Following a fabulous gala dinner at The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre hosted by Martin Stanford of Sky News, Hilary Devey of Pall-Ex and Dragons Den fame presented the 2012 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards.
Although the Awards themselves are now in their 20th year, this is the first time they have included a Green Progress Award.
Open to companies and organisations of any size that are based in the Thames Valley and that have been operating for at least one full year, the award seeks to encourage improved recycling and environmental performance at every level throughout the organisation, with a particular emphasis on staff buy-in. Recycling at home is now second nature to most people, but if the UK is to reach the goal of ‘zero waste to landfill’ then further improvements are needed in the workplace.
Joining Martin Stanford and Hilary Devey on stage to hand over the award was Clayton Sullivan-Webb, Grundon’s Finance Director and Company Secretary. Commenting on the evening he said: “Our judges were looking for evidence of innovation, reduced energy consumption, sustainable performance and company-wide buy-in. We were delighted with the standard of entries which clearly demonstrate how organisations are working to improve their recycling performance and their wider environmental credentials.
Winners GE Healthcare demonstrated an inclusive approach to waste and environmental management embracing all of the award criteria. Particularly impressive were the combination of ‘top down’ commitment from senior management and the range of opportunities for staff involvement in decision-making.
In this difficult trading climate it is particularly encouraging to see that organisations are still willing to devote time, energy and resources to programmes which will deliver real benefits for the environment, the communities in which they operate and increasingly their financial bottom line.”
Congratulations to GE Healthcare and also to HCR Group of Basingstoke and Oxford-based Henmans LLP who took joint second place.Back to news