Stagecoach Manchester scoops green award

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Pictured collecting the Large Business Award are Chris Bowles, Stagecoach Manchester managing director (second from left) and engineering director Peter Sumner (second from right)
Pictured collecting the Large Business Award are Chris Bowles, Stagecoach Manchester managing director (second from left) and engineering director Peter Sumner (second from right)

The group won large business category of inaugural Greater Manchester Green Business Awards last week

Stagecoach Manchester won the ‘Large Business’ category of the inaugural Greater Manchester Green Business Awards last Thursday (March 8).

The firm was awarded for its commitment to reducing carbon emissions and to recycling waste generated by the business, as well as its internal programmes, designed to engage staff and encourage them to support the group’s environmental initiatives.

The awards, organised by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, recognise local organisations which have placed environmental best practice at the heart of their business success.

Stagecoach Manchester fought off tough competition from five other local organisations, including the Trafford Centre and the University of Manchester.

“Stagecoach Manchester takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and winning this award is testament to the commitment of our employees at all levels in the company, in working towards our green targets,” said Chris Bowles, MD of Stagecoach Manchester.

“I am extremely proud of the dedication and hard work of the whole team over a sustained period, which has led to this fantastic award. We will endeavour to continue offering the most up-to-date vehicles and best service possible to our customers, while at the same time keeping the environmental impact of our operations to a minimum.”

Charlie Parker, lead officer of the Greater Manchester Environment Commission and chief executive of Oldham Council, said: “This was a very competitive category and the judges spent some time making sure they made the right decisions, as this is a new award run by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

“Congratulations to the Stagecoach Manchester team who have invested heavily in improving the sustainability of their fleet and are doing their bit to reduce their carbon footprint.”