Rail Firm First Great Western sponsors green business category at The Herald Business Awards
RAIL firm First Great Western is sponsoring The Herald Business Awards again this year because it wants to support Plymouth companies – and promote its green agenda.
The transport giant is backing the green business category at the awards.
It is the third year in a row FGW has sponsored a category, having supported the small business of the year award in 2011 and 2012.
This year The Herald has decided to split the headline Business of the Year award three ways, to reflect the diversity of Plymouth's economy and reward a small, medium and large operation.
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So FGW now wants to reward the best green business, one of at least 11 categories this year.
A FGW spokesman said the firm was proud to support the awards because it strove to help "promote and support the businesses in the communities we serve".
And he said it was important to do this "with the minimum of impact on our environment".
He added: "As part of our commitment to building sustainable partnerships, we have carried out numerous projects to reduce our impact on the environment.
"For example, work to increase recycling rates has seen one of our stations recycle more than 90 per cent of waste.
"Simple changes such as providing bins for mixed recycled waste on platforms and concourses, and separating on board waste, has significantly reduced the amount sent to landfill.
"Many of our stations have now had LED lights fitted," he said. "These are more energy efficient and are controlled by ambient light sensors, ensuring they are only switched on when absolutely necessary.
"To drive improvements at a local level, we are appointing regional environmental champions, who will be responsible for helping to identify where we can reduce our environmental impact further, communicating best practice ideas and sharing information."
The green business award will be given alongside honours for best social enterprise, manufacturer, entrepreneur, innovator, retailer and tourism/hospitality business, and for achievement in corporate social responsibility and customer care and service.
And there will be the traditional Lifetime Achievement gong to honour a person who has made a considerable and lasting contribution to the city's economy.
And with the Business of the Year award being split three ways there will be at least 13 winners.
Among firms and organisations sponsoring individual awards this year are txtNation, Plymouth Better Together, Plymouth University, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, City College Plymouth, Wrigley, Plymouth City Centre Company, Drake Circus Shopping Centre and Plymouth Citybus.
The nomination process is open until Friday, March 1, after which a panel of business experts will prepare a shortlist of nominees and decide winners.
Nominated businesses will be profiled in The Herald before the glittering awards night, this year at the Holiday Inn, on Thursday, April 25.
Nominations must be made online at the special Business Awards website at www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/businessawards.
And there is still the opportunity for firms, organisations and individuals to sponsor a business award, with The Herald able to add further categories. To be involved, contact Gemma Mulcahy, The Herald's head of events, on 01752 765589 or by emailing GMulcahy@swmg.co.uk