Green Business of the Year Winner, 2007
The Local Food Company has scooped a prestigious award whilst boosting the UK economy
A government report published in August revealed that small businesses account for a whopping 47.1% of employment and 37.2% of turnover in the UK, making their combined economic contribution enormous and worthy of recognition!*
Innovative South West business, The Local Food Company from South Brent, Dartmoor, certainly received the recognition they deserved this week at the Business Start-up Awards in London. The online food business picked up the Green Business of the Year category for businesses under three years old. The Local Food Company is based at South Brent and delivers high quality, Westcountry food throughout the region and beyond. They also specialise in food for holiday makers and ethically sourced corporate food hampers, for green businesses concerned with their business carbon footprints.
This year’s judging panel consisted of some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs, including Martin Webb, entrepreneur & presenter of Channel 4’s Risking It All, Tim Campbell, winner of BBC’s The Apprentice, 2005 and Jonathon Moules, entrepreneurship Correspondent, Financial Times. The judges were impressed by The Local Food Company’s innovation, concept and potential, recognising that this business is one of fifteen of the best new start-up companies in the UK. Selected out for special mention by Rt Hon Stephen Timms, Government Minister for Competition and Business, The Local Food Company were presented the award for effort and determination in leading their business forward with a sustainable and green business model and heralded as a model for future businesses to aspire to.
“We are really pleased to be considered as the greenest new business in the UK by the Startups. We hope it helps us grow and inspire both customers and other businesses to take green buying and green business decisions. For us, caring for the environment is absolutely a top priority; it’s rewarding that our business and our practices are judged to be a model for others.” Simon Rooney commented upon collecting the award.
The judges looked at a wide range of criteria which The Local Food Company excelled in. In particular, business success by increase in sales, customer focus, organisational effectiveness, strategic planning, overcoming obstacles and barriers to success, visionary leadership and social and community responsibility. The judges were impressed with the way the business has operated and the green and ethical principles and practices at the heart of the business.
The Local Food Company were one of the first businesses in the South West to have reduced and offset all associated carbon emissions linked to deliveries and one of the very few in the UK to be able to claim to have carbon offset from the start of their business over a year ago. The business leads the way in food miles labeling in the UK and has banned all known air freighted produce as well as only selling seasonal fruit and vegetables. The corporate and holiday makers hampers are all ethically supplied, have minimal packaging and include some of the best food available anywhere in the UK.
The Local Food Company used ENVISION to help with their independent assessment of improvements and then set about implementing them. They have particularly expanded their delivery of food to holiday makers to help green Devon.
The Rooneys have partnered with businesses such as Compton Pool Farm, Rural Retreats and Lower Coombe Royal to deliver fully inclusive, local food arrival boxes, as a way of reducing the impact of holiday makers in Devon and contributing to the local economy.
They have recently launched a range of celebrity chef, Christmas gift and business hampers to help promote local food in the South West.
For more information and to start buying local food online, visit their award winning website or call 01548 831183.
The Local Food Company has already won and been short listed for a host of awards including Internet Retailer of the Year, 2006 from Taste of the West, Best Local Food Retailer in the South West from the Rural Retailer Awards (short list 2007), Best National Work Placement for their Shell Work Placement (2006) as well as being nominated for several other national awards.
The company has gone from strength to strength and recently moved to new premises at Brent Mill on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.
Modbury, where the partners live, continues to inspire a wave of successful, green entrepreneurs following the Plastic Bag Free Campaign earlier this year, which the partners were involved with.
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