Published: December 9, 2019 | Updated: December 9, 2019

Green champions! Awards handed out to those doing their bit to cut Dorset’s carbon footprint

Winners and finalists of this year’s Big Green Awards, hosted by The Southern Sustainabilty Partnership.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Dorset shopping centre and the world’s first treeless paper were among the winners at the annual Big Green Awards staged in Poole.

EnvoPAP – which featured on dorsetbiznews after becoming available in Dorset – won the awards for Innovative Product and also Sustainability Thought Leader of the Year.

Meanwhile Poole’s Dolphin Shopping Centre received the Social Value Solution or Project category.

Other Dorset winners were Shaftesbury’s 918 Coffee (Sustainable Business of the Year), Osmond Ergonomics in Ferndown (Energy Project) and Damers First School, Poundbury (Special Education Award).

About 70 people attended this year’s gala dinner and awards, hosted by the Poole-based Southern Sustainability Partnership.

It is the region’s only event dedicated to rewarding organisations in environmental management, corporate sustainability and social value, covering both the public and private sectors.

The event was held at the Italian Villa in Poole and attended by organisations in the supply chain as well as the education, leisure, manufacturing, charity and retail sectors from across the county and UK.

Anita Potten (left) and Lynda Daniels (right), Directors of The Southern Sustainability Partnership, with sponsor Cheryl Hadland.

Lynda Daniels, Director of the Poole-based Southern Sustainability Partnership, said: “The event shines a light on the fantastic work that is being achieved in the reduction of our carbon footprint in Dorset.

“Running a more responsible company is now as important to customers and the workforce as quality solutions and great customer service, as the demand for greater transparency reaches an all-time high.”

Dorset finalists in the 2019 awards included Air-Site UK (Poole), Daylight Energy (Poole), Evergreen Insurance (Dorchester), Led-Zip Lighting (Northbourne), Pearce Recycling (Verwood), The Embroidery Barn (Dorchester) and Wessex Eco Energy (Poundbury).

Supporters included Cheryl Hadland, of Tops Day Nurseries, who sponsored the innovation award, and former Dorset Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, Trelawney Dampney, of Eco Sustainable Solutions, who presented the waste and recycling award.

Dawn Witt and Nigel Ponsford of AquaCare presented the Social Value Award.

The 2020 awards will take place on October 13, 2020, and organisations can get in touch via

Lynda said: “There are many more businesses worthy of an award out there and we would urge them to nominate themselves for an award in 2020.”

The full list of winners of the 2019 Big Green Awards is:

Energy Product or Solution: Bowman Power
Energy Project: Osmond Ergonomics
Waste or Recycling Product or Solution: Green Eco Technologies
Special Education Award:  Damers First School
Social Value Solution or Project: Dolphin Shopping Centre
Plastic Reduction Project: Just One Ocean
Innovative Product or Solution: EnvoPAP
Sustainable Business of the Year: 918 Coffee
Sustainability Thought Leader of the Year: EnvoPAP

The Southern Sustainability Partnership runs the region’s largest expo dedicated to corporate sustainability and environmental management.