Top award for local businessman

Keenan Recycling managing director  Grant Keenan with  JCI Scotland's national president Steven Wilson.

Keenan Recycling managing director Grant Keenan with JCI Scotland's national president Steven Wilson.

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The managing director of a North-east recycling company has been awarded in recognition of his entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

Grant Keenan of organics recycling company Keenan Recycling, which transforms food and garden waste into compost, was presented with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Scotland Creative Young Entrepreneur award (CYEA), during JCI Scotland’s National Conference in Edinburgh recently.

The award, which is open to people between the age of 18 and 40, honours and celebrates exceptional young entrepreneurs who have started a new business or created significant positive change in an existing business through innovative problem solving while adhering to the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Mr Keenan is committed to encouraging businesses to help the environment, and his organic recycling firm Keenan Recycling, which he runs with his brother Gregor, currently works with more than 500 companies and 120,000 households across the North- east and Inverness to help them to divert food waste away from landfill.

The New Deer businessman beat off strong competition from business leaders in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh to win the accolade, and judges were impressed with his skills as a leader and his creative approach to business.

Mr Keenan said: “Keenan Recycling is committed to helping the environment and encouraging businesses to work towards green targets, and winning the award means a lot to both the business and myself,.

“I am honoured to receive the accolade.”