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For immediate release: Tuesday 7 March 2017

SALMOND SEEKS LOCAL BUSINESS CHAMPION NOMINEES 

LOCAL MP LOOKING FOR GORDON’S ‘SHRINKING VIOLETS’ OF BUSINESS

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has issued a call across the local community for help in selecting a Constituency Responsible Business Champion for 2017. 

An appeal for nominees for the award has been made by Mr Salmond, seeking enterprises who have made a particularly positive impact in his constituency and beyond. If indeed the reach of any particular local business goes further than the boundaries of Gordon, a joint nomination can be made with a neighbouring MP.

Mr Salmond is looking for nominations for some of the best home-grown companies, with selection criteria including active support of the community, healthy workplaces, embracing apprenticeship and training schemes and promoting diversity and inclusion.

A Parliamentary judging panel will then select outstanding candidates to be entered into the running to become the National Responsible Business Award Champion. 

Gordon constituents are encouraged to come forward with their suggestions, and to email Mr Salmond with the subject heading “Constituency Responsible Business Champion Nominee”. Alternatively, nominations can be made by post. 

Nominations should include the name of the business, and a short message detailing their achievements and what makes them stand out as a candidate for the award. 

Mr Salmond said:

“The heartbeat of any community is the people who live there, and local business is a vital part of keeping that community healthy. 

“There are countless businesses which I could think of to nominate for this award, but I felt that it would be a good idea to hand over to my constituents to ensure we don’t miss out on any shrinking violets.

“I urge everyone in Gordon to take a look around their neighbourhoods and have a think which shop, trader of firm makes a real difference, going above the board to make the community a better place.

“Once you’ve spied a suitable candidate, drop me an email or a letter to tell me why they should receive the accolade of becoming a local champion. I very much look forward to reading them.” 

ENDS

Notes to editors: 

Gordon constituents are encouraged to come forward with their suggestions, and to email Mr Salmond (alex.salmond.mp@parliament.uk) with the subject heading “Constituency Responsible Business Champion Nominee”. Alternatively, nominations can be made by post. (42 Market Street, Ellon, AB41 9JD)

Nominations should include the name of the business, and a short message detailing their achievements and what makes them stand out as a candidate for the award.  

The deadline for community nominations is Tuesday 18 April 2017, with the MP making the final nomination on Tuesday 25 April 2017.   

More information on the scheme can be found here: http://www.apcrg.org.uk/responsible_business