Forward-thinking Business Improvement District (BID) gains silver accreditation from Keep Scotland Beautiful

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has accredited ClacksFirst BID with a Silver in the National Awards for Environmental Excellence. The award acknowledges the organisation’s continued commitment to improving environmental quality, and makes it the second in its sector in Scotland to receive the commendation.

The accolade recognises the organisation’s achievements in delivering excellence in environmental quality.  The Business Improvement District has demonstrated good practice in the provision of waste management in conjunction with ACE Recycling, increasing safety practices through a Business Watch Scheme, with the local police, county-wide CCTV, mobile security patrols and their ongoing green and sustainability practices.

With community engagement and partnership working at the fore of the BIDs work, the efforts and systems have resulted in improved environmental quality across the area.

The National Award for Environmental Excellence is open to companies and organisations throughout Scotland and acts as a benchmark for corporate environmental performance. All entrants are assessed by the Keep Scotland and can be awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold level.

The award audit was carried out at ten business parks and industrial estates, and exceptionally high standards of environmental quality were recorded at two sites, Alloa Business Centre and Cooperage Way Business Village, which achieved the Gold level.

Of the other eight sites, six achieved silver and two bronze.  The other sites included: Alloa West, Alva Industrial Estate, Dumyat Business Park, Midtown Business Park, The Trade Centre, The Whins, Barnpark Business Park, and Riverbank Industrial Estate.

Kevin Deighan, Manager of ClacksFirst BID, commented: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from Keep Scotland Beautiful. ClacksFirst BID has maintained its goal of making the business and industrial spaces of Clackmannanshire safe, secure and clean.

“Enhancing the outstanding environment of the area is an important part of our work, and we are delighted to gain this recognition for our efforts. Not only does it highlight our efforts to the businesses currently located in the County, it is also a statement of intent to businesses considering relocation or expansion into Clackmannanshire.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is working closely with businesses and organisations across Scotland, helping them take direct action to address local environmental impact. The National Award for Environmental Excellence provides an exciting opportunity to assess and reward their efforts.

“We are delighted with the achievements of ClacksFirst BID. The Business Improvement District has set its sights particularly high in terms of improving environmental quality standards and we are pleased to recognise and celebrate their efforts.”