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Glasgow Business Awards Green Champion shortlist revealed

As we draw closer to the prestigious Glasgow Business Awards ceremony in October, we’re excited to reveal the list of businesses shortlisted for this year’s Green Champion award.

Let’s take a look at this year’s shortlist – a selection of businesses that fought off tough competition to make the top six.

Glasgow Business Awards - Green Champion shortlist

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the world, educating students for over 600 years. The University’s Sustainability Officer and GUEST (Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team) have been nominated for the award as a result of their pioneering work on sustainability-related issues and projects. One of these projects is the development of the University’s Community Gardens. From April, the team have worked tirelessly every week, planting fruit and veg to highlight the importance of growing your own and buying local, seasonal produce. The team also plan to donate future harvests to local food banks.

The Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn

Based in the busy city centre of Glasgow, the Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn is an independently owned bar and restaurant offering customers tropical inspired drinks and Thai cuisine. The restaurant has committed to reducing its energy use and has undertaken many initiatives to become more energy efficient – they have made a concentrated effort to separate recycling to limit the refuse sent to landfill, they have introduced biodegradable straws to reduce plastic wastage, ensure kitchen appliances are switched off when not in use and providing additional training to staff to ensure progress continues. They have also invested in LED lighting and have timers on beer fridges so they are only on during business hours.

Argyle St Arches

The Argyle St Arches is a conference, hospitality, wedding and event venue which reopened earlier this year following a major refurbishment. In a short amount of time the venue has successfully implemented many initiatives to help save energy - the venue now uses LED lighting, uses only compostable materials for serving food and ensures plastics which are always recycled in the appropriate bins. One team member attended an external Green Champion training course and has shared knowledge with the team and set up a system to monitor waste and energy use to ensure everyone is informed, on-board and committed to working together to make a difference.

Renewables Parts LTD

Renewables Part LTD is leading the way in making the wind industry greener and makes the process of investing in wind energy simple for its customers, therefore encouraging a more sustainable future. The organisation is a small company made up of 10 people, based in Renfrewshire and Lochgilphead that supplies parts for wind turbines as well as providing customer and technical support.

Excel Vending Limited

Excel Vending Limited is a vending solutions provider based in East Kilbride with a team of 50 employees. The organisation is committed to investing in innovation and new technologies that improve efficiency. Excel Operations Director, John MacDonald, has been nominated for his personal contribution to the organisations’ green efforts. John is committed to the early adoption of new and more efficient technologies and is always thinking about the ways in which the organisation can innovate and work towards a sustainable future. Excel Vending Limited plans to create content to sit on its social media platforms to educate individuals about the environmental benefits of using its equipment.

Clyde Shopping Centre

Clyde Shopping Centre consists of a team of 44 employees, fondly named the ‘The Green Dream Team.’ Since 2010 all team members have focused on waste management and community engagement, resulting in a significant improvement in energy reduction on the last three years. All of the shopping centre’s 122 tenants are on board too and receive environmental training. The centre installed a recycling process on site, allowing it to recycle 95% of all its waste every year and food waste is also composted on-site - generating £15,000 in savings each year. The team introduced an Eco Schools Project which involved local schools visiting the centre’s recycling facilities and participating in the educational sessions.

Good luck to all nominees – we’ll see you at the ceremony next month!