CREST22 Awards – looking for a hero

CREST22 Business Awards is looking for green business heroes who stands out in the war on climate either based, or working in Surrey, which outside of London, Surrey has the country’s largest economy.

The free-to-enter awards, which today announced that it is extending its deadline to 8 April, celebrate businesses who recognise that they have a role to play in combatting climate change, playing a key role in Surrey County Council’s Climate Change Delivery Plan.

A growing crisis that sees increased global concern as the latest report UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report*, warns that it is threatening the lives of billions of people around the world.

CREST22 Award is Surrey’s only green business awards programme and its panel of expert judges are preparing to decide on who are Surrey’s greenest businesses and find the one who stands out as 2022 Sustainability Hero.

They are looking at entries from five categories: Sustainability Impact, Smarter Transport, Going Circular, Efficiency Champion and Transforming Food. They will also choose from across the board to select the 2022 Sustainability Hero.

The Awards Presentation is on Thursday 19 May at the WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking and supports Headline Sponsor Surrey County Council’s Greener Future climate change delivery plan. The event will be a showcase of some of the most exciting opportunities and initiatives in action in the county.

This year’s judging panel includes Ian Christie, Senior Lecturer in the social science of sustainable development at the University of Surrey’s Centre for the Environment and Sustainability. The CES has worked in partnership with CREST Business Awards since their conception and is once again offering generous prizes to award category winners.

Alongside Ian is Lauren Wiseman, Environmental Manager, WWF-UK, which is an Associate Sponsor of the awards, Sarah Butcher, Head of Membership at Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Katie Sargent, Greener Futures Group Manager and Terry Tidbury, co-Director of CREST Business Awards as well as Managing Director of Woking News & Mail.

Joanna Yarrow, one of the UK’s leading experts in sustainable living, and former Head of Global Sustainability for IKEA, once again leads an exciting panel of presenters at CREST22 Awards.

Joanna Yarrow Head of Global Sustainability for IKEA
Joanna Yarrow Head of Global Sustainability for IKEA
Andrew Griffiths, Director of Community and Partnerships at Planet Mark

They include Andrew Griffiths, Director of Community and Partnerships at Planet Mark & Chair of the Institute of Director’s National Sustainability Taskforce, Cllr Marisa Heath, Cabinet Member for Environment for Surrey County Council and Ian Christie.

In addition, attendees will be able to visit guest stands at the event and network with key stakeholders such as Efficiency Champion Sponsor Nick Diprose, Founding Partner of Holdsway, who says: “Holdsway is sponsoring Crest Business Awards for the second year running to raise the profile of a positive environmental strategy. Business and organisational efficiency demand a rigorous focus on reducing waste, whether in materials, energy, human effort, investment, or time. We salute all organisations that are working hard to be more efficient.”

Nick Diprose, Founding Partner of Holdsway
Nick Diprose, Founding Partner of Holdsway

For more information about how to enter CREST22 Business Awards, visit