Cornish Sustainable Business Shortlist Announced

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Last year's Low Carbon category winner Andy Tanner managing director of Plug into the Sun

After weeks of intense head scratching the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2008 judging panel has finally released its shortlist of potential winners hoping to claim the top spot in their category on 5th December at the Royal Show Ground.

Last year's Low Carbon category winner Andy Tanner managing director of Plug into the Sun
Last year's Low Carbon category winner AndyTanner managing director of Plug into the Sun

The judges, who include TV personality and environmentalist Dick Strawbridge MBE, had the difficult task of honing the entries down to 27 hopefuls spread across six categories plus an over-all winner.

Now in its six year The Cornwall Sustainability Awards is a key event in the county’s corporate diary, which celebrates the environmental achievements of the region’s business community.

Matt Hocking Cornwall Sustainability Awards judge and last year’s over all winner said: “It was an honour to be asked to judge some of Cornwall’s most sustainable businesses this year and I was delighted to see such high standards and innovation especially in some unexpected fields.

“As I know only too well working sustainably takes vision, planning and investment but the rewards are great, not just environmentally but economically so the awards are a key part of the process of encouraging people along their eco-journey.”

The six categories are Best Managed Small/Medium/Large, Products and Services, Low Carbon and Best Individual plus an over-all winner selected from one of these groups.

Anthony Weight, Cornwall County Council said: “As with previous years the standard was very high and it was good to see an increase in entrants from the manufacturing sector, where environmental improvements can mean the implementation of new processes and supply chains.

“Again we are hoping for a great event and look forward to seeing as many local business as possible.”

This year’s ceremony is being held at the new Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge at 11.30 on Friday 5th December 2008.

The event, which is free and includes a buffet lunch, is open to all businesses in the county who would like to help celebrate Cornish sustainability and spend time with other like-minded companies and individuals.

There are still some places available, so please go to www.cornwallsustainabilityawards.org/news.html for a booking form and more information.