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BESST Awards

This page showcases the winners of the BESST Most Sustainable Business Awards and also of the Blue Business Awards, from Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which are awarded for improving Water Quality & Water Quantity.

The Blue Business Awards have been co-ordinated as part of Shropshire Wildlife Trust’ wider Love Your River project, run in partnership with the Environment Agency. BESST was chosen as the Pilot to launch this award for the EA in 2015 with a view to it going national. The project aims to increase awareness of water pollution at community and industrial scale and has already worked with a number of companies including Ricoh in Telford to reduce diffuse pollution at their sites.
2017 Award Winners
Our 3rd Annual Awards event was held at the Park House Hotel in Shifnal and awards were given out for Carbon & Energy Management, Unsung Sustainability Heroes and Natural Capital Enhancement.
Carbon & Energy Management was awarded to Epwin (Telford) for their ongoing energy reduction. Natural Capital Enhancement was awarded to Julie Burroughs for the Shelter Wildlife Together campaign and the Unsung Sustainability Heroes award went to the Eco Ninja’s at Ricoh for the work they carry out with wildlife programmes.
L-R: Andy Whyle (BESST Chair), Ricoh Eco-Ninja’s Tom Firmstone, Cal Griffin & Stuart Mapp. Julie Burroughs and Paul Nelms of Epwin (Telford)
2016 Award Winners

This event was the second year of our now Annual Awards for both Blue Business Awards and BESST Most Sustainable Business. The quality of entries was extremely high, and we eventually gave out 3 awards to BESST members and 2 were also awarded for the Blue Business Award.

The Blue Business Award for Water Quality was given to Charles Lawson of Forge Property Consultants for their Green Roof implementation and water savings measures. The Water Reduction Award went to Leela O’Dea of Frog Environmental for implementing silt management assets to reduce sedimentation of watercourses.

The awards for BESST’s  Most Sustainable Businesses went to: Viessmann UK (Environmental Product), Emerald Trading (Waste Management) and Lyreco (Carbon & Energy Management)

L-R: Forge Property Consultants, Paul Hinkins (TBB Chair) Leela O’Dea (Frog Environmental), Guy Pluckwell & Pete Lambert (Shropshire Wildlife Trust)
L-R: Paul Hinkins (TBB Chair), Manel Roura & Peter Gorjka (Lyreco), Chris Leech (Viessmann Ltd), Mark Gilber (Emerald Trading) Andy Whyle (BESST Chair)

2015  Award Winners

Two Blue Business Award winners were announced at the event. Bridgnorth Aluminium was awarded in recognition of their commitment over 3 years to improve drainage and pollutant capture at their huge site in Bridgnorth. In addition, the company has worked with students from University of Wolverhampton to create a wild flower meadow on a disused section of their property.
A second award went to Arriva for their efforts to reduce the amount of water they use to wash public transport at their depot in Harlescott by harvesting rainwater. This has reduced the depot’s water costs greatly and perfectly demonstrates that a sustainable business is often has lower running costs.
L-R: Andy Whyle (BESST Chair), Pete Lambert [& Colin Preston (SWT), Steve Howson (Arriva) Neil Birt (Bridgnorth Aluminium), Guy Pluckwell & Paul Hayward (Environment Agency)

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