AS Glasgow prepares to host the world’s biggest climate summit, UK energy charity Ashden is urging the city to put its own sustainability achievements centre-stage.

It is claimed businesses, charities and public sector bodies can earn global recognition by entering the Ashden Awards, which reward innovation in sustainability and climate action, for free.

The 2020 award winners will be showcased in the build-up to COP26 in Glasgow , where world leaders will agree plans to tackle global warming.

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Harriet Lamb, Ashden chief executive, said: “COP26 will be a pivotal moment in our response to the climate emergency. With the eyes of the world on Glasgow, the city’s innovators must show that solutions to the crisis already exist, and are helping build a fairer, better society.”


Above: Inaugural event. Credit Alison White Photography.

Women in Property branch out

The Highlands and Islands satellite branch of the Association of Women in Property was launched this week with a lunch held in Inverness, attended by over 45 women working in the built environment sector.

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Chair Hannah Lloyd said: “We encourage members to get involved, come to the events, maybe volunteer to organise one and enjoy sharing expertise and industry know-how.

"We are also keen to encourage our male colleagues and clients to come along to events – we know that businesses flourish when they have diverse teams working in a supportive environment, so we welcome their input.”


Above: From the summit of Ben A an in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Credit VisitScotland.

European mission

Tourism businesses will seek to strengthen Scotland’s position in Europe on a travel trade mission to Frankfurt with VisitScotland next week, involving 40 Scottish suppliers and up to 40 representatives from different European markets

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VisitScotland said Europe is the largest single market area for international visitors to Scotland, with 2.2m visitors in 2018. Its international market share of 64% grew by 5% compared to 2017.