Port Long-listed for National Responsible Business Award

National Responsible Business Champion Awards 2016

The Port of Blyth has been long-listed for the National Responsible Business Champion award 2016 by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG), following a nomination from Ronnie Campbell MP.

Selected by the Group’s Co-Chairs, Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness (Sally) Greengross, the long-list of 25 companies will be narrowed down to a shortlist of companies.

Championing responsible businesses

The Responsible Business Champions scheme was introduced by the Group last year to encourage MPs to take a closer look at the activities of companies in their constituencies and consider the extent to which they are operating responsibly.

Competition for a place on the long list intensified this year with the Group receiving more than twice as many nominations from MPs compared to last year, with a wide range of businesses from across the UK represented.

Reception to announce the winner

A Parliamentary judging panel will select the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion, with the winner to be announced by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid, at the APCRG’s Responsible Business Champions reception on 13 July 2016.

Jonathan Djanogly, MP for Huntingdon said: “The companies nominated by MPs are going well beyond their core remit and making a real difference to their local communities, while treating their staff and customers well. These Constituency Champions really demonstrate what it means to be a responsible business and they can all be very proud to have been nominated by their MP”.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of the Port of Blyth said: “We were very proud to be nominated for this prestigious award by Ronnie Campbell MP and are delighted to hear that we have been long listed alongside a range of great UK companies. As a trust port and a responsible business, we take our role in the community very seriously, always striving to be both a good neighbour and an ambassador and champion for Blyth and the surrounding areas. This nomination is a result of the all the hard work of the Port of Blyth staff in ensuring we act responsibly at all times”.

The short list of companies will be announced in June.