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Introducing the finalists for Glasgow’s next Green Champion

Glasgow’s most innovative, exciting and enterprising businesses are set to gather together for a special evening celebrating their successes at the annual Glasgow Business Awards at the beginning of October, and ScottishPower is proud to support the prestigious event for the eighth year running by sponsoring the highly competitive Green Champion award.

Last year’s Green Champion accolade was awarded to ground-breaking recycling ecoprise, Revive Eco, which was started by a trio of forward-thinking students taking an entrepreneurship class at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School.

Revive Eco’s co-founders Fergus Moore, Rebecca Richardson and Scott Kennedy came up with an ingenious idea to recycle coffee shop waste from Glasgow’s cafes to create a sustainable energy source.

The business was recognised for its phenomenal green credentials as a result of its efforts to transform a common waste product into a high-value bio fertiliser, and develop the technology to extract chemicals from spent coffee grounds to create a sustainable energy source.

Michelle Nicol, Senior Manager, SME Marketing at ScottishPower said: “We were completely blown away by Revive Eco’s idea and their dedication to bringing this idea to life. For us, this small enterprise should be an inspiration to other businesses who are considering basing their business on environmental principles.

“Each of this year’s finalists have an incredible story to tell in terms of the inspiration behind their business, and the difference that acting sustainably has had on their company as well as the environment. We hope that hearing these business’ stories will motivate other businesses to make their own green credentials a priority.”

Now it’s time to meet the finalists who each have a unique story to tell about how they have embraced being mindful about energy and the environment, but also how this has influenced their business’ success. The 2017 Green Champion nominees are:

The Environmental Team, City Building LLP

City Building is an award-winning building contractor which provides a range of construction & maintenance services. City Building’s environmental team has pioneered various sustainable development systems, from establishing the firm’s own waste transfer station to creating a mandatory environmental management strategy for all supervisors and managers that has placed the business at the forefront of green business practice.

Steve Taylor, ideeas ltd

ideeas is an economic development and environmental consultancy. Steve Taylor ensures all operations are carried out in a carbon neutral manner utilising the latest energy efficient technology. He directed Scotland’s first Recycling Bike Initiative, collecting food waste from 18 restaurants and takeaways in Giffnock on a three-wheeler bike and turning it into compost. He has also won eight Greener Festival awards for his work enhancing event sustainability with organisations such as T in the Park and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

IET Glasgow: Teacher Building

This multi-award winning city centre conference and events venue has prioritised the importance of being environmentally friendly by adopting various practices including on-site water purification and anaerobic food waste digestion systems as well individual team environmental action plans. The business has achieved Carbon Neutral status and has maintained a Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme Award since 2011.

Darren Wilson, Kabloom

Darren is pioneering the use of recycled and compostable materials in the field of gardening product innovation. He has invented Seedbom, a 100% recycled and biodegradable plant-growing product. Kabloom focuses efforts on thinking and acting local in order to reduce transport miles, and Darren’s additional ‘guerrilla gardening’ efforts have helped to transform abandoned spaces through the growth of wildflowers, helping sustain local bee populations.

Re-Tek UK Ltd

Re-Tek leads the industry in offering re-use as a secure, environmentally sustainable method of IT disposal and asset retirement. The company has made significant efforts to improve the proportion of electronic devices which can be renovated, reused and resold rather than being sent for recycling by partnerships with social enterprises.

They have also reduced the energy demand at their facility by installing highly efficient technology including a Biomass boiler, solar panels and LED lighting to help the environment and cut costs.

Dr Warren Bowden, Scottish Leather Group Limited

SLG Technology Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scottish Leather Group Limited. The Group recognised the unsustainable production of Leather in 2004 and created a low carbon leather produced by a specialised energy plant. The business’ low carbon program has reduced environmental footprint to half the sector average, and its focus on supply chain has maximised local supply of sustainable materials to minimise road miles.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow on 5th October. Good Luck!

If you’d like to be part of the celebrations in recognising Glasgow’s finest businesses, go to www.glasgowchamberofcommerce.com/awards/the-glasgow-business-awards-2017/tickets/ to buy your tickets.