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Scottish Business in the Community Awards

Asda among the winners on royal occasion

Prince CharlesPrince Charles was the principal guest at the Scottish Business in the Community Awards tonight at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh.

SBC is one of The Prince’s Charities and Scotland’s leading organisation in responsible business practices.

Winners on the evening included Asda, which received the Large Company of the Year Award, and Vegware, which was presented with SBC’s SME of the Year Award.

Jane Wood, chief executive of SBC, said: “This is the first year we’ve opened the Awards to all businesses in Scotland and we’ve been thrilled with the quality of the applications.

“Picking a winner was very difficult but incredibly rewarding as the judging panel read about so many great examples of business embedding our core values of fairness, equality and sustainability into the heart of their operations.”

The Awards not only celebrated the good work of responsible business across Scotland but were also the occasion to announce the appointment of this year’s Prince’s Ambassador in Scotland.

Mike Still, chairman of the business emergency recovery group (BERG) – an initiative of His Royal Highness – takes the baton from outgoing Prince’s Ambassador Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money.

Mike Still, managing director, client service, UK and Ireland, corporate business at Marsh, the global insurance broker and risk adviser, commented: “Building sustainable and resilient communities is only possible when businesses both large and small, individuals, agencies and communities collaborate for the common good.

“I am deeply honoured to be appointed as the Prince’s Ambassador in Scotland. I look forward to encouraging businesses across Scotland to be more sustainable and resilient through support from Scottish Business in the Community, as well as collaborating with the Prince’s Ambassadors network to strengthen communities across the UK.”

Every year, Prince Charles appoints an inspirational business figure in each of the UK’s regions and nations to represent the responsible business movement and inspire other businesses in the region to take action to address key issues.

Award Winners 2015

  • Large Company of the Year – Asda
  • SME of the Year – Vegware
  • Volunteering Company of the Year – State Street
  • Volunteering Team of the Year – Scottish Widows (Lloyds Banking Group)
  • Employee Volunteer of the Year – Emma Blaikie / John Lewis Partnership
  • Closing the Education Gap – DWF
  • Environmental Leadership – The Crown Estates and Elan Hair Design (joint award winners)
  • Working Better – Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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