Queen’s Award Celebrations

Queen’s Award Celebrations

News from NEP - September 2014

As you know this summer we received the Royal nod for our services in the form of a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.  This award is regarded as the UK’s most prestigious business accolade and one that we are immensely proud of – we are the very first organisation in Nottinghamshire to win in the Sustainable Development category. 

This award recognises our dedication over the last 15 years towards the reduction of fuel poverty
in the area and our efforts to help businesses become more sustainable through the work of our
trading arm, NEPes.

Read our official Queen's Award Press Release to find out more about our track record.

Let the celebrations commence...

Celebrations began at Buckingham Palace when General Manager, Phil Angus and Affordable
Warmth Development Manager Miranda Cumberbatch were invited down for the afternoon.
They were congratulated by the Queen and Prince Philip and mingled with fellow Queens Award
winners of all categories, Sustainable Development, Innovation and International Trade.
They also had a small amount of time to mooch around and marvel at all the original artwork.  

  

The rest of the team did not miss out - we recently hosted a celebration at our offices
(see pictures below) where we raised a glass with the NEP board and key partners who have helped us get where we are today.  It was the perfect setting to reflect on how far we have come and our achievements, it’s not often you stop to do that, especially as a collective.   Her Majesty the Queen’s Representative Sir John Peace, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and founder of Experian was our guest of honour and presented the award.  

Over the years Sir John has presented a number of Queen’s Awards, this however, was his first
in Sustainable Development, he said: “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is one of the most sought after awards in the country today and is recognised internationally.  To win the award for sustainability is very special and timely. I think in many ways you are leading the way so thank you for everything that you have done to make this success today achievable.”

Chair of NEP board, Cllr David Liversidge has supported NEP from the start.  In the early days he
was actually sent to close it down, thankfully he didn’t, and instead saw the value and potential of a
private sector home improvement agency. During his speech he said “NEP’s projects, which can
be life changing for some people, are delivered with commitment by people who really
care about vulnerable people, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and climate change, it is
no surprise they have won this award, they wholeheartedly deserve it”.

Looking forward...

We will continue to look to the future and break new ground in sustainability and climate change.
Our latest project is a new office building, the Mundella Centre in the Meadows – which we plan to develop to Passivhaus standards, providing a super energy efficient base.

See below a small selection of our photos from the day - for the full suite please visit our
Flickr stream.