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Sustainable Business Awards 2010 Finalists

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Micro Business Category SPONSORED BY
  • 3. Cresson Creative
    • Strong supporter of local produce – sourcing from and supplying to Hampshire Fare
    • Original organisers of Alresford’s highly successful Watercress Festival, attracting large numbers of visitors to the area
    • Flexible delivery and collection arrangements minimise transport impacts of products and materials
    • High levels of public and community engagement support strong sustainability message passed to customers
    • Local produce championed through national media presence
    • Local employment, work experience opportunities, training
    MICRO BUSINESS
  • 4. Rapanui Clothing
    • Sustainability considerations applied to every stage of the supply chain
    • World’s first traceability of products on website
    • Staff travel – lent bicycles, or bus fare paid if raining!
    • Share of profits donated to Marine Conservation Society, and conservation gap year student supported in 6-month placement.
    • Scrupulous honesty in product labelling – rated using own ‘traffic light’ system
    • Awareness-raising activities at schools and local events
    MICRO BUSINESS
  • 5.
    • In order to rationalise their operations, they recently moved to a warehouse that is 80% smaller their previous premises. This has saved the organisation money on rent and utilities.
    • Holds Investors in People accreditation which reflects the staff development and training programme. Volunteers are recruited from all walks of life, especially those who would struggle to find work due to their past or health restrictions.
    S.C.R.A.T.C.H MICRO BUSINESS
    • Provides an outlet where surplus paint can be redeployed for use. The paint is kept in a separate area, appropriately shelved, and only non-toxic paint is accepted.
  • 6. Small Business Category SPONSORED BY
  • 7.
    • Herb UK’s commitment to Sustainability was recognised recently when they won the New Forest Business Partnerships’ Brilliance in Business award for Sustainable Business of the year.
    • Applied for and received an Energy Grant 500 award from Business Link and used the money to obtain an Efergy energy monitor in order to be able to constantly trace energy use in the company buildings
    Herb UK SMALL BUSINESS
    • All raw materials used in the creation of Herb UK’s products are Organic, Soil Association and Cruelty Free recognised.
    • Over 50% of the cardboard packaging, along with 100% of the paper, from raw materials is shredded on site and re-used as packaging
  • 8. The Sustainability Centre SMALL BUSINESS
    • Provides a natural burial site which is managed according to an ecologically sound system. The woodland is worked as a coppice to ensure a rich bio-diversity, encouraging all manner of wildlife
    • Has a strict sustainable procurement policy and uses FSC as a minimum standard for timber
    • Provide a range of formal and informal learning opportunities that demonstrate, develop, and promote sustainability
    • Photo-voltaic panels on the side and roof of the building provide approximately 20% of their needs, and the rest they buy from Good Energy. The company website is hosted entirely by a wind-powered server.
  • 9. Chineham Business Park SMALL BUSINESS
    • Has a well established courtesy coach service supplying two 51 seat coaches that traverse between Chineham Park and Basingstoke town centre
    • Award winning Green Travel Management Plans on many of its estates.
    • Rain water harvesting which uses the collected rain water for flushing of the building’s toilets
    • Solar water heating is also used within Central 40 to supply hot water
  • 10. Healthy Pets
    • 100% year-on-year economic growth rates
    • Strong flexible working ethos for all staff members – extremely high staff retention rate
    • Use of local suppliers wherever possible
    • 91% customer retention
    • Relocation to more accessible offices and promotion of sustainable transport for staff
    • First insurance company to calculate and offset carbon footprint – now focused on reduction with 15% decrease in one year
    SMALL BUSINESS
  • 11. Lysses House Hotel
    • Working to dispel industry myths of low pay and poor conditions
    • Home-grown, seasonal produce and local sourcing - sustainable gardening through drought-tolerant plants and rainwater harvesting
    • Extensive energy efficiency refurbishment; double glazing, energy efficient appliances…
    • Guests encouraged to reduce waste, save energy, avoid unnecessary cleaning of towels etc
    • ‘ Open-house’ policy for public and guests, including kitchens and laundry
    SMALL BUSINESS
  • 12. Medium Business Category SPONSORED BY
  • 13. CoDEStorm MEDIUM BUSINESS
    • Installation of £10k biomass boiler (Carbon Trust loan) to heat whole of shop floor (previously significant company cost) – projected three year payback.
    • Support staff in charity events and fundraising activities holding various 'dress-up' (rather than dress down) days throughout the year.
    • Biomass heater installed recently which uses broken pallets to heat the unit  
    • Capital investment into a baler and shredder to shred paper and cardboard which is reused for packaging resulting in a cost saving.
  • 14. Hampshire Cosmetics MEDIUM BUSINESS
    • A new bespoke water processing plant has been designed and installed working with a local company, converting chemical Oxygen Demand into solids for ease of processing by water company
    • Occupational health consultant visits fortnightly to which all staff have confidential access.
    • Actively involved with Solent Education Business Partnership and promotes links between education and business, including regularly offering tours to teachers.
    • High level management buy-in, with environmental performance a standing item at board meetings
  • 15. HCR Group MEDIUM BUSINESS
    • Encourages employees to participate in various charity fundraising events and actively support local community events
    • Incentive campaign involving all HCR employees to encourage use of alternative transport to car travel for commuting to work
    • Achieved ISO 14001:2004 certification in June 2008
    • Dual-flush toilet cisterns and reduced flush urinals
    • Improved planting, bird boxes and feeders have been implemented by staff in the communal car-park
    • Carbon Footprint has decreased from 11.9 tonnes CO2e (2008) to 10.2 tonnes CO2e (2009)
  • 16. Double H Nurseries
    • Employees engaged in proactive suggestions process
    • Use of biological controls to minimise damage caused by pesticides
    • Advanced temperature controls and monitoring systems throughout production areas optimise energy consumption
    • 60% of rainwater harvested and recycled on site, and over 70% waste recycled
    • Company supports an extensive range of charities, local initiatives and activities
    MEDIUM BUSINESS
  • 17. Marwell Wildlife
    • Animal bedding composted and used by local farm
    • 89% of waste recycled or composted
    • All new machinery purchased and buildings constructed with sustainability considerations at the fore
    • Advanced technologies applied to minimise energy and water use
    • Each separate department uses has a dedicated sustainability champion
    MEDIUM BUSINESS
    • Sharing of knowledge and best practice with other local businesses
  • 18. Large Business Category SPONSORED BY
  • 19. EADS Astrium Ltd LARGE BUSINESS
    • Very active in its local community and opens its doors to a number of groups such as schools, business associations and other professionals, offering tours, lectures and visits to promote and raise awareness of the company
    • Zero waste to landfill targets for 2010
    • Staff are encouraged to put forward recommendations which they feel might be in the company’s commercial interest
    • A major employer locally and provides a number of skilled jobs to Hampshire residents in particular. It contributes not only to the strength of the local economy within the UK, but also the UK economy globally.
  • 20. Peek Traffic Ltd LARGE BUSINESS
    • An ISO 9001:2000 & ISO 14001:2004 accredited organisation and all working procedures are designed to these standards
    • 15 hybrid cars within the business
    • Environment “Experts” at each site – these are trained on waste management documents and deal with day to day issues.
    • Every employee is given Energy Awareness Training
    • Questionnaires are sent to each supplier, which include environmental requirements
    • Turnover has doubled to £56.5million in 2009 since 2001
  • 21. Southern Vectis LARGE BUSINESS
    • Voted island’s ‘Green Business of the Year’ in 2008 as part of the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards
    • Significant reduction in energy use in the last 12 months, approximately 20% reduction in electricity use and 40% reduction in gas usage
    • Really Green Car scrappage scheme’, offering a year’s bus pass in return for a vehicle being removed form the island’s roads
  • 22. University of Winchester LARGE BUSINESS
    • Implementing a plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2015
    • Waste diverted from landfill has increased to 42% from 14% in January
    • Car sharing schemes and public transport/bicycle loans are available to staff and subsidised park and ride tickets are available for students
    • Purchase 90% green energy
    • Uses only 100% recycled paper and has implemented double sided printing for all staff printers
    • Part of the ‘Student-Switch-Off’ national campaign to raise awareness of energy saving amongst students.
  • 23. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals LARGE BUSINESS
    • Implemented office recycling by removing desk bins and having recycling points
    • Wyeth has sponsored the Education Business Partnership for 16 years and was presented with a long standing commitment award in 2009
    • New entrance foyer constructed in 2009 featuring PIR lighting, solar glass, and automatic doors
    • Paper, card and plastic recycled – general waste collection reduced to 1 per week
    • Number of fleet vehicles reduced and fleet only made up of low emission efficient vehicles
    • Hippo bags fitted in toilet cisterns and systemisers on urinals
  • 24. Leadership Category
  • 25. Paris Smith
    • Turnover increased by 16% and staffing levels up 22% in previous year
    • Free legal advice and information provided for charities and not-for-profit organisations
    • Local sourcing of products and services where possible – preference given to demonstrably sustainable suppliers
    • Nearly 200 years continued existence demonstrates economic strength
    • Staff regularly trained on reducing environmental impacts of organisation
    LEADERSHIP
    • Highly successful recycling scheme in place
  • 26. Permanent Publications
    • 2007 Small Business and Overall winner
    • Zero-waste – everything produced either composted or recycled
    • Biomass for heat, solar thermal for water heating, rainwater harvesting…
    • Re-use of second-hand IT equipment rather than purchasing new
    • Influencing suppliers to reduce own impacts
    • Active supporters of local ‘greening’ campaign
    • Since winning SBP Award, have gone on to win National Energy Efficiency Award and Queens Award for Enterprise
    LEADERSHIP
  • 27. Total Coverage
    • Regular work with and donations to charities and educational establishments
    • Micro Business and Overall Sustainable Business Award winners 2008
    • Waste recycled on premises wherever possible – no waste collection necessary!
    • Purchasing from local and sustainable sources
    • 16% reduction in energy consumption in one year
    • Electronic communications – billing, proofs etc – wherever possible unless specifically requested otherwise
    LEADERSHIP
  • 28. Sustainable Built Environment Category SPONSORED BY
  • 29. SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Radian Group
    • £20 million regeneration of a former council estate on the outskirts of Petersfield in May 2009
    • Residents were proactively invited to influence all decisions made throughout the redevelopment
    • Project includes 200m² of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels
    • Rainwater harvesting installed
    • FSC argon filled timer windows and 100% low energy lighting amongst other features.
  • 30. SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT National Oceanography Centre (NOCS)
    • In 2007/08 over 100 energy monitors were installed covering waster, gas and electricity consumption.
    • NOCS is committed to reducing energy consumption through its ISO14001 certification.
    • Saved ~8000m3 of water per annum with equivalent savings of ~£20,000 or 5.65 tonnes CO2 per annum
    • Data from the Stark system supplements environmental media used to communicate with staff/students
    • Active member of the Hampshire Energy Partnership and will be a best practice case study for Stark who installed the system.
  • 31. SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Highbury College
    • The ground source heat pump installed at Highbury Campus will save an annual 2,275,000kWh of electricity or 548 tonnes of carbon emissions – that’s equivalent to planting five acres of the New Forest every year.
    • 160 square metres of photovoltaic cells capable of generating 13,600kWh of electricity a year.
    • Active chilled beams saving up to 217,00kWh over conventional fan coil units.
    • Automatic control of lighting in classrooms, saving 50,000kWh a year.
    • PCs with auto shutdown software, saving 135,000kWh a year.
  • 32. SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Queen Elizabeth Country Park
    • Replaced its natural gas boilers with a state of the art bio-mass system which provides all the site’s heat, and most of its hot water
    • An 85kw froling turbomatic made in austria and installed by econergy ltd
    • Involved a retro fit as far as the complex of buildings was concerned, with a new boiler house, and agricultural barn for woodchip and machinery storage
    • Providing interpretation and information for school children
  • 33. SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT UK Youth
    • Fundraised circa. £40,000 to build a strawbale eco-classroom as a base for environmental activities programmes run with young people
    • Has a living roof and is in a beautiful setting next to one of their lakes
    • Building stays cool in summer and warm in winter and it has a wood burning stove for added heat when needed