A NEW sponsor has come on board for the Herald Express South Devon Business Excellence Awards.
The South West Energy Centre, described as having the potential to fuel the cornerstone of an economic recovery in Torbay and South Devon, is sponsoring the Best Green Business award seeking the company which has most reduced its energy footprint or has encouraged or enabled others to do so.
The centre, being built at Long Road, Paignton, by South Devon College, will provide training and information about green energy. The aim is for it to drive demand and ensure manufacturers, suppliers and installers have the skilled workforce needed, helping to create many private sector jobs.
The centre is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme Competitiveness and Employment Programme 2007 to 2013. It is supported by the Energy Saving Trust which has described the project as a centre of national significance.
The centre will feature many low carbon and energy saving features. The college has already launched courses in renewable technologies at the main college campus. The £6.6million centre should be open this summer.
Paddy McNevin, South West Energy Centre director, (pictured above) said: "We are delighted to sponsor the Green Business Award. The energy needs and requirements of the community in the South West is an essential part of the centre's mission and we do all we can to help businesses in South Devon and beyond to be more energy efficient and make the most of the opportunities which will come from the fastest growing sector in the UK."
South Devon College is an Associate Partner in the South Devon Business Excellence Awards together with headline sponsor Torbay Development Agency. The college's Business Advantage centre is sponsoring the Young Entrepreneur category.