Norfolk and Suffolk businesses recognised for outstanding community achievements
09:44 23 June 2014
Businesses across the east of England have been honoured for their outstanding contribution to local communities.
Norfolk and Suffolk firms from a variety of sectors picked up prizes at the Business In The Community Responsible Business Awards – including Adnams chief executive Dr Andy Wood, who received The Prince of Wales Ambassador award for the East of England.
The event took place on June 17 at Parklands, Quendon Hall, in Essex. The winners included: Anglian Water, which took the Engaging Customers on Sustainability Award for its ‘Love Every Drop – Keep It Clear’ campaign; Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust in the Inspiring Young Talent award category for its apprenticeship campaign; and Norwich-based LSI Architects, which were recognised with a Big Tick in the Santander Responsible Small Business Award for its environmentally sustainable buildings and community projects.
Meanwhile, Dave Arkwright of Norwich-based media publisher Archant won the Employee Volunteering Individual award.
Stephen Howard, chief executive of Business in the Community, said: “Day in, day out, forward thinking, responsible businesses and exceptional individuals in the East of England make a significant and valuable contribution to society, working towards developing more resilient communities, stimulating local economies, creating diverse, skilled and healthy workforces and addressing skills shortages. Far too often, these businesses and individuals are ‘unsung heroes’ and their activities rarely getting attention. The Responsible Business Awards seek to address this, shining a much-needed spotlight on the powerful force for good that business can make.
The full list of East of England winners are:
Engaging Customers on Sustainability Award, supported by How on Earth
· Anglian Water
Education Award, supported by UKCES
· Inspired Change
Inspiring Young Talent Award
· Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Santander Responsible Small Business Award
· Ipswich Building Society
· LSI Architects LLP
Dairy Crest Rural Action Award
· East of England Co-operative
· Dalehead Foods
Asda Environmental Leadership Award
· Anglian Water
Work Inclusion Award
· City College Norwich
Local Impact Awards
East of England Business Action on Public Health sponsored by Ipswich Building Society
· Dalehead Foods
Employee Volunteering Business sponsored by Norse Commercial Services
· Keeping HR Simple Ltd.
Employee Volunteering Individual sponsored by Stansted Airport
· Dave Arkwright, Archant
“Every winning firm and individual is playing a key part in building a new contract between business and society and creating a more sustainable future for all. The ‘Big Tick’ and ‘Local Impact’ Award represent a powerful symbol of businesses doing more to bring about change. I would like to congratulate all this year’s winners.”
Some East of England winners have been shortlisted to present their programme/initiative to a select group of senior business peers to identify an overall national winner in each category.
Winners will be announced in London at Business in the Community’s National Awards Gala Dinner, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and in partnership with the 2013 Responsible Business of the Year Jaguar Land Rover, on July 8.
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