OFDA’s award bid

On the list: Members of the team involved in the So-Go-Eco initiative which secured the Sheffield-based Office Friendly Dealer Association a place in the finals of the National Business Awards
On the list: Members of the team involved in the So-Go-Eco initiative which secured the Sheffield-based Office Friendly Dealer Association a place in the finals of the National Business Awards
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A SHEFFIELD organisation which brings together businesses across the UK that sell office products and services has been nominated for a National Business Award.

The Office Friendly Dealer Association (OFDA), is a not-for-profit co-operative which has won the Environmental Impact Award at the Sheffield Business Awards two years in a row.

Now it is up against household names like Anglian Water, 3D design software specialist Autodesk, the Building Research Establishment, printer, copier and fax group Kyocera Mita and publishers Reed Elsevier in the sustainability category of the National round of the competition.

OFDA, which is based at the Sheffield Business Park headquarters of office supplies wholesaler VOW, gained its place by working with Carbon Smart – part of the BPR recycling group, to develop the So-Go-Eco programme to help small and medium-sized businesses become greener and more profitable.

Programme successes include Bradford-based paper company Premier Vanguard which has made annual savings of £15,000 by cutting fuel and utility bills and changing their production processes.

OFDA managing director Steve Harrop said: “The nomination is vindication for all the hard work our team has put into developing a scheme that is unique in our industry and, we believe, in the UK SME sector.

“The focus of carbon reduction has been on larger companies but the majority of businesses in the UK are SMEs and often, they don’t have the right tools or support. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense, but we’re providing a co-ordinated scheme that helps smaller businesses cut costs, boost their profits and help the environment, as well as giving their staff the feelgood factor.”