Bluestone Wins National BITC Award For Excellence
We’ve done it again, but this time on a national scale. Pembrokeshire’s Bluestone National Park Resort has scooped a top UK award and become an ‘Example of Excellence’ in the Business in the Community’s (BITC) annual responsible business awards, the 2011 Awards for Excellence.
Last month we told you how we took the ‘Big Tick’ win at the BITC’s Welsh awards, and now we’ve beaten off stiff competition from organisations across the UK, including EDF Energy and Milklink, to win the national UK accolade.
William McNamara (right), Founder and CEO of Bluestone National Park Resort, is pictured at the BITC London award ceremony with Mark Allen, Chief Executive of Dairy Crest, and BBC journalist Mishal Hussain who hosted the event with comedian Jack Dee.
Judges recognised our biomass energy centre, which heats the Blue Lagoon water park using crops grown by local farmers through a partnership with PBESCO, as having ‘sustainability at its very heart’. They said the partnership with Pembrokeshire’s farming community invests in the local economy and helps reduce our carbon footprint.
The biomass energy centre is believed to be a world first within the tourism industry and we’re very proud of its positive impact, endorsed by the judges and the award.
Now in its 14th year, the BITC Awards for Excellence is a prestigious annual showcase of the UK’s best responsible businesses in action. The Awards highlight the positive impact businesses are having in the environment, amongst their employees, through the supply chains and in the local communities in which they operate.
The national gala dinner event was hosted by comedian Jack Dee and BBC journalist Mishal Hussain at London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of a packed audience of over 1,000 high profile business leaders.
Before attending the gala dinner, William McNamara, founder and CEO of Bluestone, was invited to a celebratory networking reception at No.11 Downing Street where he met with Chancellor George Osborne and chief executives from other shortlisted companies.
Mr McNamara said: “This is a proud day for us. We set out to establish Bluestone as an environmentally sustainable business working with our local community. Just three years after we opened Bluestone, we have achieved national recognition for our work. But we have much more to do and being named as a national ‘Example of Excellence’ will drive us forward to achieve much more.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Each year the Awards for Excellence showcases the most inspiring and impactful examples of corporate responsibility in action. Each of our winners displays a genuine commitment to continually improve their business practices and transform the communities in which they operate and do business. Our winners should be proud of their achievements particularly in these challenging times.”
Paul Ratcliffe, of PBESCO, partners in Bluestone’s biomass project, said: “Congratulations to Bluestone. The award demonstrates the success of our partnership and the commitment by both businesses to work with local farmers.”