We Have Been Shortlisted

It’s been a great start to the year for Recycling Lives and, in more good news, the organisation has been shortlisted for two awards Lancashire Business View’s 2012 Red Rose Awards!

Red Rose Awards 2012The shortlists were announced after an intensive two days of interviewing and judging at Lancashire Business View, and Recycling Lives is proud to have been shortlisted for both the Environmental Impact Award and the Large Business of the Year Award.

Last year, Recycling Lives was shortlisted in three categories and fought off still competition to take home the Commitment to Skills Award. The award recognised the company’s on-going commitment to training and development, both within the company and out in the wider community, which continues even now. Working with the Achieve Northwest project, Recycling Lives aims to help 100 people complete NVQ qualifications over the next two years, helping to boost the skills and confidence of local people and make them more employable in these difficult economic times.

This year’s shortlisting – for the Environmental Impact and Large Business of the Year awards – are an equally welcome recognition of the innovative work that Recycling Lives has undertaken in the past twelve months. The company continues to invest in both staff and technology, and is now one of the largest employers of local people in Preston. Throughout the recession, the company has avoided making any redundancies, investing instead in new equipment and staff training. And, it seems like the strategy has paid off – by supporting, training and valuing its staff, Recycling Lives has been able to significantly develop a number of its departments and attract new business. The company’s innovative flat panel display (FPD) unit processing centre in particular has gone from strength to strength, offering an efficient and effective method for reusing and recycling television and computer screens.

Mark Simpson, Commercial Manager of Recycling Lives’ Commercial department, commented:

“Here at Recycling Lives, we’ve been making every effort to minimise the effect of the recent economic difficulties on our business operations. While we, like other companies, have had to tread carefully, our commitment to environmental excellence and the highest employment standards has never wavered. We employ more local people than almost any other firm and take good care of our staff, ensuring that they have access to training, development and employability opportunities.

“To have been shortlisted for not one but two awards at this year’s Red Rose Awards is a welcome honour. We have continued the good work that won us last year’s Commitment to Skills award and are pleased to have now been recognised for another aspect of our business. We wish all the other worthy entrants to this year’s competition the best of luck and look forward to the awards ceremony in March.”

The results of the 2012 Red Rose Awards are set to be announced at a black tie dinner, held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on the 15th March this year. In the meantime, the staff at Recycling Lives will be keeping their fingers crossed and working hard to make sure that the rest of 2012 is as good as the beginning!