What are the Awards?
These awards celebrate the contributions that businesses make to transforming Woking.
Sustainable business awards are a way to recognise innovation and progress, celebrating the achievements of not-for-profit, small, medium and large businesses across a wide range of categories.
Reasons to enter:
Applicants for each category will be shortlisted and receive extensive social media coverage via University of Surrey and the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Woking News&Mail newspaper and online application, Planet Woking and on Surrey County Council social media.
Winners of each category will receive a defined period of sustainable consultancy from the University of Surrey and benefits from branding and award features to increase public awareness, as well as artwork for websites and email signatures.
Entering gives companies an opportunity to focus on their sustainability journey, share their vision and learn from one another. It also celebrates companies achievements within the wider borough, giving them increased exposure and marketing opportunities.
All category winners are considered for our Sustainability Hero Award
The application process
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Closing date for applications to be submitted is 5th March 2021
Ian Christie – senior lecturer at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability in Surrey.
Ian Christie is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability in Surrey. He is knowledge exchange coordinator for CUSP (Centre for the understanding of Sustainable Prosperity).
Ian has been at the University of Surrey since 2011, teaching and researching sustainable development. His interests are mainly in the political economy and ethics of sustainability; values and behavioural change in households, communities and large organisations; and policymaking for sustainability. He has worked in various roles on CUSP’s precursor programmes led by Prof Tim Jackson—RESOLVE and the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group. His earlier career included senior roles in think-tanks (Demos and Policy Studies Institute); in business (Henley Centre for Forecasting); and in central and local government. Ian worked independently as a sustainability advisor from 1999 to 2011, with clients including government departments, think-tanks, the Church of England, the Environment Agency and Natural England. He is an associate or trustee of several organisations concerned with sustainability, environmental policy and public engagement in policymaking and ethics: Green Alliance, Involve, Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, New Economics Foundation and Theos
Terry Tidbury – Managing Director Woking News & Mail
Terry is a retired accountant with over 40 years’ experience with international blue-chip organisations across a variety of business sectors.
Having been brought out of retirement in 2014 and joining the News & Mail he led the efforts to ensure the paper’s survival and return the title to readership growth in a climate of decline for local newspapers.
Terry said, “When the subject of Sustainability Awards came up, I jumped at the chance to help promote and establish Surrey’s first dedicated programme recognising the fabulous work being undertaken by businesses in and around Woking.
“The work undertaken in developing these awards has opened my eyes to the fantastic and exciting strides being taken by organisations in and around Woking and I am honoured to have been asked to join the panel of judges.”
Carol Miller – Chair – Woking Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee
Carol has a wide breadth of experience in journalism and communications that includes over 12 years with the UK supermarket chain, Waitrose, where she was editor of its internal print and online magazine. The role helped build an extensive contact base within food and beverages alongside a clear insight into the industry, nurtured by a personal passion for all aspects of field to plate journeys.
Prior to that Carol worked for 12 years in internal and external communications with a broad range of companies, including a European aviation trade and lobby association. This followed 12 years as a journalist for national, regional and local media outlets. Clients know they can rely on her real understanding of the media from all aspects to optimize news and events.
“The business community has to take a leading role in protecting and improving the environment where we live and work because sustainability is not something to be seen as a potential option. However, the benefit to those that recognise that the very survival of our planet is in imminent danger and take positive action, will not only give future generations the opportunity to thrive but will help build trust and credibility of stakeholders for those committed businesses.”
Cllr Kevin Davis – Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability at Woking Borough Council
Cllr Kevin Davis was first elected in 2012, representing the Heathlands ward and a member of the Executive with portfolio holder responsibilities for the Environment and Promoting the Local Economy.
“The CREST21 Business Awards merges the two portfolios I am most passionate about; the environment and business, so it is an honour to be invited to participate in judging them. I am looking forward to learning about the many innovative ways our vibrant local economy is tackling climate change and sustainability issues, especially as we move through these challenging times.”
Katie Sargent – Surrey County Council
Katie Sargent is the Environment Group Commissioning Manager at Surrey County Council and leads on the work to reduce carbon emissions in Surrey to net zero by 2050, and by 2030 for the Council’s emissions. Joining Surrey County Council in 2019, she has overseen the development of Surrey’s challenging Climate Change Strategy and the Council’s £300M Greener Futures Investment Programme.
Katie has worked in the environment field in the public sector since 2006 with roles at Camden Council and the GLA and has a Masters Degree in Environment, Society and Policy from the Open University.
For more information see our FAQs below
Is there a fee to enter these awards:
No! Participation in the competition is free of charge.
How should we submit an entry?
Once you have downloaded the pdf entry form when it becomes available on 1st February, simply fill it in ensuring you include all the key criteria on which entries are judged. The key criteria for each category are:
- a statement outlining the reason for entry for a particular category
- the impact it has had or is projected to have.
There is a limit of 600 words for each of these sections. You can also link to external web pages, with additional information or a video about your submission. Please include links to the web pages and videos on the application form.
Is my business too big or too small?
Any size organisation, as well as individuals, can enter the Awards. The judges will take the size of the organisation into account when considering the applications.
Can I nominate myself?
Yes! We generally don’t celebrate our own achievements and we want to change that. You can nominate yourself, someone can nominate you, or you can nominate someone else… However, you do need permission from the organisation involved if you are entering for them.
Can I enter more than one category?
Yes, you can enter as many categories as you like, but get ready to spend a little more time – you need to fill in a separate entry form for every category you enter and provide details specific to that category.
Who gets to see my entry? Is it confidential?
Entries are compiled by the Awards Team at CREST and sent straight to our Judges. Your entry form is confidential, but if you are shortlisted, we’ll want to tell everyone about the great work you’re doing, so make sure your initiative /project /business can be talked about!
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What is the closing date for entries?
Entries close at 23.59 on the 5 March 2021
Can a collaboration be submitted to the CREST21 Awards?
Yes! Although a nominated company must submit the entry, you can list all involved stakeholders. Sometimes collaborations take us to new and exciting places, so please tell us about them.
What happens if my entry is shortlisted?
Shortlisted entries will be selected in the first round of judging and announced on 9 April 2021. If your submission is shortlisted, judges will request additional information / clarifications from you. All shortlisted entries across the six categories will be celebrated and the winners of each category will be announced at the hybrid CREST21 Awards 2021 ceremony at the WWF Living Planet in Woking on the 20 May 2021.
Can I get feedback on my entry?
The judges sometimes leave comments about entries. On request we can share any remarks they may have made, on an anonymous basis. Please be patient with us – this is a manual process and will only be provided on request!