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Northwest businesses were recognised for sustainability on 24 June at the annual Business in the Community (BITC) Awards for Excellence ceremony.

The Northwest's Awards for Excellence recognise positive impact made by businesses on society and the environment and this year there was a strong focus on sustainable business.

The winners were announced during a gala dinner, hosted by the BBC’s Graham Liver and BITC vice president, Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO OBE. The event took place at Blackburn Rovers stadium, Ewood Park, and was attended by over 350 business delegates.

The University of Central Lancashire was awarded the Business Link Carbon Positive Award for its commitment to carbon reduction across all areas of the University. Three businesses - Bentley Motors, Birchwood Park and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service – were also presented with Sustainable Travel Awards, supported by the National Business Travel Network.

Two individuals were recognised for their inspiring leadership in contributing towards a more sustainable society. Garry Charnock, executive director of RSK and Janis Murphy, health and safety manager at Aircelle, received the Lancaster University Management School Award for Leadership for Sustainability.  

Mike Blackburn, regional director of BT, was recognised with a personal video tribute from HRH, The Prince of Wales, as the Prince’s Ambassador for the Northwest 2010, for his leadership and commitment to responsible business in the region.

‘Inspiring to see’

Each of the winners was congratulated personally by BITC’s regional director, Raksha Pattni and chief executive, Stephen Howard.

Raksha said: “At a time when businesses are experiencing enormous challenges, it is inspiring to see how committed Northwest businesses remain to investing in their communities and developing a more sustainable future.”

Robert Hough, chairman of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Philip Green, chief executive of United Utilities, also shared their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in the current political and economic climate.

Posted 7 July 2010