Environment and Community Award, sponsored by the Environment Agency

To prevail on environmental grounds the three finalists must convince the judges they have done most to minimise their environmental impact. Alternatively, or additionally, they must demonstrate a deep commitment to the community in which they operate. Co

To prevail on environmental grounds the three finalists must convince the judges they have done most to minimise their environmental impact. Alternatively, or additionally, they must demonstrate a deep commitment to the community in which they operate.

Contesting the final are a St Ives business coach, a Godmanchester insurance broker, both with strong charitable credentials, and Cambridgeshire Trading Standards, with an innovative scheme to counter under-age drinking in St Neots that is now being rolled out nationally.

Mike Yates is managing director of 121 Business Limited in St Ives. He works with small companies, many of them very small, helping them improve their business opportunities, often by encouraging them to think more objectively about their own firms.

But is his extensive charitable work with the Papworth Trust, Sue Ryder Care and British Heart Foundation that has attracted the judges' attention. He believes the business community can have massive impact on local social and community issues.


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