A dreary and rainy evening was a complete contrast to the energising and celebratory atmosphere inside Averys Wine Cellars, just off Park Street, where over 50 Go Green members and guests gathered on Tuesday 3rd November to celebrate the launch of the Go Green 2016 Awards to recognise and reward the remarkable green achievements of Bristol’s business community over the past year.
The Go Green awards, taking place on 18th February 2016, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and sponsors including Natracare and The Royal Bank of Scotland, will recognise those businesses that have made significant improvements to their green credentials over the past year. The awards ceremony will be held in the very same place that the Go Green journey first began almost exactly a year ago, the At-Bristol Science Centre.
Upon arriving at Averys, guests were greeted with a selection of organic and Fairtrade wines alongside delicious local and organic cheeses and pate sourced from Clifton’s Arch House Deli. Amy Robinson, Go Green Project Director, kicked off proceedings by welcoming guests and introducing the awards.
"Go Green is an initiative that will continue beyond 2015, so there are still plenty of opportunities for businesses, however big or small, to sign up. Even if your company has just become a member, you can still enter the awards as long as you’re able to demonstrate that you’ve improved your business’ green credentials over the past 12 months."
The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, praised Go Green and showed her support for the businesses and organisations in Bristol and the West of England who are driving green changes and making a real, lasting difference towards helping Bristol achieve it’s aim of becoming a low carbon city region with a high quality of life for all.
Alan Barr, Senior Partner at Burges Salmon and member of the Bristol 2015 Board of Directors, reiterated the importance of the Go Green initiative and praised the positive actions of the business community, emphasising that “being green is simply the right thing to do.”
Ken Simpson, Bristol Chairman of The Federation of Small Businesses, announced details of the FSB awards to find Bristol’s Best Green Small Business and reward them with generous cash prizes, to be spent on further green initiatives for their business.
“There has been much talk of the larger blue chip companies in the city undertaking green initiatives during Bristol’s successful year as the European Green Capital, but we must remember that there are many smaller businesses in the city that have been contributing to that success."
Mimi Avery, of fifth generation Averys Wine Merchants, told us how Averys are championing sustainability and gave us a fascinating glimpse into the wine industry and the ways in which it’s trying to reduce its carbon footprint.
Amy Nicholass, Go Green Project Manager, gave us further details of the awards categories and encouraged businesses to start applying!
It was then time to refuel our glasses and spend the rest of the evening enjoying more networking, swapping green stories and absorbing the underground buzz and energy. Bring on the 2016 awards and let the award entries commence!