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The UK's greenest businesses gathered at a glittering gala Luncheon held at London's East Wintergarden today (Tuesday 9 September), to find out who would be named Winner's of the 2008 Barclays Commercial Bank Green Leaders in Business Awards.

Green Leaders in Business was open to all UK & Irish companies, and had three separate categories ' companies with a turnover below £1m; between £1m and £20m; and above £20m.

The Awards recognise those companies who are using pioneering processes or new sustainable technology, products or services to help beat climate change and, crucially, boost their own profits.

To mark their success in a unique and memorable way, the 12 National Finalists will be featured in a limited edition book that will now be sent to government heads and influential figures around the world showing how British business is leading the way in a new industrial revolution ' one that promises to protect and preserve our planet.

The Winners are:

Moixa Energy (Turnover Category: Below £1million)

Founded in 2005, Moixa Energy invents new technologies and products that make electricity use more efficient. The company's first major initiative has been the introduction of a fully portable, rechargeable battery ' which not only reduces traditional battery waste and landfill, but also helps to raise consumer and corporate awareness of the need for sustainability.

Zytek Automotive (Turnover Category: Between £1 million and £20 million)

Zytek originally made its name in the development of electronic controls for high performance car engines, including Formula 1 racing cars. However, the company decided to capitalise on the growing focus on low emission vehicles and is now leading the way in providing electric vehicle systems that will change the way we think about transport in an increasingly global automotive market.

Innocent Drinks (Turnover Category: Above £20m)

Launched in 1999, Innocent is the leading smoothie brand in the UK, selling more than two million drinks a week, through 11,000 outlets. Running the business in a responsible way has always been essential to Innocent, with a strategy that includes using natural ingredients, sustainable packaging, running a resource-efficient business and sharing profits. (see above photo, Marcus Agius (Barclays Group Chairman), Jessica Sansom (Head of Sustainability, Innocent Drinks).

The following businesses were also highly commended:

Eco Hoardings Ltd (Turnover Category: Below £1million)

Eco Hoardings was formed in response to the huge waste of wood and wood-based products in the construction industry. The company offers environmentally friendly alternatives made from lightweight plastic boards that are solid and secure, aesthetically pleasing, long lasting and recyclable.

Futerra (Turnover Category: Between £1 million and £20 million)

Established in 2001, Futerra is a communications agency that works exclusively on corporate responsibility and sustainability briefs. Their clients come from the political, public and private sectors, ranging from small entrepreneurs to multinational corporations, all with an interest in communicating their commitment to ethical business practices.

Ecotricity (Turnover Category: Above £20m)

Before Ecotricity was founded in 1995, green electricity did not exist as a consumer choice. The company designs, plans, finances, builds, owns and operates wind energy projects and supplies 35,000 homes and 3,000 businesses in the UK - saving the emission of more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Barclays Commercial Bank Marketing Director, Richard French, said: 'Judging the Awards was a very difficult task but we feel the winning companies are leaders in the green business revolution, committed to ensuring there is a world for future generations to inherit.'

Barclays Marketing Director for Local Business, John Davis, added: 'We are delighted to recognise inspiring examples of forward thinking companies whose ecological conscience will improve the way we treat our increasingly fragile planet.'

Barclays Commercial Bank has teamed up with key partners to develop an exclusive environmental proposition for its customers:

Through Barclays Capital's award-winning expertise, we can help customers with carbon emissions trading.

We work in partnership with the European Investment Bank to offer an exclusive cashback scheme to customers financing a wide range of capital expenditure projects, with a minimum project cost of £50,000 and a maximum value of £17 million. Limits subject to change but are based on Euro exchange rate of 1.45.

Businesses can go to for further guidance on environmental issues.

Article Date: 13 September 2008

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