green heroes short listed for a Northwest Business Environment Award
HALF a dozen
Merseyside companies, including a vehicle manufacturer, hotel group
and local council, have been short listed for a Northwest Business
Environment Award 2008.
The region’s only professional awards events to celebrate
environmental and business excellence has announced its shortlist of
green heroes that are all bidding for the title of Northwest
Business Environment Awards 2008 champions.
The winners will be announced at an evening awards ceremony on 26
June 2008 in Manchester, which is being hosted by the Mersey Basin
Campaign and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
Honours will be given for best environmental practice, built
environment, sustainable procurement, environmental innovation and
environmental communications. There will also be a special award to
acknowledge the individual achievements and leadership from one of
the Northwest’s top business leaders who has adopted environmental
management within their professional sector as well as influencing
other business leaders.
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive at the NWDA said:- “These awards are an ideal opportunity to recognise the innovative
work that is being carried out by a range of companies throughout
England’s Northwest. It is an excellent way to highlight the
benefits businesses can gain through adopting more efficient
operational practices and reducing their impact on the environment.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the business world
has to face and a key priority for the NWDA. We are delighted to
sponsor these awards and wish all finalists the best of luck.”
short listed finalists are, in no particular order:-
Best Environmental Practice (Large Company) category
vehicle manufacturer, Jaguar/Land Rover. In 2007 Jaguar achieved a
62% reduction in water consumption, 5% saving in gas consumption and
a 55% saving in Paint Shops Volatile Organic compounds emissions
during the past three years through their commitment to Sustainable
Development and the creation and nurturing of an environmentally
aware culture across all manufacturing plants.
Best Environmental Practice, SMEs category
Feathers Hotel and
Catering Group, which has hotels in Liverpool, Warrington, Chester
and Manchester. Made up of eight hotels across the Northwest., the
Chairman set a target for the group to reduce consumption by 20%
during 2007. Around a dozen key action points were identified and
undertaken to set policy, improve energy use and consumption, and
involve staff at every level. Energy savings over two years equate
to 184 full size hot air balloons filled with CO2 and £387,000 of
Liverpool-based Industrial manufacturer and supplier of lubricants
and surface coatings, RS Clare and Company, recognising that it is
the employees who drive environmental improvements, RS Clare has
implemented a wide range of initiatives. Waste Improvement Teams
have identified opportunities for waste reduction resulting in
significantly reduced waste generated, efficient use of energy means
the company is part way a programme to improve lighting levels by
54% and marketing environmentally balanced products means the wider
community is benefited for the company’s environmental commitments.
Sustainable Procurement –private sector category
Group, which invents business solutions for social and environmental
problems by creating livelihoods and new opportunities for the
A trading subsidiary of FRC Group, Bulky Bobs has been delivering
bulky household waste collection, reuse and recycling services to
residents in Liverpool and Oldham since 2000. The company identified
a need to divert items unsuitable for reuse from landfill, such as
furniture that was out of fashion and their response was operation
‘Deconstruction’. Since 2007 Bulky Bobs have been collected items
unsuitable for reuse such and breaking them down and recycling the
component materials such as wood, metal, plastic and glass. As a
predominantly maual process, this operation has also created
training and employment opportunities.
Sustainable Procurement – public sector category
co-ordinates public transport throughout the borough of Merseyside.
Merseytravel produces well over 1.5 million printed documents each
year, so a change in the paper and inks the organisation uses has
had a huge environmental impact. Creating a centralised in-house
print procurement service has established a corporate standard and a
method for controlling standards and making cost savings. The new
paper stock is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council and is
75% recycled fibre of which 55% is post-consumer waste. What’s more,
the inks are vegetable-based, reducing print room staff exposure to
volatile organic compounds.
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council in partnership with
international design and engineer consultants to the natural and
built environment, Scott Wilson Limited for the public realm
improvement to Southport’s Marine Lake
An integrated hard and soft landscape approach to the public realm
and environmental improvements has rejuvenated the inland lake as a
recreational and water sports resource. This has combined requirement
to raise the lake edge as years and silt deposition had reduced its
depth and compromised the use by keeled craft. The scheme combines a
holistic approach to the planting, habitat creation, lighting,
public art, street furniture and viewpoint design.
Now in its sixth year, the awards are supported by ENWORKS, the
Royal Institute of British Architects, Envirolink Northwest,
Groundwork Northwest, Environment Agency, Environment Connect,
Envirowise, Buy Recycled, CBI Northwest, the Institute of Directors,
MIDAS and the Institute of Civil Engineers.
Farmer Ted's gets prestigious award!
18 June 2008, Farmer Ted’s Farm Park was one of the lucky businesses
to get a prestigious award at the Lancashire & Blackpool Tourism
Awards 2008/09, hosted by BBC North West Tonight co-presenter,
Ranvir Singh, and held in Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Ewood
Park, Blackburn. This was the fifth annual Lancashire and Blackpool
Tourism Awards ceremony to take place, with 13 awards, attracting 87
tourism businesses and organisations from across the county to
enter, to try and win everything from Large Hotel of the Year to the
Taste Lancashire 08 Award. All entries are judged on individual
merit and undergo a procedure that incorporates a combination of
mystery shopping, arranged site visits and interviews as deemed
appropriate by the judges. So after 4 attractions were short listed
for one of the awards, the "Small Visitor Attraction of the
Year", it was anyone's guess who the judging panel,
comprising a number of tourism-related and business sector
specialists from across Lancashire and Blackpool, would have picked.
This award is given to attractions that cater for under 50,000
visitors a year, so competition is tight at the best of times.
In the end the
results were read out and astounded the owner of Farmer Teds, Mark
Edwards, aka Farmer Ted said:- "It was a surprise to me to have our name
read out. It truly is a fantastic achievement to have been rewarded
this way by our industry and our peers. We aim to deliver the best
to our visitor and all our staff are highly motivate, so we could
not ask any more from them. This proves to them and others, just how
good our team is. It is so nice to receive recognition and I would
like to thank our staff for all their hard work and effort, that
they have put in over the years."
Mike Wilkinson, chief
executive of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board said:- “In
the past two years, four of our award winners have gone on to
achieve regional success and two have achieved the ultimate prize,
success in the national awards. So it just shows what can be
achieved when you are one of our finalists.
It is also
brilliant to see a record number of entries this year.
increasingly appreciate that entering awards is not simply about
being number one – great as that is – but how much taking part in
the process motivates staff, demonstrates the business is
continually improving and proudly says, `my business is special`.”
executive director of marketing at the Northwest Regional
Development Agency added:- “The NWDA is proud to have support
the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards.
are raising standards across the industry year-on-year and helping
to ensure that England’s Northwest is able to compete with the best,
both nationally and internationally.”
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