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Council-owned company Coalo shortlisted for ‘best business’ awards

A Council-owned facilities management company has been shortlisted for top business prizes by Hounslow and West London Chambers of Commerce.

Published: Thursday, 1st October 2020

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Coalo, whose work includes maintaining Hounslow Council buildings and the borough’s social housing stock, has reached the final round of the 2019/20 Business Awards in the categories of Best Business for Health & Wellbeing, Best Business for Marketing and Social Media, Best Green Business, and Employer of the Year.

The winners will be announced later in the year at an awards ceremony dubbed the ‘business Oscars’ hosted by Graham Thorpe, the former England cricket batsman.

A number of gardens which are maintained by Coalo’s grounds maintenance team in partnership with residents at sites across the borough have been awarded a community gardening award by the London in Bloom 2020 judges. The gardens at Somerset Lodge, Somerset Road in Brentford; Bethany Waye in Feltham; the Devonshire Road Wildlife Garden in Chiswick, and Fenn House in Isleworth were among those that were recognised.

Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies, said: “Coalo really deserves to be shortlisted for these awards because it’s an outstanding company and it’s a testament to the hard work of staff that it has received this recognition.

“In these challenging times, we’ve all come to learn the value of green spaces for our mental health and sense of well-being. I want to say a special thank you to Coalo’s grounds maintenance team for their work in maintaining some of these spaces and the London in Bloom Award is a real credit to them and a positive boost for our beautiful borough.”

Sarah Gardner, Project and Improvements Manager at Coalo, said: “Coalo is so proud to reach the final round of these business awards. We work hard to provide our staff with a positive employment experience, and we’re delivering our environmental targets to reduce C02 emissions and enhance local green spaces. It’s fantastic these strengths, as well as our marketing and communications work, have been recognised by the judges and we eagerly await to hear the results later in the year.”

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