BFP BIZ AWARDS: Tell us who you think the greenest and keenest are

Christina Sadler,  left, from Easton Otley College presents the 2014 Green Award to Ashley Seaborne, Green Light Trust chief executive,  watched by TV presenter Penny Smith  ANL-141013-082336009
Christina Sadler, left, from Easton Otley College presents the 2014 Green Award to Ashley Seaborne, Green Light Trust chief executive, watched by TV presenter Penny Smith ANL-141013-082336009

Caring for the environment is about making sure we have a world to pass on to future generations, so it is apt that a ‘green’ award should be sponsored by a college.

Easton-Otley College, which is famed for its agricultural and other ‘land based’ courses, is, for the second year running, sponsoring the Green/Environmental Award in the Bury Free Press Business Awards, which was last year won by the Lawshall-based Green Light Trust.

The college’s promotions manager John Nice said: “We are sponsoring the Green Award as environmental issues are very important to us as a college - both in principle and practice.

“Last year, the entries for this category were very varied and diverse and it was brilliant to travel across West Suffolk and see the passion that people have for this subject via their work. We are hoping for the same high standard of entries and commitment to green issues again in 2015 and I’m sure we will not be disappointed. As a person who was born in Bury St Edmunds, it’s always great to attend these awards and find out about all the great things that are happening in the town.

“The stories that you hear about – of businesses both small and large – are always inspirational. Representing a college whose student population is 15 per cent people from Bury and the surrounding villages, it’s a pleasure to be involved in this celebratory occasion that helps fly the flag for Bury ‑ one of Britain’s undoubted national treasures.”

Bury St Edmunds’ West Suffolk College is again sponsoring the coveted Employee of the Year Award, which last year went to Tuddenham Mill restaurant chef Lee Bye.

Principal Nikos Savvas said: “West Suffolk College is the sponsoring this award as we fundamentally understand the importance of skilled and motivated workforces for business success and this region’s continued economic growth.”

He said the college works closely with businesses to provide the skilled and qualified workforces of the future and it is the largest provider of apprenticeships in the region.

Mr Savvas added: “We are proud to be supporting this award, we are the bridge between education and the workplace and the students that come through our doors, leave us ready to create success for their future employers and support this region’s continued economic prosperity.”

The criteria, award sponsors and nomination details can be found at http://bitly.com/BFPbizawards Nomination deadline is Wednesday, August 12 at 5pm.

If you would like a nomination form sent to you, or for any more information on this year’s awards, please contact Mark Stanford 01553 817354 or mark.stanford@jpress.co.uk

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