The final countdown to The National Environmental Awards is well and truly on, with this summer ceremony now less than a month away.

While the finalists are getting ready to don their best bib and tucker for the second annual ceremony, so too are the sponsors who will also be at Rougemont School in Newport on July 14.

Western Power Distribution and GPT Environmental are this year’s co-headline sponsors, but there is a raft of other businesses backing the event by sponsoring award categories.

Monmouthshire Building Society was set-up in Newport way back in 1869 to help local people build homes.

More than 150 years later and the society is still going strong, now helping people across Wales and England buy properties and save for their future.

Unlike banks, the organisation is owned by its members, it doesn’t have shareholders to satisfy, and so it is free to re-invest profit back into the society to benefit current and future members.

The National Wales:

Last year, at the inaugural Environmental Awards, Monmouthshire Building Society sponsored the Carbon Zero Efficient Building Award, won by Canolfan John Burns Centre in Kidwelly.

And they have pledged to maintain their support for the fledgling event by backing this year’s Environmental Community Group Award.

“The society is delighted to be able to once again support The National’s Environmental Awards and sponsor the Environmental Community Group Award,” said a spokesperson.

“At the society, our environmental, social and governance promises are more than just words on a page, they inform our decision making and shape our culture, helping us to build a safe and sustainable business that our members, colleagues and communities trust.

“These awards recognise the individuals, businesses and not-for-profits who are making a commitment to reducing their carbon impact.

“It is great to see those who are driving innovations in sustainability, and those who are making significant adjustments to the way they live and do business.

The National Wales:

“The Environmental Awards nominees are inspiring and remind us that we can do better, and as individuals and as a collective, our actions matter.”

To do their bit for the public, the Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation supports community projects and initiatives with funding.

The society has also committed to a charity partnership with Shelter Cymru for the next five years, developing strategic support to help prevent the many people using its services from entering a housing crisis.

And the Our Branch Sponsorship Fund gives financial support to grassroots community groups, projects and programmes that benefit the communities in which they serve.

For more information about Monmouthshire Building Society, visit www.monbs.com.