Link Northwest, C-Tech Innovation, Envirolink Northwest, Groundwork Northwest, Foundation, the Institute of Directors and the Lancaster Environment Centre.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive at the NWDA, added: “The record number of entries received this year is a tremendous achievement for the region and testament to the large number of businesses adapting to green methods of working and utilising innovative techniques.
“Businesses in the region continue to recognise that good environmental procedures, alongside best business practice add true economic value to their operations leading to commercial success.”
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