The CREST Business awards recognise and celebrate success in sustainability.
They are free to enter and open to anyone operating in Surrey.

CREST Sustainable Business Awards have captured the spirit of our time. They are Surrey’s only awards uniquely aimed at recognising and celebrating business sustainability by enterprises and organisations, they aim to inspire and motivate innovation to protect the environment and promote more sustainable working and lifestyle habits.


Initiated by the Woking News & Mail in association with the University of Surrey’s Centre for the Environment and Sustainability, an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development, they recognise and celebrate business sustainability.

Launched in the midst of a global pandemic as CREST21, the awards are to be an annual highlight on Surrey’s event calendar for the local, national and international business operating within the county.

Following their inauguration with the hugely successful CREST21 Awards, they have become established as an annual event, they are Surrey’s first awards uniquely aimed at celebrating business sustainability. Preparation for CREST23 Awards is already underway and are due to take place at the WWF’s Living Planet Centre, in Woking, the site of its UK headquarters on 26th October 2023.


Monday 6th March 2023 – Entries open and are FREE to enter

Friday 16th June 2023 – Closing Date for entries

Thursday 26th October 2023Presentation of the CREST23 Awards will be at the WWF’s UK Headquarters Living Planet Centre in Woking.

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We want CREST22 to shine a light on the change and progress in sustainable business models. In Woking there are some exciting initiatives driven by people’s worries about the future of the planet. These awards aim to recognise what is happening now.

Terry Tidbury
Co-director – CREST Business Awards

As part of your local University we are delighted to be helping to establish this year’s inaugural Crest21 awards for Woking with the News and Mail. This is especially timely with COP26 being hosted in the UK.

Prof. Richard Murphy
Director; Centre for Environment and Sustainability

About the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey

CES is an internationally-acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development. First established at the University of Surrey by Professor Roland Clift in 1992, it is now in its 25th year.

It continues to exert a major influence on the development of industrial ecology, systems analysis for sustainability and on policy-makers and civil society in meeting the challenges in living sustainably and well.

The impact of research and teaching by the CES is enhanced by its work in close partnership with diverse businesses and industry on sustainable innovation and implementation issues in practice.

Its research uses inter-disciplinary approaches to the analysis of complex systems, integrating the engineering and science-based disciplines with insights from the economic and social sciences, and from this develop action-oriented, policy relevant responses to long-term environmental and social issues. 

The CES attributes its work with businesses and industry as being key to ensuring its Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral graduates develop leading-edge knowledge and skills needed for successful careers in all aspects of sustainability.

Centre for Environment and Sustainability