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15 Nov 2011 04:11:00

Stores Direct Green Award goes to Hanson Music

David Duffy of Stores Direct presents the Green Award to Alastair and Jenny Hanson of Hanson Music
On November 3rd leading members of the Huddersfield business community gathered at the Galpharm Stadium for the 2011 Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards. The event was hosted by Harry Gration of BBC Look North, and David Duffy was there to present the Stores Direct Green Award. The Green Award celebrates outstanding environmental initiatives by local businesses. This year's nominees were Hanson Music, Kirkwood Hospice and Holmforth Vineyard.

Award winners Hanson Music are the first wind instrument manufacturer to gain Forest Stewardship Council certification, making the world's first FSC clarinets at the end of 2010. Hanson Music is a family business owned by husband and wife team Alastair and Jenny Hanson and based in Marsden, West Yorkshire. Founder Alastair Marsden is an internationally respected musical instrument designer as well as a tireless campaigner for conservation of endangered forests.

The Green Award was sponsored by Stores Direct, winners of the 2010 SME Business of the Year and one of the UK's largest retailers of wood burning stoves. Managing director David Duffy said "Our business is growing, catering to customers wanting carbon neutral ways to heat their homes as well as people who need cheaper alternatives to gas and oil. A wood burning stove can serve both needs, with many models burning so cleanly they can be used in smokeless zones. This has shown us there can be a real synergy between commercial, consumer and environmental interests. We want to encourage other companies to explore the benefits of a more environmentally friendly business model."

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