Electric dreams for CSA winner


A pioneering St Austell-based taxi firm boasting a fleet of electric cabs has been crowned overall winner at the 2014 Cornwall Sustainability Awards (CSA).

C&C Taxis picked up the Winner of Winners award, to go with the Resource Efficiency gong, at a ceremony held yesterday (Dec 4) at the Headland Hotel in Newquay.

Event organiser, Gitty Ankers MBE, from the Environment Agency said: “This year we have been very impressed by the standard of entries from the businesses and organisations in Cornwall who have shown us that they take their commitment to sustainability and the environment very seriously.

Sustainability Awards Winner of Winners C&C Taxis
Sustainability Awards Winner of Winners C&C Taxis

“However, the judges were unanimous in their decision of awarding the overall winner to C&C Taxis.”

Truro-based Spiezia Organics was named Best Small Managed Company, while Natural Generation from Perranporth collected the award for Best Medium Managed Company.

Red Hotels took home the award for Best Large Managed Business, and The Sustainable Food Economy award went to Whole Again Communities in Penzance.

The Innovation: Tomorrow’s Contribution to Sustainability award was collected by MI Generation from Redruth.

Community Power Cooperative won the Sustainable Energy award whilst St-Ives-based architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole picked up Sustainable Built Environment award.

St Austell-based Henry Orchard from Henry Orchard & Sons Ltd and Lorraine Turnbull from Killibury Smallholdings in Wadebridge were both named Best Individual.

There was also a themed award for Connecting with Nature, which went to Bosinver in St Austell.

Full results

Best Managed Small Company

  • Winner: Spiezia Organics (Truro)
  • Highly Commended:  Bosinver (St Austell)

Best Managed Medium Company

  • Winner: Natural Generation (Perranporth)
  • Highly Commended: Bosence Farm (Hayle)

Best Managed Large Company

  • Winner:  Red Hotels (Mawgan Porth)
  • Highly Commended:  Ward Williams (Truro)

Best Individual

  • Winner: Henry Orchard, Henry Orchard & Sons Ltd (St Austell)
  • Winner: Lorraine Turnbull, Killibury Smallholdings (Wadebridge)

Innovation: Tomorrow’s Contribution to Sustainability

  • Winner: MI Generation (Redruth)
  • Highly Commended: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Redruth)

Resource Efficiency

  • Winner: C&C Taxis (St Austell)
  • Highly Commended: Cormac (Bodmin)

Sustainable Food Economy

  • Winner: Whole Again Communities (Penzance)
  • Highly Commended: Eden Project (St Austell)

Sustainable Built Environment

  • Winner:  Poynton Bradbury Wynter (St Ives)
  • Highly Commended: Emma & Dennis Wiehahn (Pelynt)

Theme – connecting with nature

  • Winner: Bosinver (St Austell)
  • Highly Commended: Naturally Learning (St Austell)

Overall Winner 

  • Winner: C&C Taxis (St Austell)