Grundon’s towering success at festival awards

Grundon Waste Management’s Special Events Services team is celebrating after taking top honours in its category at the Festival Supplier Awards 2016.

At a gala dinner and ceremony held at the Hurlingham Club, London, on January 28, Grundon was named the Best Waste Management Company for its work at the four-day Towersey Festival, held every August at Thame, in Oxfordshire.

Celebrating in style, from left: Andrew Ryan, comedian and host of the awards, Shaun Workman, Business Development & Special Events Sales Manager, Grundon Waste Management; Nick George, Thomas George and Peter Corbal, Towersey Festival; Peter Kent, Depot Operations and Special Events Manager, Grundon Waste Management.
Celebrating in style, from left: Andrew Ryan, comedian and host of the awards, Shaun Workman, Business Development & Special Events Sales Manager, Grundon Waste Management; Nick George, Thomas George and Peter Corbal, Towersey Festival; Peter Kent, Depot Operations and Special Events Manager, Grundon Waste Management.

A delighted Shaun Workman, business development and Special Events sales manager, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to have won this award.

“We work in close partnership with all our event clients, taking account of their individual requirements so we can deliver a first class service at all times.

“We also do our best to encourage a sustainable approach, with segregation and recycling high on the agenda and that’s something which is especially important to the Towersey team. We’re delighted to have our hard work and that of the Towersey Festival organisers recognised with this award.”

The judges said the entry showed: “Not just a waste management solution but a sustainable initiative, great engagement with festival goers that actually delivers tangible results.”

In 2015, more than 86% of waste was recovered or recycled from the Towersey event, with almost half half of the nearly 19,000kg of waste collected sent to Energy from Waste and over 6,000kg of mixed recyclables, such as paper, cardboard and plastics, aluminium and steel cans was recycled.

The operation saved the equivalent of 85 trees, saved 4,374kg of CO2 and generated over 5MWh of power.

Campers are given recycling and waste bags and asked to clear their own pitch at the end of the festival, while traders are encouraged to do their bit for the environment. In addition, volunteer group the Towersey Wombles provide advice and information to festival goers on recycling and help with the clean-up operation.

The Festival Supplier Awards, organised by AMP Events and held for the first time in 2015, were launched to recognise the achievements and hard work of the festival and outdoor event supply chain.

The organisers said: “With the festival sector diversifying rapidly in the last few years, meaning it’s so much more than ‘rock ‘n’ roll’, we wanted to provide a platform to celebrate the ‘behind-the-scenes’ teams that are the lifeblood of any successful festival. The awards highlight the creativity and innovation that festival suppliers deliver on every occasion.”

Among the other award categories were Best Festival and Event Accommodation, Best Event Branding and Best Crowd Management, and organisations who have been involved in the awards include Star Events, Live Nation, Festival Republic, WOMAD, SJM Concerts, Glastonbury and Ground Control.

The Festival Supplier Awards 2016 Winner
The Festival Supplier Awards 2016 Winner
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