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Glasgow Business Awards 2019: Green Champion Shortlist Revealed

Celebrating sustainable businesses in Glasgow

All of this year's nominees for the Green Champion Award have an exciting future ahead of them. They are prioritising sustainability and working hard to build a future that is cleaner and greener for everyone.

At ScottishPower, we share this commitment. That’s why we produce 100% green electricity, and are investing in wind energy and smart grids. However, we’re always looking to learn and improve, which is why we’re so inspired by the businesses nominated.

Across the submissions this year, we noted key themes. Nominees are seeing the value of working in partnership with others, reaching out for information and expertise. They are involving their whole teams, training them on greener practices and sharing their successes. Through connecting with their communities, they are reaping the benefits of closer relationships with other businesses nearby.

Read on for more about the nominees for 2019.

City Property Markets

City Property Markets operate the largest wholesale fruit and fish markets in Scotland, and manage a number of retail and farmers markets across the city. They've achieved over 90% waste recycling at their Blochairn Market location, and are aiming to get to zero waste through innovative measures such as recycling polystyrene on-site.

Dear Green

Dear Green is a coffee roaster that is implementing greener practices across its operation, from working with sustainable farms, to minimising the waste output of their production, to championing reusable coffee cups and supporting better packaging solutions through their annual coffee festival.

Ideeas Ltd.

Ideeas Ltd. is a circular economy and sustainability business that helps companies to reduce their carbon footprints, lower running costs and improve their green credentials. They run and contribute to projects ranging from advising property developers to helping festivals and events run sustainably, to a recycling bike project that has saved 15 tonnes of food waste from going to landfill.

The Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC)

The Technology & Innovation Centre is a world class research centre at the University of Strathclyde, offering conference facilities for up to 600 delegates. Their Sustainability Team brought together representatives across business development, conference operations, facility management and catering to develop their green credentials and deliver sustainable changes that resulted in TIC receiving Gold status from Green Tourism in March 2019.

WEEE Scotland

WEEE Scotland provide electrical and electronic equipment waste management solutions, helping their client to make efficient use of resources and reduce their carbon footprint by extending the valuable life of their electrical and electronic assets through repairing, reusing, remanufacturing and recycling. Their work reduces waste, pollution and carbon footprints, and their commitments in-house are leading them towards a zero waste operation.

Young Enterprise Scotland

Young Enterprise Scotland inspires and equips young people from all backgrounds to develop their business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills. Their Circular Economy Challenge initiative has been delivered to over 1000 pupils across Glasgow. The students are introduced to products and businesses which eliminate waste, before developing their own business pitches. The course not only focuses on ensuring that 'Everything has value, and nothing is wasted', but also ensures that all young people are valued, and no-one is cast aside.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the nominees this year. We are delighted to be part of this exciting community as we work together to deliver a better future, quicker for everyone.