KIDDERMINSTER businessman Paul Hutchens has earned the Environmental Award in the ninth annual Institute of Directors (IoD) West Midlands Director of the Year Awards.

Renewable energy entrepreneur Mr Hutchens accepted the accolade from John Phillips, IoD regional director, during the awards ceremony at Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

The award recognises Mr Hutchens’ leadership and achievements since setting up Eco2Solar in 2007.

He will now go forward to represent the West Midlands region at the IoD’s national competition in London on Friday, October 11.

Mr Phillips, said: “Paul impressed us with his ability to create a successful business with healthy profits, zero borrowings and no external investors. He is a highly deserving winner.”

Eco2Solar provides solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and heat pump system installations for a range of commercial, social and domestic clients throughout the West Midlands and UK wide.

In 2012 the firm recorded end-of-year figures and turnover of over £5 million.

“I am delighted to have been recognised in this way,” said Mr Hutchens.

“The award is not only a fantastic testament and acknowledgement of my hard work as a director but also the entire team.”