Dorset's Gala Dinner & Big Green Awards

Dorset’s Gala Dinner & Big Green Awards Honour Corporate Environmental and Social Value Excellence
Dorset’s Gala Dinner & Big Green Awards Honour Corporate Environmental and Social Value Excellence

Organisations from across the region gathered for a glittering night of celebration in recognition of the inspirational accomplishments in corporate sustainability, environmental management and social value from within the public and private sector.  With 100 guests, highlights on the night included a drinks reception, Beales Gourmet 3-course dinner, a lively awards ceremony and entertainment from Dorset's incredible Jax Hall with her act 'Inspired by Adelle'.
The inaugural Gala Dinner & Big Green Awards 2018 was hosted by Dorset-based The Southern Sustainability Partnership and held at the Italian Villa, Compton Acres in Poole. Director, Anita Potten: “The region is fortunate to be home to a wealth of quality suppliers, serving organisations looking to operate in a more responsible and sustainable way. These combined efforts contribute healthily to the local and national economy, and we felt it was important to facilitate a dedicated event which brought them together in recognition of this.’’
With 10 Awards up for grabs, Dorset winners included Hadland Care Group who collected the Travel and Transport Award, Clean Energy UK for their energy from 100% renewable sources, Ceuta Healthcare for their work in corporate social responsibility, Litter Free Coast and Sea won the Community Project Award and the RNLI’s Sustainability Manager, Anna Frizzell, who was honoured with Inspirational Person of the Year.  Category nominations opened up following The Big Green Event Expo, with organisations from across the UK able to select their top 3 finalists from which Award winners were determined by each category sponsor.
Sponsor, Lisa Delahunty, Managing Director of Waste Management Facilities, I was delighted to sponsor the Waste Management and Recycling Award at this year's Awards Ceremony. It is so important to remember why we work in this industry and events like these give us the opportunity - and time to reward those who excel in providing outstanding ideas, manufacturing cost-saving equipment and putting together packages that not only save money but help save our planet.”
Councillor John Beesley Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council said: “The award for Public Sector Sustainability recognises the commitment of Bournemouth Council to our green goals. We’ve shown a high level of environmental performance which ultimately reaps savings. We’re delighted to have received this award and will continue our initiatives because we believe these encourage residents, visitors and businesses to improve their own performance."  Borough of Poole also picked up a public sector award for their Car Club initiative.
Neal's Yard Remedies, with it's Head Quarters in Dorset, collected the Energy Management Project Award. The company was the first national retailer to be certified CarbonNeutral® ten years ago. Their new build in Dorset features many environmental technologies – increased onsite solar photovoltaic electricity generation (90kW rated power, which in summer generates around 1/3 of site electricity) and greywater harvesting capability, together with a new energy efficient air-handling unit with occupancy control. While larch cladding, two planted ‘living walls’ and eco paint finishes help the extensions blend with the existing building.
One of the evening’s award winners, Verwood-based Pearce Compaction Systems Managing Director Steve Mason commented "We were delighted to be a part of the first awards night in the region, dedicated to environmental management.  Our waste compaction systems are designed and manufactured here in Dorset and winning meant a great deal to our team."
Antony Littlechild, Programme Manager for Low Carbon Dorset shared: “The Big Green Awards ceremony was a great opportunity to celebrate and shout about the inspiring projects being carried out by public and private sector organisations across the region. The Energy Management Award we supported shone a well-deserved light on those Dorset and Hampshire businesses who are taking their environmental impact seriously and investing in low carbon solutions to reduce their carbon footprint.”     
The South Coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues, social enterprise BH Live were finalists in the energy project category and commented: "A brilliant evening bringing supplier and buyers together to make our communities more sustainable. We were proud to be nominated for the work we do with our partners to reduce energy consumption at our venues.”
The Southern Sustainability Partnership Director, Lynda Daniels: “The region deserves its own dedicated awards ceremony and as The Big Green Event Expo is now established, with the third year behind us, we felt we could take up the mantle.  The areas of business covered on the night represent some of the biggest challenges facing organisations today. Those who are required to meet legislation and those who wish to sustain - and even grow in the current and future climate.  Business strategies that include environmental management, corporate sustainability and social value are a large part of future-proofing and are in line with the changing expectations of customers and staff.”
Both finalists and winners went away with an award on the night as a constant reminder of what they have achieved. Award organisers have now announced a date for the 2019 event which will take place at the same venue on November 27th.
For the full list of Awards, Finalists and Winners visit


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