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A tidy business is a good business
Thursday 19th August, 2010

A tidy business is a good business
Fresh Food Hut's Sara Jones (centre, with t-shirt) and judges from Borough in Bloom, with Helen Sharpes from Rose Bridge (right) at the school allotments.

Meet the team from the Fresh Food hut.

They are a local company who worked towards a Tidy Business Award and join 21 other local businesses that have already part of the award.

What’s more, the Fresh Food Hut has also signed up to the Buy Local Campaign and gone into partnership with Rose Bridge High School, who have a large allotment on the school grounds, in order to provide the freshest food for its customers. Juicy fresh lettuces were the first items to be bought from the school by the firm, and are destined for sandwich and salad fillings.

Owner Sara Jones says: “We have recently been awarded Healthy Business status by Wigan Council which shows our commitment to supplying healthy food. Going into partnership with Rose Bridge we can help keep their allotments sustainable and ensure that our customers get the freshest ingredients.”

The award assesses businesses on a range of criteria including recycling where possible and keeping the premises clean and tidy both inside and out. Businesses can achieve bronze, silver or gold level.

Wigan Council’s Environmental Education Team has been working with the borough’s local businesses to carry out the Tidy Business Award (TBA), which was set up by Wigan based Keep Britain Tidy.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for the Environment, Cllr David Molyneux, is a former pupil at Rose Bridge. He says: “It’s great to be able to link a local business to a nearby school through the Tidy Business and Eco-Schools programme. Wigan Council supports buying locally produced goods and here we have a local business cutting its carbon footprint and delivering an eco friendly local service.”

This partnership gives the students of Rose Bridge the chance to develop business skills.

Helen Sharples from the school says: “Selling our food to the Fresh Food Hut is a great way to involve our pupils in making our allotment site a business and will help us to keep the project sustainable.”

Cllr Molyneux adds: “Learning these skills is giving the students fantastic experience in the world of business and I hope that the partnership between The Fresh Food Hut and Rose Bridge will be the first of many throughout the borough.”

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