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Leading Scottish telecoms company HighNet has been shortlisted for a major award from an influential UK Parliament group.

David Siegel MD HighNet

HighNet, with operations across Scotland including Inverness and Glasgow, is one of 12 finalists vying to be named National Responsible Business Champion for 2018.

The shortlist announced by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsible Group (APCRG) features companies nominated by constituency MPs and includes De La Rue, the company that makes UK banknotes and passports; munitions giant BAE Systems Land UK; and books and stationery retailer WH Smith.

HighNet is one of only three Scottish companies to make the list and the only one in the Highlands.

It was nominated as a constituency responsible business champion by Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP Drew Hendry.

Mr Hendry’s recommendation acknowledged HighNet’s success in supporting local charities and youth projects; working with the University of the Highlands and Islands to introduce young people to careers in telecoms; supporting the region’s media awards through sponsorship; implementing a green energy programme for its vehicles and office practices; setting up an online HighNet Academy for the training of its apprentices; and breaking the industry norms on the recruitment of young people and women.

David Siegel, managing director of HighNet, said: “We are very honoured to have made the shortlist for the national award and to be in such exalted company.

“Our ethos is centred on Plain Sailing where we deliver smooth and easy progress for our customers and staff. Our growth plans have corporate responsibility at their heart and we will always seek to operate in a way that is socially and environmentally conscious.”

The national winner will be announced on 4 July in Westminster.

In selecting companies for the national award shortlist, Parliamentarians looked for companies that are: supporting the local community; investing in healthy workplaces; offering apprenticeships and training; working to reduce their environmental impact; and working with suppliers & SMEs to support responsible business practice. The criteria for the 2018 national award reflect the fact that the Group is encouraging large companies to support smaller companies as they develop and implement responsible business practices.

Baroness Greengross, who co-chairs APCRG, said: “Each of these excellent companies thoroughly deserved the endorsement of their local MP as their Constituency Champion and I congratulate them all on being short-listed for our national award.  Yet again we have a very strong shortlist, which includes businesses large and small and from a wide variety of sectors from arms and aerospace to knitwear and senior care.”


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