Edinburgh’s tidiest businesses receive awards

Six city businesses have been awarded Tidy Business Edinburgh Awards for their efforts to help keep the capital clean and green.

The awards were presented as part of the successful Clean Up Edinburgh campaign, which aims to tackle the problem of littering by raising awareness and encouraging good practice. Businesses play a vital role in helping the Council to meet its environmental aims by improving the appearance of the city’s streets and encouraging people to visit their local high street.

The initiative focuses on three streets, chosen for their high number of independent businesses: Rose Street, Easter Road and Morningside Road. In order to win an award, businesses have to show that they are taking an active approach to improving the local environment, by keeping their section of the street clean and tidy, whilst making efforts to reduce waste and recycle. There are three Tidy Business accreditations, Standard, Silver and Gold.

The following businesses have been chosen to receive awards:

Gold:

Bees 2 Honey, Rose Street

Oxfam, Morningside Road

Mail Boxes etc, Rose Street

Silver:

Easter Road Podiatry, Easter Road

Mail Boxes etc, Morningside Road

Standard:

Houseproud, Morningside Road

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all winners of the Tidy Business Awards. There are real benefits for businesses that embrace recycling and make an extra effort to keep their shop fronts clean and tidy. Not only does it help to make their businesses more attractive to visitors but can also help them to make significant cost savings by reducing waste.

“I hope that more businesses throughout the city will become involved in the scheme throughout the year ahead, to help make us make Edinburgh a cleaner and greener city.”

Bees 2 Honey, a Rose Street convenience store, was chosen to receive a Gold Award, thanks to their commitment to recycling and energy efficiency. The business owners, Ajay and Mita Mehta also participate in community clean up events to help improve the cleanliness of the local area as a whole.

Mrs Mehta said: “We at are delighted and proud to have won the Gold Award as we have worked extremely hard to modernise and give a fresh look to our shop. Our aim was to deliver a unique shopping experience to our customers.

“We are committed to reusing and recycling wherever we can and I try my best to find a use for even the smallest items that would normally end up as trade waste. I would encourage other businesses to do the same because it’s definitely worth the hard work. Our customers really appreciate the effort we make and we get lots of compliments from them, which is fantastic.”

The Tidy Business Award scheme will be extended to other areas of the city next year and any local businesses owners who would like to be considered for an award can apply online.

Gold award winners Mr and Mrs Mehta 

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