ENVIRONMENTAL issues are at the top of the agenda for firms of all sizes and across all sectors.
While legislation is compelling companies to "go green" most businesses recognise the good sense in taking measures to cut waste, increase efficiency and reduce costs.
Others in the town are focusing on providing environmental products and services.
Now Huddersfield firms have the chance to show off their green credentials by competing in the Examiner Business Awards.
The Green Award category invites entrants to show how they apply environmental policies in the workplace, how they pursue green policies in sourcing materials, making their products and disposing of waste or how their products and services contribute to the environment.
Last year’s winner was Meltham and Mirfield-based contract furnishings firm Camira – which has a reputation for embracing technological solutions to problems of waste.
The company has a "green culture" involving all members of staff and in 2005 firm won a Queen’s Award for Innovation for its pioneering work to recycle materials.
The Green Award is sponsored by Kirklees Council, which is a key supporter of environmental improvements across the district.
A spokesman said: "The council is delighted to sponsor this special Green Award.
"This sponsorship reflects our commitment to our ‘green’ ambition that the district becomes a beacon of green living in the UK and at a European level – and we know that business plays a key role in influencing the quality of the environment and the quality of life for residents.
"Through the work of the Green Business Network, and the Environment Unit, the council is already supporting local businesses to improve their environmental performance.
"Green Business Network’s recent appointment of a specialist business advisor means that practical help and advice on reducing their environmental impact is now available to all businesses across Kirklees, no doubt of particular value in the current climate of rising fuel costs.
"Meanwhile, the council and its partners are in the early stages of developing a climate change strategy for the Kirklees district, which will support local businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and adapt to the changes that climate change will bring.
"This opportunity to celebrate the ‘green’ achievements of our local businesses, and to showcase the excellent work already being done, is very welcome.
"We hope that other businesses are inspired to introduce ‘greener’ ways of working."
The Examiner Business Awards are sponsored by leading law firm Chadwick Lawrence.
Firms can enter online at www.examiner.co.uk/businessawards or you can ask for an entry form by phoning 01484 437702 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is Friday September 19.
The awards will be presented at a glittering gala dinner to be hosted by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration at the Galpharm Stadium on Thursday November 13.
Tickets for the awards night are £50 plus VAT. Contact 437702 for tickets.