Portsmouth port took home not one, but two awards at The News Business Excellence Awards last night, where it was crowned international business and sustainable business of the year.
The annual awards, sponsored by the University of Portsmouth, recognise and honour businesses and individuals across a range of categories, from apprentices up to large businesses, and everything in between.
Mike Sellers Portsmouth International Port director said: "We are thrilled to take home two of the top awards.
"This is testament to the incredible hard work and resilience of the everyone at the port to continue to deliver a first-class service during one of the toughest times we ever faced.
"We continue to look to the future and are excited about what happens next, there is a real opportunity for the port to lead the way in both global business and sustainability and put the focus on the city."
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson Leader of Portsmouth City Council said: "The port has achieved so much in really challenging circumstances, which is why we have continued to support investment to help the business grow.
"These awards highlight efforts of the whole team, who were recognised as key workers during the pandemic. But they have also concentrated looking towards how they can achieve future success.
"We have seen a world first from Virgin Voyages launch from the port and will hopefully soon see the proper return of overseas travel.
"The city benefits hugely from the port's success and I'm delighted to see this recognised by these two major awards."
Cllr Kimberly Barrett Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Green Recovery said: "“I am so impressed by the commitment of the port towards its sustainable goals.
“This award recognises the determination and hard work currently underway to show our city’s port can lead the way in environmental standards.,
“From the UK’s most sustainable terminal buildings, to becoming a test bed for innovation, the port looks at a range of opportunities to support their environmental aims. They have air quality sensors to capture emissions in the port, solar PV across the whole site to help become carbon neutral, not to mention electric vehicles.
“Congratulations to the team and I look forward to seeing future plans develop.”