Forward-thinking Business Improvement District (BID) gains silver accreditation from Keep Scotland Beautiful whilst Ceteris sites, Alloa Business Centre and Cooperage Way Business Village achieve Gold level.
The award audit was carried out at ten business parks and industrial estates across Clackmannanshire, and exceptionally high standards of environmental quality were recorded at two Ceteris sites, Alloa Business Centre and Cooperage Way Business Village, which achieved the Gold level. We were also pleased that The Trade Centre achieved Silver Level.
Of the other seven sites, five achieved silver and two bronze. The other sites included: Alloa West, Alva Industrial Estate, Dumyat Business Park, Midtown Business Park, The Whins, Barnpark Business Park, and Riverbank Industrial Estate.
Overall, environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has accredited ClacksFirst BID with a Silver in the National Awards for Environmental Excellence. The award acknowledges the organisation’s continued commitment to improving environmental quality, and makes it the second in its sector in Scotland to receive the commendation.
The accolade recognises the organisation’s achievements in delivering excellence in environmental quality. The Business Improvement District has demonstrated good practice in the provision of waste management in conjunction with ACE Recycling, increasing safety practices through a Business Watch Scheme, with the local police, county-wide CCTV, mobile security patrols and their ongoing green and sustainability practices.
With community engagement and partnership working at the fore of the BIDs work, the efforts and systems have resulted in improved environmental quality across the area.
The National Award for Environmental Excellence is open to companies and organisations throughout Scotland and acts as a benchmark for corporate environmental performance. All entrants are assessed by the Keep Scotland and can be awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold level.
Margaret Mary Rafferty, Managing Director of Ceteris, said: “This accreditation shows the benefit in working together to deliver environmental excellence in Clackmannanshire. We are proud to be part of the Clacksfirst BID, helping to improve the working environment and safety of our tenant businesses.
I am especially thrilled that two of our sites achieved Gold level and would like to pay tribute to both Clacksfirst BID and our property team, led by Angela Ogilvie, for all the effort made to ensure the Alloa Business Centre and Cooperage Way Business Village achieved the highest accolade.”
Kevin Deighan, Manager of ClacksFirst BID, commented: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from Keep Scotland Beautiful. ClacksFirst BID has maintained its goal of making the business and industrial spaces of Clackmannanshire safe, secure and clean.
“Enhancing the outstanding environment of the area is an important part of our work, and we are delighted to gain this recognition for our efforts. Not only does it highlight our efforts to the businesses currently located in the County, it is also a statement of intent to businesses considering relocation or expansion into Clackmannanshire.”
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Keep Scotland Beautiful is working closely with businesses and organisations across Scotland, helping them take direct action to address local environmental impact. The National Award for Environmental Excellence provides an exciting opportunity to assess and reward their efforts.
“We are delighted with the achievements of ClacksFirst BID. The Business Improvement District has set its sights particularly high in terms of improving environmental quality standards and we are pleased to recognise and celebrate their efforts.”
PICTURE L-R: Eva Gardiner, Ceteris Facilities Manager; Keith Brown, MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane; Margaret Mary Rafferty, Ceteris Managing Director.