Honorary degree for former Bettys chairman

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THE former chairman and chief executive of Bettys & Taylors has been presented with an honorary degree by the University of Leeds in recognition of his outstanding achievements.

Jonathan Wild received the Honorary Doctorate of Laws following his 30-year career with the Harrogate company.

During this time, the company regularly featured in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For list. In 2007 it was honoured at the highest level, receiving its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, only awarded to companies with the highest social and ethical values.

“It is, of course, a tremendous honour to be recognised in this way, particularly by such a great university,” said Mr Wild, who is also a passionate conservationist.

“I have seen first-hand some of the outstanding work carried out by its world-leading experts in the School of Earth and the Environment through their involvement in the United Bank of Carbon, a charity of which I am a trustee.

“The school has been instrumental in helping us to create the largest database of certified rainforest protection projects in the world which we are now seeking to partner with businesses.

“It’s a great example of how businesses and the academic world can work together.”