Chamber launches green awards

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and environmental business support consultancy Enworks have launched a new initiative to find the best green businesses in the city region.

The Chamber's Greater Manchester Green Business Award opened for applications this week and the deadline for entries is Friday 9 December 2011. There is no fee to enter.

Organisations of all sizes and sectors across Greater Manchester are eligible to apply, including both members of the chamber and non-members. There are two categories available: small business, for those with fewer than 250 employees, and large business, 250 or more employees.

  • Entry packs can be downloaded from: Any enquiries should be emailed to:

The shortlist for each category will be announced by mid-January 2012 and the overall winners will be presented with trophies at the Chamber's Annual Dinner, taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on Thursday 8 March 2012.

Clive Memmott, the Chamber's chief executive, said: "The launch of our new Greater Manchester Green Business Award is an exciting opportunity to celebrate forward-thinking businesses and organisations that are benefiting from making the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient future.

"The Chamber is committed to promoting the sustainable business agenda and supporting all of its members to boost their profitability and competitiveness by improving their environmental

Samantha Nicholson, director of Enworks, said: "The Chamber's Greater Manchester Green Business Award will celebrate those organisations – both large and small – that are demonstrating the greatest commitment to putting environmental best practice at the heart of their business success.

"Businesses and organisations increasingly recognise that sound environmental practice is a recipe for commercial success, and I would urge all those who are proud of their green credentials to enter."

Enworks already runs the Northwest Business Environment Awards, an RSA-accredited feeder scheme for the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The publicly funded, not-for-profit programme provides free, one-to-one support for businesses across the North West, including members of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, to improve their profitability by using resources such as energy, water and materials more

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