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. This year we will be hosting the awards ceremony at Truro Cathedral on Friday 9th December. You can book your ticket to attend the award ceremony here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cornwall-sustainability-awards-2022-tickets-373177543077

This year we held free workshops at the Eden Project and on St Mary’s (Isles of Scilly) to help applicants with submissions. Entries for the awards are now closed as of 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.

Applications can only be made in one of the following categories:

  • Most Sustainable Organisation – sponsored by St Austell Printing Company & University of Exeter
  • Growing greener: sustainable food & farming – sponsored by The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & University of Exeter
  • Circular Economy – sponsored by Arca & University of Exeter
  • Environmental Growth – sponsored by The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub, South West Water & University of Exeter
  • Carbon Neutral – sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, South West Water & Foot Anstey
  • Overall Winner trophy (chosen from the winners of all the categories) – sponsored by Business Cornwall

The Cornwall Sustainability Awards are run by Cornwall Council in association with Tevi (Cornish for ‘grow’) which is a unique and exciting EU-funded venture to create both economic and environmental growth across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This year we are working with GreenWorks, a specialist environmental consultancy to support organisations with their applications.

Jon Cummins, Chair of the Board of Directors at Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions:
“As an organisation, we work with almost 40 of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions, representing the best visitor experiences and days out in our beautiful county. We’re incredibly lucky to be surrounded by natural beauty in Cornwall, and it’s vital that our visitor attractions play their part in preserving our planet for future generations. We’re working with our members to make positive steps to improve sustainability within the visitor attraction industry in Cornwall, one of the core goals at the heart of our organisation. We’re delighted to sponsor the Carbon Neutral category in 2022 and look forward to hearing about the exciting collaborations and innovative techniques and practices Cornish businesses are using to ensure sustainability within their company.”

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
  • Matt Hocking, LEAP
  • Tanya Saker, Council of the Isles of Scilly

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.

Martyn was born and brought up in Falmouth, leaving Cornwall in 1985 to join the Royal Air Force where he served as an Administration Officer on bases throughout the UK and on Operations overseas, including the Persian Gulf and Kosovo. He retired from the Royal Air Force as a Squadron Leader in 2004 and returned to Cornwall when he first became involved in local politics as a Parish Councillor.  Having made his home in a small hamlet prone to flooding, this is where he first became interested in the environment and aware of the impacts locally of Climate Change.

Between 2004 and 2013 Martyn worked in various management roles within Cornwall’s Voluntary and Community sector, primarily supporting the long-term unemployed to prepare for and find work.  In 2013 he saw a job advertised by Cornwall Council who were seeking an individual to project manage a DEFRA funded Flood Resilience Pathfinder Project across the Duchy.  The project ended in 2015 but saw the creation of the Cornwall Community Flood Forum (CCFF) as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.  As Chairman of the CCFF he oversaw the development of a modular syllabus to support the training of community emergency volunteers that has now been rolled out Nationally as ‘Communities Prepared’.  He was first elected to Cornwall Council in 2017 and in 2019 seconded the Council’s Motion to declare a Climate Emergency and the setting of a ‘Net Zero by 2030’ target.   In May 2021, Martyn was appointed to the Council’s Cabinet as the Environment and Climate Change Portfolio holder.

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.

Anne 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.

Matt Hocking is the Founder and Creative Sustainability Officer for B Corporation, Leap – the creative agency for the planet, founded in 2004 with the mission to ‘design for change’. Pathfinder, creative activist and enabler, a B Corp Ambassador for the UK, Co-founder of Goodfest – a ‘creative conversations on the beach’ festival.

Tanya Saker graduated with a first class science degree more than twenty years ago and has since gained a wealth of experience working across local authorities and the NHS in the field of environmental management and sustainability. Originally from the rolling hills and beautiful coastline of South Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Tanya started her career in the award winning Sustainable City Team at Bristol City Council, before moving onto lead the development of the sustainable development management plan for a large NHS Trust in the Bristol area.

In recent years, Tanya has been living and working on the Isles of Scilly undertaking her role as Head of Environment for the Council. Whilst on Scilly, she was responsible for leading the development, consultation and implementation of the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan, Waste and Recycling, Highways and Open Spaces, AONB, Flood Defence and Emergency Planning. Having just moved back to the “mainland”, Tanya is now an associate director with local environmental management consultancy Kovia Consulting.