Top award for North-east 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.

A NORTH-EAST recycling company boss has been recognised for his entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

Grant Keenan, managing director of New Deer-based organics firm Keenan Recycling, which transforms food and garden waste into compost, was presented with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Scotland Creative Young Entrepreneur award (CYEA), in Edinburgh.

The award 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 company, which he runs with 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.

Mr Keenan 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.

He 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, and I am honoured to receive the accolade.”

Euan Gillies, Scotland Creative Young Entrepreneur Award programme manager, said: “The judges were very impressed by Grant’s work, and the fact that Keenan Recycling is significantly contributing towards the one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to ensure environmental sustainability was also an important factor as JCI works in relationship with the UN to ensure these are achieved.”