Recycling and renewable energy companies have scooped many of this years Queens Awards for Enterprise for their contributions to sustainable business.
Awards are made by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister who is assisted by an Enterprise Promotion Assessment Committee made up of representatives from business and Government organisations and an academic working in the enterprise field.
Winners included: office furniture remanufacturer Green-Works; used clothing exporters and recyclers I & G Cohen; manufacturer of construction materials made from recycled power station ash ScotAsh; combined heat and power systems provider Utilicom Group; and a water supplier which uses recyclable cans Llanllyr Water Company.
One of the winners, Green-Works, was recognised for promoting reuse, recycling and remanufacture of office furniture and changing business and social perceptions of what waste is.
Chief executive Colin Crooks said: You apply for the award yourself, but the validation process of your application is very thorough, records are audited and you have to produce evidence. That is why we are so proud to win because we know weve come through that testing process.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: Queens Award winner companies are standard-bearers for the very best of British business. These firms embody the spirit of enterprise and innovation that is so vital to the future of Britains economy.
The Queens Awards for Enterprise Promotion will be celebrated at a winner's event on April 22 2008, in London.
For more information visit: www.queensawards.org.uk