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Lights, Camera, Energy!

ScottishPower's Senior Manager – SME Marketing, Michelle Nicol, looks back on the winner of the Green Champion Award at the Glasgow Business Awards 2015.

At Scottish Power, we are passionate about helping businesses to become more energy efficient. We believe it’s important to recognise SME's for their efforts in the hope their experiences inspire others to think more sustainably. We are delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Green Champion Award’ at the Glasgow Business Awards 2016 where, in 2015, the accolade was awarded to Film City Glasgow.

Programme for Sustainability

Film City Glasgow is a production company based in Govan Town Hall in the South-West of the city. The company prides itself on being at the heart and soul of Scotland’s film and television industry, boasting the best production facilities in the country. As a result, the company is heavily reliant on its energy supply and energy costs account for a large portion of their monthly outgoings. Film City Glasgow is focused on making its business as energy efficient as possible and as a result, created its own environmental sustainability initiative.

Film City Glasgow’s innovative 'Programme for Sustainability’ is an ongoing project to promote and drive greener behaviours within its business. By making improvements to the working environment and encouraging behavioural change, it has achieved great success. Landfill waste was reduced by forty per cent, gas consumption decreased by almost fifty per cent almost and the team has cut electricity use year-on-year since 2012. This is something Film City is extremely proud of.

Michael Singleton, General Manager at Film City Glasgow, said: "We were over the moon to win this ScottishPower sponsored award. It was great to get this recognition for the tremendous efforts of our former General Manager, who devised and implemented our Programme for Sustainability. The initiative has helped us on our way to becoming a much more efficient, greener business. We have improved our resource efficiency, minimised our waste and are developing a sustainable procurement policy."

"Since last year, we have continued to capitalise on this success by engaging with our staff and clients on green practices. We have also continued to promote and develop new ways of working which will lessen our environmental impact. Our ultimate aim is to encourage best practice within our industry and we hope that one day our initiative may serve as a model for other creative businesses to follow suit."

"We were so grateful for the opportunity to get involved in the Glasgow Business Awards and were delighted to be presented with the ScottishPower sponsored Green Champion Award; we wish this year’s nominees the best of luck."

It's hugely encouraging to see Scottish businesses embrace a greener way of operating and we hope other businesses look to Film City for inspiration and ideas on how to be more energy efficient. With its dedication to running in a greener and more sustainable way, Film City has not only reaped the rewards as a business, but is also benefiting the wider community as a whole.

Scottish Power is thrilled to continue sponsoring this award that recognises the hard work and dedication of people like the team at Film City. We understand the challenges that all businesses face to keep energy costs down, which is why we are committed to providing advice and support to help them.

This year's award ceremony takes place on Thursday 6 October and the nominees for the ScottishPower sponsored Glasgow Business Award for Green Champion are:

  • Glasgow Theatres
  • Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel Green Team
  • Steve Taylor, Ideeas Ltd
  • Mario Kerr, MMK Water Solutions Ltd
  • Revive Eco Ltd Co-Founding Team
  • Jim O'Brien, SPV Energy