Leigh company leads the green way

A Leigh company has become the first business in the borough to be awarded a Gold Award for its commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.

The Environmental Business Pledge (EBP) was presented to Hughes Brothers Building and Joinery Ltd by Wigan Council.

The EBP, developed by Manchester City Council and delivered by the local authority in partnership with Groundwork, is a free scheme which supports businesses by helping them to divert waste from landfill, reduce CO2 emissions and achieve cost savings.

The family business, whose headquarters are on Hope Carr Way, reduced its energy costs this year by 72 per cent following the installation of a Biomass Boiler and Solar PV.

Operations manager Mike Hughes said: “We have always looked at cutting cost and the easiest way, was to recycle our waste and get our employees to buy into our ideas on reducing carbon emissions.

“We now have a green steering group and hold regular meetings to discuss new ideas on carbon reduction.”

Deputy leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux said: “There’s never been a better time to adopt the Green agenda and we are delighted that such a high-profile company as Hughes Brothers is leading the way in our borough.”