A great time was had by all at the Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards. Conversation and wine flowed at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6, Queen Square, London WC1.
The Guild, founded in 1884 by architects and designers, included members of the Arts & Crafts Movement, making it the perfect place for welcoming our Award winners and finalists.
Since Blue Patch launched the awards in 2016 we’ve seen a rapid acceleration in both quality and numbers entering the sustainable and social impact business sector.
This bodes well for the future of the UK’s low-carbon economy as these SMEs add greatly to efforts the UK must make to reach carbon reduction targets.
Circular economy business principles are the new normal and almost every business is aware of the pressing need to reduce waste and future proof materials within a closed loop supply chain.
A huge thank you to our Judges!
They came up trumps, what a task they had, the entries were many and the standard universally brilliant. Please meet the 2019 judges here.
And now congratulations to our incredible winners and finalists.
Circular Economy Award
Winner: Bio Collectors
Finalists: DappR, Menestho, Milestone Design, Odyssey Innovation
Social impact is also on the rise and you can see from clicking the links of our finalists, the work done by these enterprises and charities is impressive. As we face up to rising inequality, social isolation and mental health issues, many vulnerable people are helped by those on our shortlist, so please lend your support.
Social Impact Award. Sponsored by Reliance Bank
Finalists: FabricWorks, Ignition, NEMI Teas, Time & Talents
Global Impact Award. Sponsored by EQ Investors
Winner: Liberation Foods
Finalists: Artisanne, Stroodles, Where does it come from?
New Heritage Award
Winner: Nafisi Studio
Finalists: Britannical, Hatton Willow, Love Heartwood, Maria Sigma
Female Business Leader Award
Winner: Chris Billinghurst of House of Upcycling
Finalists: Andrea Gamson of Social Starters, Rosie Ginday of Miss Macaroon, Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays, Susie McDonald of Tender Education & Arts
New Business: Sponsored by Bouncepad
Finalists: 1 Tree Cards, Bundlee, Boy Wonder, Ride Clean
Sustainable Innovation: Sponsored by Denby Pottery
Winner: Delphis Eco
Finalists: Eco Tooth, Ecospheric, Full Grown, That’s Caffeine
The People’s Prize – open to the public to judge and over 1000 votes cast!
Winner: Full Grown
Finalists: 4160 Tuesdays, Hatton Willow
We congratulate every single person who entered the awards. Every applicant striving to make a kinder world and safeguard the eco-system.
One to watch: Jarr Market in Herne Hill, London. The shop opened and the entry came in at about midnight the next day. Jess is certainly ‘one to watch’ as she rapidly builds her refill business.
We hope our awards contribute to building new partnerships and providing a friendly social occasion for this inspirational, forward thinking group who underpin the new UK green economy.
We owe enormous gratitude to our Patrons Thrive Renewables (this year celebrating 25 years of connecting people to renewable energy investing!) and Naturesave who keep Blue Patch safe and sound – they insure the collective!
We are also so grateful to our very first award category sponsors: Reliance Bank, Social Impact Award, Denby Pottery, Sustainable Innovation Award (plus providing our much coveted dishes and mugs!), EQ Investors, Global Impact Award and Bouncepad, New Business Awards. Their support means we can keep the awards free to enter and fund the party – which enables SMEs to network and build new partnerships – and this makes all the difference.
The photos were taken by brilliant duo Alice and Anna from In The Right Light Photography. Alice and Anna also judged the awards, helped get the room ready for the party and then documented the entire event – they really are are champion members of the collective and we thank them for contributing so much.
Onwards and upwards as the say! See you in 2020.
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