Camborne-based charity Community Energy Plus has celebrated the end of a successful 2012 having won the ‘Best Managed Medium Business’ award at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards.
The win was the climax of a fantastic year for Community Energy Plus, having been nominated for eight further awards for its achievements over the year.
In November the charity was shortlisted for ‘Best Not For Profit’ in the Western Morning News Business Awards and also recently celebrated two nominations in the Unlocking Cornish Potential Awards – for graduate Charlotte Cade and post-graduate Tim Hendry who both undertook Unlocking Cornish Potential placements at Community Energy Plus.
A further shortlisting was made for the charity’s online strategy in the Hub Awards.
In addition to its own nominations, the charity has also celebrated nominations for projects it has been instrumental in developing.
Community Energy Club, the oil-buying club run by Community Energy Plus, was shortlisted for the BIS ‘Buy Better Together Challenge’ and were awarded provisions to develop a business plan to help grow the club.
Community Power Cornwall, an innovative co-operative developed by Community Energy Plus and Kabin, is also celebrating shortlisting for several awards this year.
The co-operative, which pioneers community-owned renewable energy, was shortlisted for ‘Best Community Initiative’ in the Regen SW awards, and was Highly Commended in the ‘Services’ category of the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. These nominations follow a visit to the ManagEnergy Conference in Brussels in July where they were one of only three innovative finalists for a Local Energy Action award out of a record 64 submissions from 23 countries.
Tim Jones, Acting Chief Executive at Community Energy Plus, said: “It’s brilliant to see our work recognised in this way. We pride ourselves on our forward-thinking approach to developing new projects, but have also invested a lot of time in our accredited Environmental and Quality Management Systems to ensure our business processes are really robust. Being nominated for awards both on a local and international level shows that we’re achieving one of our key objectives – tackling the global issues of energy security and climate change using a local approach.”