Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and, this year, winners of the Northwest Business Environment Awards included architects, printers, manufacturers 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, as well as a surprise award for lifetime achievement.
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 North West 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 North West’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 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).
Environmental Best Practice (large company):
• Winner: Diodes Zetex Semiconductors Ltd (Oldham)
• Runner-up: KME Yorkshire Ltd (Liverpool)
Environmental Best Practice (SME):
• Winner: Tullis Russell (Macclesfield)
• Runner-up: Sandcastle Waterpark (Blackpool)
• Winner (over £1 million): 5 plus architects (formerly HKR Architects), Argent Group and Bardsley Construction - The Hive (Manchester)
• Winner (under £1 million): Studio Three Architects - The Food Hub Design Cube, St Anselm’s College (Birkenhead)
• Runner-up (over £1 million): Waterman Group with AA Projects Ltd, Taylor Young Architects and Bardsley Construction - Phase 4 Development, Loreto Sixth Form College (Manchester)
Combating Climate Change:
• Winner: The Printroom UK (Liverpool)
• Runner-up: Palace Hotel (Manchester)
• Highly commended: United Utilities (Warrington)
• Winner: Second Nature UK Ltd (Penrith)
• Runner-up: Flynn & Dawson Ltd (Burnley)
Environmental Champions – Media and Communications:
• Winner: Colin Sykes, BBC Northwest Tonight (Manchester)
• Runner-up: Eden Rivers Trust (Penrith)
Environmental Champions – Environmental Leadership:
• Winner: Ray Morrison, maintenance manager at Chester Zoo (Chester)
Posted 20 October 2010