Selwyn responsible business network launched

by Kent Caddick

Lincoln Envirotown’s Responsible Selwyn Business Awards has undergone some changes for 2018.

Last year the awards, which recognise environmentally responsible businesses, were expanded to include the whole of the Selwyn district rather than just its original coverage area of Lincoln.

Each year, since the inception of the awards, Lincoln Envirotown Trust (LET) has organised an award ceremony to present trophies to the winning businesses and organisations and also carried out a survey to find out what businesses were doing for environmental sustainability.

However, LET project manager, Dave Fitzjohn, said this year will be different as the awards will now be held every two years rather than annually.

“Running the awards throughout the district enabled us to introduce some new awards along with the smaller area trophies that have been traditionally awarded,” Mr Fitzjohn said.

“This year is to be one without any survey or awards, and these will now take place every two years.

“Instead Lincoln Envirotown has been very lucky to recruit the services of Rex Verity to coordinate a different type of project this year. Rex currently owns a small business. He has also worked on many initiatives that have related to community and environmental issues.

“He is now in the process of contacting the businesses of Selwyn to seek their participation in a Selwyn Responsible Business Network.

“The most significant developments will be around establishing means of providing information to businesses about sustainable practices and community involvement, and more importantly the sharing of ideas.”

Mr Fitzjohn said three social events are planned for later in the year, which will feature guest speakers and discussions amongst the business community. A Facebook group has already been opened, and businesses will be encouraged to join.