Small Businesses enter Environment and Energy Awards

Environmentally–friendly small businesses can compete to boost their green credentials, following the launch of the Environment and Energy Awards. Run by event organisers Sustainabilitylive!, the Environment and Energy Awards are free to enter and are looking for small businesses that are innovative in their energy-saving methods.

Small firms are not eligible to enter all award categories but can apply for the ‘ESTA Energy Manager of the Year Award’ and Sustainable Business of the Year Award’. There is also an award dedicated to businesses with up to 250 employees which make energy saving a priority despite a limited budget ? the ‘SME Award for Energy Efficiency’.

Speaking about the awards, Sustainabilitylive! senior marketing manager, Sandra Bilz, said:

“The winning entry will be a company that exceeds the accepted standard ? for example, saving a lot of energy.”

“Their application should prove that the company has done something to improve their environmental footprint and reduce energy consumption.”

Last year’s winner of the SME Award for Energy Efficiency was JC Stewart Ltd, a family–run supermarket based in Northern Ireland. Spokeswoman Kate Babington said:

“We entered the awards to promote our environmental credentials and we have subsequently received publicity in regional and trade press.”

“Our suppliers have used us as a successful case study and an example of best practice. It’s good for our staff to feel like they’ve won something that is publicised externally.”

The deadline for entries is 14 January 2011. Shortlisted entrants should be available to present to the judging panel at the Energy Institute in London on 4 April 2011. The awards ceremony will take place on 24 May 2011 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

For more information and to enter the Environment and Energy Awards, visit the SustainabilityLive! website.

Small Businesses enter Environment and Energy Awards

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