The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Green savings on show at Sustainable Ayrshire Business events

AYRSHIRE is to recognise its commitment to going green with a number of events to help businesses be more environmentally friendly.

The sustainable business events are managed by Scottish Enterprise and will take place in February 2008. They aim to highlight the environmental and cost savings that companies can make by changing the way they work. More than 150 companies are expected to participate in the events.

Celebrity chef Nick Nairn will join a number of top business personalities to demonstrate the benefits of a sustainable business.

Ayrshire is already home to one of the UK’s longest running efficiency networks. Now in its tenth year, the Ayrshire Environmental Management Initiative has helped Ayrshire businesses to save more than £4 million of direct savings plus immeasurable benefits to the environment.

Key events are:

Ayrshire Environmental Management Initiative -
10th Anniversary Event

5 February 2008
The Park Hotel, Kilmarnock

Representatives of local, national and Scottish based global companies are secured as speakers to share their organisations’ experiences of making environmental and financial savings.

Proven Energy: Andrew McMullan, Managing Director
Rolls Royce: Ian Martin, Environmental Manager
Spirit AeroSystems: Allan Brown, Business Assurance Compliance Director
Robert Wiseman Dairies: David Douglass, Group Environmental Manager

Sustainable tourism in Ayrshire
6 February 2008
Turnberry Golf Club - a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme

Nick Nairn will speak on green tourism and the importance of local produce. This event will demonstrate how a sustainable future for the tourism industry brings business opportunities and benefits. Aimed at tourism businesses, it will focus on the themes of winning business, saving money and protecting the environment.

Nick will be joined by a number of entrepreneurs who have experienced success in their sustainable tourism businesses:

AA Food Services: Andrew Ford, Area Manager
Taylor Nelson Sofres: Jim Eccleson, Director Tourism and Travel
Langside Farm B&B: Nick Quick, Proprietor

Later that month, on 15 February, GlaxoSmithKline will host a Best Practice Day at its facility in Irvine. This is a rare opportunity to access and learn from a world-leading company.

Scottish Enterprise operations director Jim Reid said: “The sustainable Ayrshire business events aim to encourage local businesses to make environmental savings that will reap bottom-line benefits to ensure future growth and success. The events are an excellent opportunity for Ayrshire companies and organisations to learn from the experiences of successful, sustainable businesses. It is clear that the Ayrshire business community can play a significant role in creating a greener Scotland.”

There are still some available tickets for these free events. For more information contact Leanne Saffer on 0141 331 2991.

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