A HUDDERSFIELD company is among five West Yorkshire firms to gain a national award for their responsible business practices.

Paving supplier Marshalls plc, which has sites at Birkby and Elland, has gained a Big Tick Award from Business in the Community.

The awards highlight the best examples of the positive impact businesses have on the environment, among employees, through supply chains and in the local communities in which they operate.

Joining Marshalls among the winners were greetings card firm Hallmark, Kier Building Maintenance, Logistik and Pinsent Masons.

The presentations took place at The Centenary Pavilion at Leeds United Football Club.

A further eight firms gained Big Tick re-accreditations for continued commitment after gaining Big Tick Awards last year.

The accolades were presented by ITV presenter Gaynor Barnes and BITC regional director Liz Needleman.

Marshalls, Hallmark and Logistik have also been shortlisted for the chance to win the overall Example of Excellence in their category, which will be presented at a gala dinner at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In a separate move, Marshalls chief executive Graham Holden was announced as regional ambassador for The Prince of Wales for the second consecutive year for his leadership and commitment to responsible business in the region.

Ms Needleman said: “Each year I am thoroughly inspired by the businesses across the region striving to incorporate responsible business in all they say and do.

“There is a growing requirement to do more with less which requires an innovative, creative approach to tackling societies biggest challenges, powerful collaboration, and effective leadership.

“Our winners have these qualities in abundance, and the diverse nature of the projects recognised through the Awards for Excellence highlights the powerful impact created when businesses and communities connect to meet local needs.

“All of our winners should be proud to be pioneers in this growing movement of individuals transforming businesses and by doing so transforming communities for good.”