An Inverurie salon has been nominated for seven business awards in recognition of its commitment to the environment.
Élan Hair Design will go up against Deutsche Bank and Globe Education, NatWest and The Prince’s Trust as it aims to win the accolade for the most effective long-term programme at the Corporate Engagement Awards.
Élan is also in the running for the ASDA environmental leadership prize as part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards.
The salon will vie against major companies including HSBC and National Grid.
The salon has also been shortlisted in the environmental leadership and SME of the year categories in the Business in the Community Scotland Awards.
Élan won the Scottish Environmental Leadership award in 2015 and will defend its title at the ceremony being held at in Edinburgh on June 28.
Élan has also been nominated in the best Aberdeenshire hair salon category at the Aberdeen Business Awards on May 29.
In addition, the business has been shortlisted as a finalist at the National CSR Awards in the clean and green category and at the Look Awards in the outstanding contribution of the year category.
Lorna Milton, director at Élan Hair Design, said: “We are delighted to have been nominated for all of these awards, each of which is fantastic credit to all the staff at the salon.
“The entire Élan team is dedicated to doing as much as it can for both the environment and its local community – to be shortlisted for these awards is fantastic recognition of that commitment and our achievements to date.”
Élan has made significant environmental accomplishments since it began an eco-friendly initiative in 2012 which involved a £250,000 refurbishment of its premises.
The salon has since continued to develop innovative methods of reducing its carbon footprint, including designing a system to send hair clippings and other biodegradable waste to be spread as soil improver on local farmers’ fields.
Unique measures such as these have allowed the salon to divert 95% of its waste from landfill.