A scrap metal and car recycling facility has been crowned overall winner at the 2010 Cornwall Sustainability Awards.
St Austell-based Henry Orchard and Sons picked up the winner of winners award at the ceremony held this afternoon after being named Best Medium Managed Company.
Around 200 guests packed the Pavilion at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, to celebrate the work businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are doing to improve their sustainability.
Event organiser and Cornwall Council’s sustainable development officer, Anthony Weight, said: “This has been a fantastic year for the awards. We’ve had record entries and the quality of the applications has been amazing, which made judging a very difficult prospect.”
“However, the judges were unanimous in their decision of awarding the overall winner award to Henry Orchard and Sons.
“Working in an industry that has traditionally been anything other than green, Henry Orchard and Son have broken the mould and taken a systematic approach to managing all their impacts, including the selection of their suppliers of goods and services – from heavy plant and lifting gear, down to the fairtrade coffee in the office.
“They ensure their clients are fully aware of environmental issues – even to extent of producing their own environmental newsletter. More recently they have even carried out a Greenhouse gas assessment of their operations in order to reduce their impacts.”
Truro-based Event Cornwall was named Best Small Managed Company, while Tamar Foods collected the award for Best Large Managed Company.
The Low Carbon Business award went to Enact Energy, with Robert Wiseman Dairies winning the Resource Management category.
Clayworks from Helston won the award for Products and Services, while Neil Farrington from Community Energy Plus collected the award for Best Individual.
The Scarlet Hotel at Mawgan Porth was awarded Sustainable Construction.
There was also The Alan Smith Business Award for Continuous Commitment to Sustainability in Cornwall, which went to Padstow-based book manufacturer, TJ International.