Port honoured for community work

Port of Blyth. Picture by Airfotos.
Port of Blyth. Picture by Airfotos.

A port is in the running for a top award in recognition of its role in the community.

The Port of Blyth has been shortlisted for the prestigious National Responsible Business Champion Award.

It has been commended for its commitment to the community by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG).

A programme of public engagement is delivered by the port, including regular liaison with residents’ group and public presentations plus regular sponsorship of local events.

The Responsible Business Champions scheme was introduced in 2015 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.

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 to appear on the committee’s long list.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted.

“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 all the hard work put in by Port of Blyth staff in ensuring we act responsibly at all times.”

Jonathan Djanogly, MP for Huntingdon, said: “The companies nominated are going well beyond their core remit and making a real difference to their local communities.”

“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.”

The winner is to be announced by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid at a reception on July 13.