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Environment Partnership helps clients clean up in Green Fife Awards

The 2010 Green Business Fife Awards not only provided a great night for the winners but were also a multiple success for the Business Environment Partnership (BEP) which supported several of the triumphant organisations.

BEP, which is changing its name to the Green Business Partnership, sponsored the Green Products and Services category won by Recycle Fife, the Lochgelly-based social enterprise which provides commercial and municipal kerbside recycling as well as employment opportunities.

Among other award winners which BEP has helped were Kirkcaldy-based payment and billing services outsourcer MGt, Forth Dimension Displays, Quaker Oats, the Ardross Farm Shop at Elie, the Cyrenians Organic Recycling Enterprise (CORE) and Recycle Fife itself.

“It was very gratifying to see so many of our clients’ work being recognised in this way,” said Anna Graham, Project Manager at BEP (www.thebep.org.uk) which provides free and subsidised environmental management support to small and medium sized-business throughout Scotland and has been involved with Green Business Fife’s steering group since the initiative was launched by Fife Council in March 2007.

The Awards, now in their second year, aim to help local businesses achieve resource efficiency gains which will boost their competitiveness and minimise their environmental impact. They were held at the Balbirnie Hotel, Markinch.

“It was particularly relevant for us to sponsor the Green Products and Services category,” added Graham who also acted as a mentor for companies wishing to enter the awards and helped with applications. “As a green services provider ourselves we realise the importance of the award in recognition of the efforts of businesses and organisations to drive the move towards a more sustainable consumer market".

Luca Pornaro, CORE’s Business Development Officer, praised the “great event and excellent networking” created by Green Business Fife and added: “Thanks are also due to the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) and BEP for their ongoing invaluable support to CORE.”

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