A project to boost sustainable development in Cambodia, run by South Yorkshire consultants, has won a top international accolade.
Universal Projects secured second place in the social responsibility section of the World Chambers Awards, at a ceremony in Doha, the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar.
The company, whose founders include former Shefﬁeld Chamber of Commerce chief executive Nigel Tomlinson and company secretary Stephen Mitchell, lost out to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.
It was the third time unlucky for Mr Tomlinson, who, with Sheffield Chamber, has twice before won second place at the awards presentation, held during the World Chambers of Commerce Congress.
However, he was far from downhearted afterwards – particularly since Universal Projects’ appearance at the awards has led to talks with social responsibility award-winner Dubai Chamber of Commerce about future collaboration.
Universal’s work in Cambodia involved a series of projects, funded by the World Bank.
These included helping the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce to encourage international trade.
But Universal and the Cambodian Chamber’s second place in the sustainable development award was for its Green Touch programme.
As part of Green Touch, Universal helped the Cambodians set up their ﬁrst Green Business Club and provided support to enable Cambodian companies to secure the ISO 14001 international environmental standard.
Universal also organised one of the largest trade missions from the Far East to the UK, bringing representatives of more than 50 Cambodian businesses to the country in September.
Universal and its Cambodian partners gained second place ahead of projects run by Chambers of Commerce in Melbourne, Auckland, and Calcutta.