Sustainability Awards open

The winners at the 2009 Cornwall Sustainability Awards

Environmentally friendly and sustainable businesses from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can now apply to enter the 2010 Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2010.

Companies will be able to compete in six categories including Best Managed Company, Low Carbon Business, Resource Management, Products and Services, Best Individual and for the first time, Sustainable Construction.

The closing date for entries is Friday, September 24.

Tom Flannigan, Cornwall Council’s corporate drector for environment, planning and economy, said: “Now in its eighth year the Cornwall Sustainability Awards are more relevant than ever as the county has an impressive reputation for sustainable practices throughout the UK, whether that’s low-carbon housing, manufacturing, tourism or renewable energy development.

“The awards not only recognise the great achievements of homegrown businesses but send out a strong message about Cornish ingenuity and innovation.

“These awards have a phenomenal track record of success in highlighting the best managed businesses operating in the area, with a large number of our winners going on to be highlighted as national exemplars within their sectors.”

Last year’s Overall winner was St Austell Brewery. James Staughton, managing director of St Austell Brewery, said: “St Austell Brewery is committed to going that extra mile to minimise the environmental impact of our business.

“Being named Overall Winner at last year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards provided welcome recognition and a fantastic boost to our environmental strategy.

“We’re proud to be doing our bit to protect the unique and beautiful environment in this part of the world and we aim to become one of the UK’s greenest brewers.”

Businesses who would like to enter this year’s awards should visit the awards website where all criteria and entry forms can be downloaded.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony taking place on Friday, December 3 at the Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground.