At the 15th Seahaven Busines Awards on Friday 11 May, we were delighted to be sponsors of the award for Best Environmental Business. At a glittering awards evening at the Jerrom Hall in Peacehaven the event, the annual celebration hosted by Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, in association with Seaford and Peacehaven Chambers of Commerce, welcomed over 100 guests. VIPs included the Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex, David Allam and His Excellency Ambassador Tran Ngoc An of Vietnam, local MPs Maria Caulfield and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the towns’ three Mayors and all three Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce.
Julia presented the Award for Best Environmental Business was presented to Clive Bonny of Strategic Management Partners. Clive’s company, founded in 1990, provides support for business sustainability. Social enterprise and environmental conservation are a key part of their mission, vision and values.
The company’s activities include conservation education in schools, they are co-founders of the Beacon Hub charity which has converted 20 acres of unused public space in Rottingdean into a free public nature reserve for community health, recreation and environmental education. Clive’s partnership with the Green Growth Platform has helped support over 200 East Sussex eco-innovation companies who have created 200 full-time jobs in environmental products and services.
2018 Winner Clive Bonny of Strategic Management Partners said “An award for Best Environmental Business shows the commitment by our Chambers of Commerce and local Members of Parliament towards long term conservation and resource management. We are all custodians of our planet for the next generation. Recognition like this encourages everyone to be more active in safeguarding our future as well as supporting East Sussex’s growth in innovate low carbon products and services.”
Runner-up was CTLA who provide 80,000 passenger journeys per year in their fleet of 20 vehicles reducing private vehicle usage by 90%. Careful route planning and environmental driving best practice minimise fuel usage and they are investigating alternative fuel option for any additions or replacements to their fleet.
Alasdair Fortune, proprietor of Badger Inks, Seaford is well known for their recycling of ink cartridges saving over 30 kg each month. Many are professionally refilled by a UK company and repackaged using recycled plastic and paper, the others have their plastic and metal components separated by a recycling centre in Lincolnshire and these raw materials are ground down and used again.
The awards were judged by MPs Maria Caulfield and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Mike Shorer, President of Newhaven Chamber, Mark Derrick, Chairman of Peacehaven and District Chamber, Mayors of Newhaven and Seaford, June Dyer and Linda Wallraven.
This was the first year that Fine Marketing had organised the event and we would like to thank all the committee, sponsors, caterers, guests and winners and hope you to see you again next year.