'We were over the moon to have won an Echo Environment Award'

Time is not only ticking to help our environment, but to reward those in Liverpool fighting for the cause – nominations for the coveted Echo Environment Awards 2022 close on Wednesday, May 11.

The awards intend to not only recognise and reward – but inspire.

Whether it’s networking on the night or your work promoted to the millions reading the Echo, these prestigious awards could see you have even more of an impact.

Maybe it’s a new customer or client wanting to get more environmentally involved, or it could be a budding eco hero taking on your ideas to make a difference – either way, the Liverpool City Region is ready to follow in your footsteps, it just needs to hear about it first.

Click here to enter now for the chance to join your fellow community champions at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Liverpool on June 1. For more information about the special event headline sponsored by United Utilities, click here.

The sponsor panel for the Echo Environment Awards 2022. The background is an overhead shot of a forest, tinted green. In the middle of the background is a white rectangle. On the left side, it has a green circle with the words "echo environment awards - healthier, greener, connected" - and a logo of a tree, all in white. On the right side of the rectangle, in green writing is the words "in association with United Utilities: water for the north west. Along the bottom of the rectangle is a white banner with the logos of the awards three sponsors.

Swapping TikTok and toys for committees and campaigning, individually, in groups and with their schools, the younger generation are all making a stand and rightfully deserve recognition for it.

But it isn’t just young people promoting greener living – businesses and organisations across the Liverpool City Region are doing their part.

Let us give them the recognition and thanks they deserve by nominating today.

Victoria Corcoran and Craig Hailes were two of the eco champions we celebrated last year.

The Pets Country Manor, a luxury, five-star licensed hotel for cats based in Tarbock Green, took home the Zero Waste Award for its inspiring commitment to being a zero-waste business.

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Victoria and Craig were delighted to win the award at the virtual ceremony

“We were over the moon to have won at the Echo Environment Awards and honestly didn’t expect to win such an amazing award – we were truly gobsmacked!

“We’re delighted and so proud that the Pets Country Manor and our team have been recognised for this and its a great opportunity for us to let our customers and the general public know about the steps our business has taken over recent years to lower our carbon footprint.

“It means so much to us personally, and to also be recognised in a business capacity for all our investment and the changes our business is continuing to make to be more green has been amazing. We believe its becoming increasingly important as the years go on to put in the effort, to all try and do a little bit each year and then build on this year on year.”

Since winning, the business has grown to offer more services, such as ‘Pawsome Afternoon Tea’ and ‘Kitty Tapas’ and even won another award for its community work.

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Pawsome Afternoon Tea at The Pets Country Manor

If you want to see your local business owners as pleased as Victoria and Craig, take a look at the various categories and criteria below, then get your entry in today.

Those who impress the judges and are shortlisted will be given two complimentary tickets to attend the highly-anticipated awards, with additional tickets available for £40 (+VAT).

The categories are:

New Green Business of the Year

This category is open to new businesses which began trading after January 1, 2019 (operating for less than two years).

If your business has the environment or wellbeing at the centre of its operations then we want to hear from you! Judges are looking for evidence of innovation, investment in new technologies, as well as excellent staff engagement and the impact of the business within the community and environment.

Green Business of the Year

This award is for businesses established for more than two years.

If your business has the environment or wellbeing at the centre of its operations then we want to hear from you! Judges will be looking for evidence of innovation, investment in new technologies, as well as excellent staff engagement and the impact of the business within the community and environment.

CSR Award

This award recognises businesses which go above and beyond, demonstrating how they operate responsibly towards the environment, community, employees and stakeholders. Judges will be looking for evidence of projects and initiatives introduced. If your business helps to make a positive impact on the environment and the lives of others, let us know!

Healthy Living Award

This award recognises projects which take notice of the environment and use it to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in our community. Perhaps your project has encouraged healthy eating or maybe introduced sport and exercise to others. Tell us about the work you are doing to encourage a healthy environment, body and mind.

Community Impact Award

This award recognises local communities working together. We want to hear about positive neighbourhood improvement projects, communities making the best use of green space, neighbours working together to make their neighbourhoods a safer and healthier place to live.

Tell us about your community projects and how you have helped to connect with your environment to make something positive happen where you live.

Green School of the Year

This award is for any Merseyside school which is taking an active and committed approach to putting the principles of sustainability and healthy living into practice. We want to hear what your school has introduced to become healthy and green.

Perhaps your school has introduced an outdoor learning environment, a grow-your-own scheme or maybe the pupils have set a project up to carry out work in the local community. Tell us all about what your school has introduced to become more environmentally aware and create healthy surroundings.

Environmental Youth Award

This award is for a team or an individual young person aged 18 or under. We want to hear about budding young environmentalists from across Merseyside who are getting involved in green projects or helping to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

We encourage nominations for young people who inspire and raise awareness for environmental action through activities and clubs in their communities as volunteers.

Environmental Champion

Sponsored by United Utilities

This award recognises an individual or a group who deserves recognition for their environmental work. They may be an unsung community hero, a business person, maybe a group of special volunteers. Whatever their background or age, if you know someone that is a true inspiration to others, tell us about them.

The Circular Economy Award

Sponsored by Merseyside Waste Authority in partnership with Veolia

This award is open to all organisations taking or developing a ‘circular economy’ approach to the delivery of their organisation or project. The winning entry of this award will demonstrate how it implements a circular approach to material flows and you should provide evidence of the organisation or project’s commitment to reducing carbon and addressing climate emergency through resource efficacy.

Emphasis will be on social value created through the use of circular practises, for example: supporting biodiversity, reducing water usage, using local suppliers, creating green jobs, providing training and education, working with academia.

  • The nomination deadline is Wednesday, May 11, with the event following on Wednesday, June 1 at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory, Liverpool.
  • To enter or book tickets, visit the official website.

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