Shortbread supplier Paterson Arran has been named as one of two British finalists in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The Scottish biscuit manufacturer is one of six companies shortlisted for the Medium to Large Business Management category accolade, which recognises outstanding effort and commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly development.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Vienna on 14 November.

Adam Wilson, technical manager at Paterson Arran, said the company was delighted to make it through to the final.

“We have reduced our environmental impact each year since first formalising an Environmental Management System (EMS) in 2009,” he said. “This nomination is testament to the hard work of all of our employees in contributing to the success of our EMS and the delivery of our comprehensive Environmental Targets Programme.”

In 2009, the Livingston-based manufacturer was awarded the ISO 14001 accreditation for environmental management, which it has since retained and, last year, the company was crowned winner of the 2017 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) awards for sustainable practice and living.

In February, Paterson Arran announced it would be restructuring the business following the retirement of owners Alan Hardie and Ian Appleton following 21 years in charge.