Winners of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Corporate Green Awards were announced last Friday at a black-tie dinner hosted by popular TV presenter Dick Strawbridge.
The awards ceremony, sponsored by The Hills Group and held at the Four Pillars Cotswold Water Park Hotel, was attended by 150 local business leaders, company executives and local government officials.
These prestigious awards – now in their third year – reward environmental best practice in Wiltshire and Swindon businesses. Entry was open to all local and national companies and organisations with an operational base in Wiltshire or Swindon.
“This event keeps growing year on year which is a clear indication that more and more companies are taking environmental issues seriously,” sais Iain Boyd, the Trust’s Corporate Relations Officer and organiser of the event.
“We were delighted to receive a record number of entries this year, especially for the Green Shoots award which is designed for companies that are new to implementing environmental actions,” he added.
Award for Sustainable Impact on the Land
The winner of the Sustainable Impact on the Land award was Lyons Seafoods Ltd, based inWarminster.
Iain said: “Lyons Seafood has invested £300k to reduce the environmental impact of packaging materials and has aimed to get 100% recyclable and re-usable packaging where possible.”
Paul Succony, Operations Director for Lyons Seafoods, said: “We take our company’s impact on the environment throughout its total operation, from the farming of the prawns through to the customer very seriously, and we are pleased to have our efforts recognised by the Trust, who do so much for our environment in Wiltshire.”
The North Wessex Downs Sustainable Development Fund won a Highly Commended award in this category.
Iain said: “The North Wessex Downs Sustainable Development Fund encourages people to behave in a positive way to the environment. They have distributed over £350k to 85 projects – after match-funding, the value of these projects is over £1 million with a high level of community engagement to tackling environment issues.”
Mike Hill, Managing Director of The Hills Group – sponsors of the event – presented the awards in this category.
Award for Green Office
The winner of the Green Office award was GreenSquare Group, based in Swindon.
Iain said: “When this company opened their new office in Swindon they were determined to minimise their environmental impact. As well as using green electricity and recycling waste, the company has reduced car usage by using video conferencing and providing bicycles. By adopting these actions they have saved around 30,000 miles of travel, saving about 8.6 tonnes of CO2 per annum – a remarkable achievement.”
David Ashmore, Group Chief Executive of GreenSquare, said: "We are delighted to win this award and pleased that our offices at Barbury House have been picked out for special attention. These awards recognise local businesses that are making serious efforts to minimise their impact on the environment and we are proud of how much we did to achieve exactly that when opening our Swindon headquarters last year. Sustainability runs through all that we do at GreenSquare, whether that is through the development of our business and the quality of new homes; supporting the communities in which we work; or monitoring our impact on the world in which we all live.”
Peter Kent Architects in Potterne won a Highly Commended award in this category.
Iain said: “This architect firm is making a real investment in reducing their impact on the environment and spreading the word to others on how to do the same through better building design.”
Richard Jaggs, Director of Resolution Design in Devizes, presented the awards in this category.
Award for Green Tourism
The winner of the Green Tourism award was Salisbury Tourist Information Centre.
Iain said: “Salisbury Tourist Information Centre has put together an environmental action plan for their work. Major initiatives include replacing many paper-based applications with electronic forms, increasing energy efficiency by 20%, and funding two members of staff to undertake MSc degrees in eco-tourism. Their impact goes further as they encourage their customers to use public transport.”
Jane Fry MBE, Manager of Salisbury Tourist Information Centre, said: “The team is thrilled with this award. We are passionate about ensuring our office and services are as sustainable as possible, and wish to influence anyone who uses our services about the environment and the impact on it. We actively promote sustainable tourism in many ways including encouraging our customers to get out and about on bikes, walk, or use public transport as ways of seeing our beautiful county. Taking responsibility for our environment is something we can all do, and it is great that the team here have been officially recognised for their enthusiasm and work in achieving this."
Two companies received Highly Commended awards in this category, Willow Tree Barn and Rosemundy Cottage, both based in Devizes.
Iain said: “Willow Tree Barn has taken a fundamental approach to reducing the impact tourism has on the environment. Their building features water-sourced under-floor heating, solar panels, high quality insulation and they have their own sewage treatment plant. They have produced a green guide for their visitors and offer to collect and drop off guests so they do not need to use a car.”
Iain added: “As past Corporate Green Award winners Rosemundy Cottage continues to build on their past environmental achievements. They have implemented many new initiatives to reduce their impact and help others to understand what can be done in the tourism world to reduce the impact on the environment and have been used as an exemplar for recycling by Exeter University.”
Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Director of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, presented the awards in this category.
Award for Climate Change Impact
The winner of the Climate Change Impact award was Save Water Swindon.
Iain said: “This project is encouraging every resident in Swindon to reduce their water consumption by 20 litres a day. By adopting water-saving behaviours and installing water-saving products, the project aims to save over a million litres of water a day. In just a few months, they have given out 300 self-install kits and installed water-saving devices in 170 Swindon homes, saving over 3,500 litres per day.”
Viviana Levy, Save Water Swindon’s Project Manager, said: “Save Water Swindon is a partnership project between Thames Water, WWF and Waterwise. We are really honoured to receive this award and want to thank our supporters HSBC, Eaga and Swindon Borough Council. We have received such a positive response to the campaign from the public – I think it shows how passionate people are about protecting the natural environment, such as Swindon Lagoons and the River Kennet.”
Two companies received Highly Commended awards in this category, the Aster Group in Devizes and Park Lane Press in Corsham.
Iain said: “The Aster Group were recognised last year in the Green Shoots category and have come a long way since then. They have achieved an annual carbon reduction of 5,005 tons by improving energy efficiency in their homes.”
Iain added: “Park Lane Press is a company that started their environmental journey in 2002 introducing print without using chemicals and water, and substituting oil-based inks for vegetable-based ones.”
The Climate Change Impact awards were sponsored by Wiltshire Council and presented by its Chairman Brigadier Robert Hall.
Green Shoots Award
The winner of the Green Shoots award was DA Windows & Doors Ltd, based in Swindon.
Iain said: “DA Windows & Doors Ltd repairs and restores double glazed units as an alternative to replacing them. This process allows glass units to be repaired and saves customers up to 50% of the cost of new units, as well as the subsequent reduction in landfill and associated carbon emissions in transportation.”
David Pearson, Director of DA Windows and Doors Ltd, said: “Our company is thrilled to have been awarded the Green Shoots award – the Crystal Clear Window Works Process of ‘Get the Fog Out’ which involves repairing misty/foggy doubled-glazed units allows us to greatly reduce landfill waste and carbon emissions associated with the manufacture and fitting of new glass units. The award will help us to inform the public, local councils and housing associations that there is an environmentally friendly alternative to the on-going problem of moisture in double-glazed units.”
Three companies received Highly Commended awards in this category: Energy2 in Swindon, Resolution Design Ltd in Devizes and FMW Recycling in Wootton Bassett.
Iain said: “Energy2 was set up in August 2009 as a training-for-employment project for people with disabilities. What makes this project special is the environmental commercial enterprises set up to underpin the training. This organisation spotted a gap in the market and produces wood pellets for bio-mass fuels and animal bedding from recycled timber.”
On Resolution Design, Iain said: “This design company sets out to minimise their carbon footprint – all their electricity comes from renewable sources, their staff all walk or cycle to work, they use local suppliers, and encourage clients to use environmental marketing options.”
On FMW Recycling, Iain said: “This company collects and recycles batteries from across the south west and has delivered free battery recycling boxes to over 2,000 companies. Since January 2010, it has diverted an astonishing 60 tons of batteries from landfill.”
The Green Shoots awards were sponsored by Ringway Infrastructure Services and presented by its Divisional Director Paul Herbert.
Outstanding Contribution Award
The winner of the Outstanding Contribution award was Wessex Water Services Limited.
Iain said: “Wessex Water has set itself the goal of becoming sustainable throughout all of their business activities, minimising harm to the environment and positively contributing to its enhancement. They play a crucial role in the conservation and enhancement of chalk stream habitats and chalk grasslands. Their activities have had a direct beneficial effect on species such as the water vole, salmon and brown trout.”
Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Director of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, presented the award in this category.
Award for Green Travel
The winner of the Green Travel award was Ringway Infrastructure Services, in Devizes.
Iain said: “As part of their commitment to providing a greener fleet and reducing CO2 emissions, Ringway has launched a revolutionary hydrogen fuel injector which was fitted to a 7.5 ton community maintenance truck – achieving in excess of 20% less fuel consumed per tank this equates to reduced annual running costs of a staggering £1.5 million per year and lowers CO2 outputs by 16%.”
Paul Herbert, Divisional Manager Wiltshire of Ringway, said: “Ringway is delighted to have won the Green Travel Award. We are committed to reducing carbon and minimising the effect on the environment in the areas in which we work, live and operate. The Hydrogen Cell is one such initiative being implemented in Wiltshire and the wider Group.”
Danny Clenaghan, Director of Arval, presented the award in this category.
Award for Sustainable Progress
The winner of the Sustainable Progress award was Intel Corporation UK Ltd in Swindon.
Iain said: “Intel continue to work towards reducing their environmental impact – it has implemented an energy management strategy, invested in energy efficiency systems, and implemented a refurbishment programme which has seen the installation of climate neutral cool carpets. The judges were impressed by the staff’s involvement across all levels of the company through a wide range of projects, which are expected to reduce CO2 emission by 500 tons.”
Shirley Hansen from Intel said: “Intel has attended the Trust’s Corporate Green Awards since they began three years ago. We won the Green Office Award in 2008, and received Highly Commended in the same category for 2009. This year we submitted and won the Sustainability Progress award for our continued work in installing energy saving devices in our UK1 building in Swindon. The awards are a great way of recognising what companies based in Wiltshire are doing to promote, protect and preserve the environment.”
Center Parcs – Longleat received a Highly Commended award.
Iain said: “Center Parcs – Longleat continues to build on its environmental achievements. In 2010, it set new biodiversity targets for its forests, it has been re-accredited with The Wildlife Trust’s biodiversity bench mark, it has been certified with the Carbon Trust standard and has achieved a saving of 119 tons of carbon by reducing energy usage and a further 5.7% decrease on waste to landfill.”
Ruth Barden, Environmental Regulation Manager from Wessex Water, presented the awards in this category.
The winners received a stylish plaque from Mirage Signs.
Pictured (courtesy of Simon Young/WWT) from top, Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Director of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, host Dick Strawbridge and Mike Hill from The Hills Group; Perry Chadwyck-Healey, Chairman of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, host Dick Strawbridge and Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Director of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust;
Awards winners, from left to right: Mrs Pearson from DA Windows & Doors, Ruth Barden from Wessex Water, Mr David Pearson from DA Windows & Doors, Trevor Eddolls from GreenSquare, Emma Harrington from Wiltshire Council on behalf of Salisbury Tourist Information Centre, Donna Mitchell, Roger Johnson, Becky Morris and Tom Pritchard from GreenSquare, David Rideout from Lyons Seafoods and Paul Herbert from Ringway Infrastructure Services