Green 100 - shouting loud and proud about our green businesses
- Credit: Nick Butcher
More than 100 delegates attended the launch of the new look Green 100 at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft last week.
The newly published list contains a diverse range of businesses and organisations - but all have one thing in common, a dedication and commitment to putting sustainability at the heart of their business.
These ranged from major companies, to start-ups, public sector organisations, charities and also community interest companies.
The Green 100 was first launched in Suffolk and 62 the businesses in the latest listing come from that county, however the list also saw an increase in Norfolk companies included for the first time.
It is supported by Adnams, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Orbis Energy, EDF Energy, Adnams, and BDO.
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Following the launch event and the publication of a special magazine the work of Green 100 members will be regularly profiled in EDP Business and our sister title Business East in Suffolk.
Jonathan Reynolds, director of Orbis Energy, said: 'The number of companies now adopting green policies and procedures, together with those that are investing in and installing cutting edge green renewable and low carbon technologies is inspiring. They see the clear economic and environmental benefits and the difference it's making to their own sustainability, but also importantly to their profitability and reputation.'
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Shaun Lowthorpe, business publishing editor at Archant, said: 'Our aim was simple - to recognise the efforts of Suffolk and Norfolk businesses that are leading the way is sustainable business practice and share their stories of success across the region encouraging others to follow their lead. We want to shout loud and proud about those achievements while also sharing those with other companies in our region to help them follow suit.'
In focus: Finn Geotherm, Attleborough
Finn Geotherm is one of the longest established renewable heating companies in the UK and experts in the design and installation of ground and air source heat pumps. Based in Attleborough, the company carries out award-winning heat pump installations at everything from bungalows to large businesses.
Finn Geotherm has enabled more than 500 businesses and homeowners to significantly reduce carbon emissions, become more sustainable and save money on heating bills.
The company has focussed its expertise purely on heat pump technology as it believes this
has the greatest overall impact on the environment. It has seen sales grow by an average of
41% per year over the last six years and the team expand from 3 to 20.
It is the UK's only approved installer of the state-of-the-art Finnish ground source systems from Lämpöässä and is an expert installer for Dimplex Renewables. Its reputation as leading experts has been proven through the successful design and installation of large and challenging projects where others had doubted that the technology would be effective.
In focus: Buxton Potatoes, Norfolk
Buxton Potato Company, grows and supplies 'Sourced Locally' potatoes to the East of England Co-op's Norfolk stores.
The business, a Suffolk Carbon Charter Gold Award winner in 2014, was also the Co-op's Norfolk County Winner of its Producer of the Year Awards 2014.
Based at Dudwick Farm in Buxton, Norfolk, Tim Briscoe's farm grows potatoes, including varieties Marfona, Estima, Cara and Juliette, across 550 acres of farmland north of Norwich. Tim has been a 'Sourced Locally' supplier to the East of England Co-op for five years.
Other measures the business has undertaken to protect the environment include planting nectar and pollen mix to encourage bees, using grass margins to protect some hedgerows; the use of over winter stubbles, not cultivating them, for winter feed for birds; and mustard cover crops for soil health to reduce nutrient loss and improve soil structure.
The business has invested in 100kw roof solar to power its grading and potato stores and is now targeting energy reduction measures to make best use of energy available.
It has also invested in biomass for heating and is looking at the feasibility of drying grain this way shortly.
In focus: Precision Marketing Group, Bury St Edmunds
Precision Marketing Group started out as one man in his garage and now employs 80 staff. As the business has grown in manpower and production, its commitment to be as environmentally friendly as possible has remained.
The Bury St. Edmunds business prints and mails thousands of direct mail campaigns every day and its motivation to become carbon neutral is driven by the need for change in the industry.
After outgrowing its old offices, Precision Marketing Group underwent a £2.3m transition to bring its large printers under one roof.
Supported by a £230,000 grant from New Anglia LEP's flagship Growing Business Fund, the marketing business installed 400 solar panels and full LED lighting in its new headquarters. On the opening day the building and machinery was powered entirely by solar energy.
Matthew Caldwell-Nichols, owner of Precision Marketing Group said: 'We want our company to be as green as possible and have taken on board every initiative we can to reduce our carbon footprint and minimise our impact on the environment. Our clients are delighted with our eco-friendly print, mailing and digital solutions as it also helps them achieve their objectives in reducing carbon emissions.'
Precision is doing its bit for others too. It has installed electric car charge sockets outside the building to share its energy with others.
The Green 100 list
Blue Sky Leisure
Broadland District council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Gt Yarmouth College
Mrs Temples Cheese
Norfolk Broads Direct
Norfolk Country Cottages
Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Norwich City Council
UEA Adapt Low Carbon
Wild Frontier Ecology
Alde Valley Spring Fest
Barker Farms (Barker Family)
Bridgebrook Energy (Hotties)
East Anglia Offshore
East of England Co-Op
East Green Energy
Eco Services (Realise Futures)
Ellough Industrial Park/FLI Energy
Essex & Suffolk Water
Forest Enterprises/High Lodge
Ivy Lodge farm
Martin Geotechnical Services
Oaktree Low Carbon
Promens of Beccles
Robert Norman Construction
Save Money Cut Carbon
Stoke by Naylands
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
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