Encourage, reward and recognise sustainable Cornish businesses

The Cornwall Sustainability Awards have been running since 2002 when they were launched by Sir Jonathon Porritt. Having consistently grown year on year, CSA has become Cornwall’s leading initiative for rewarding and celebrating enterprises for their contribution to environmental growth and resource efficiency.

The numbers are striking. In 2019 alone over 115 applications were received across the 16 award categories, with over 250 business representatives attending the ceremony event in December.

Likewise, levels of sponsorship and support from likeminded partners have grown to record levels in recent years.

We took a pause for review in 2019 and launched a brand-new website in 2020. Last year due to Covid restrictions our awards ceremony was virtual. We are hoping to have a live event this year and the awards ceremony will be held on Friday 3rd December, you can book your place here.

Entries for the awards are now open until 31st October.

You can either apply yourself or nominate another organisation for an award this year, as long as the organisation is based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Note that you can only apply in one of the following categories:

  • Growing greener: sustainable food & farming
  • Circular Economy
  • Environmental Growth
  • Carbon Neutral

The Cornwall Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Tevi (Cornish for ‘grow’) which is a unique and exciting EU-funded venture to create both economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This year we also have the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sponsoring our new category ‘Growing greener – sustainable food and farming’.

Judging will take place in November and the judges for this year are:

  • Kim Conchie, Chamber of Commerce
  • Lord Robin Teverson, CIoS Local Nature Partnership.
  • Mark Duddridge, CIoS Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Cllr Martin Alvey, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment.
  • Ann VanDerMeulen, Federation of Small Businesses.
  • Helen Dobby, Environment Agency.

Meet the judges

Kim graduated from University College, Cardiff with joint honours in English and Economics, an academic grounding that played to his interest in narratives, people and numbers. After travelling and experience working in hospitality, he developed a career in publishing, progressing through the ranks in a number of commercial roles at Haymarket and other magazine publishers.

In 1986 he co-founded Brass Tacks Publishing which, under his stewardship, became one of the top ten UK customer magazine and website publishers. Somerfield, Royal Mail, the RAC, British Gas and the RFU numbered among its many blue-chip clients. He sold the business to Chime Communications in 2000, remaining as MD of the Bristol office until 2009.

Returning to live in his native Cornwall in 2002, Kim has been CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce since April 2012. His visionary yet highly pragmatic approach has seen him develop the Chamber into an organisation that is firmly at the forefront of Cornwall’s business community. Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has grown to encompass a specialist team that offers an extensive range of services, from export market expertise to a vibrant mix of networking events, as well as being very much the voice of business in Cornwall on a regional, national and international scale.

Today Kim is also a member of and chairs, several business and education boards. He is a director of South West Investment Group (SWIG), a director of Creative Kernow, a trustee of Cornwall Community Foundation, a member of Truro & Penwith College Employment & Business Board, on the FEAST steering group and an advisory board member of Golden Tree Productions, Smartline and Cornwall Place Board. Kim was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall in 2019.

Outside of work his family, wife Sarah and three children, his garden, boat, Falmouth Rugby and walking the Coast Path are sources of great enjoyment.

Robin is Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership.  He is a member of the House of Lords where he speaks on climate change and biodiversity issues.  

Until earlier this year he chaired House’s EU Environment committee.  Robin is also involved in the energy storage sector, and is a trustee of the company that holds the green share in the Green Investment Bank.  He lives near Tregony in Cornwall.

Mark has previously been a Group Director at Samworth Brothers, a £1billion chilled food business operating out of 17 sites across the Midlands and Cornwall. Predominantly an own label manufacturer Samworth developed Ginsters and latterly Soreen into nationally recognised brands.

He has also been a Director at Rodda’s Clotted Cream and Managing Director at Pasta King. Mark has an extensive track record in delivering business growth and attracting key economic investments both locally and nationally.

In addition, he is an associate Non Executive Director of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a Watershare+ Panel member for Pennon Group.

A passionate gig rower, he is a member of Caradon Gig Rowing Club and is a veteran of several Pilot World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly.

Helen is the Environment Agency’s Area Director for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Helen leads a team of around 350 staff in the area who work with national colleagues and partners to protect and improve the environment.

Helen has worked in the public sector for more than 25 years, developing and leading delivery in environmental services for local government in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Devon, before joining the Environment Agency in 2019.

Through local delivery and working with others Helen and the team

  • Help communities and wildlife to adapt to climate change.
  • Work to reduce the impacts of climate change, including flooding, drought, sea level rise and coastal erosion.
  • Improve the quality of our water, land and air by tackling pollution.
  • Work with businesses to help them comply with environmental regulations.

Helen is keen to develop partnership working that builds a healthy and diverse environment, enhances our communities and contributes to economic growth.

Helen is a strong advocate for rural issues and having grown up in North Cornwall now enjoys family life in the Tamar Valley. Her aim has always been to help create environmentally strong and thriving communities which we would all like to live in and contribute to.

Having grown up in a small business, supporting her father with his agricultural engineering business in Cornwall, Ann has a great deal of personal experience in how businesses operate, the pressures they face and how fluctuating fortunes and external events can effect families.

Following management roles in automotive finance and customer service in large organisations in Bristol, Ann has worked for the FSB for the last 22 years. Her role is to work with our local business members on initiatives to support them.

She represents the FSB members and lobbies on their behalf with key stakeholders like councils, MPs, LEPs and she raises the profile of small business issues in the media, with decision makers and communities.

She also provides a conduit to integrate national FSB policy campaigns with their work in Cornwall and vice versa. Increasingly environmental issues and sustainable business practises have come to the fore over the years, to a point now, where encouraging businesses to grow back better and share best practise is part of her daily work and she is delighted to support these awards.