Environmental awards recognise sustainability leaders of 2020

The iiE Awards, held on Thursday 8th October 2020, recognised business green champions across the UK who have created positive and long-lasting change in their working practices, in order to help tackle climate change.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Awards, and to celebrate the occasion, the team behind green accreditation scheme Investors in the Environment (iiE) ran a week-long programme of inspiring online sustainability events. The events attracted more than 500 attendees and are now available to view as video recordings at

The events included talks from expert guest speakers, who focused on a range of themes including social impact, carbon reduction, water saving, natural environment and more. The aim of the programme was to engage organisations and individuals with different environmental initiatives to inspire, influence and share best practice.

April Sotomayor, Sustainability Consultant, said “10 years ago Investors in the Environment was launched after our charity identified a gap in the market. There was, and continues to be, a huge opportunity to encourage organisations to account for their environmental footprint, benchmark their progress, and enable them to get recognized for these efforts.”

“We were absolutely delighted with the standard of this year’s awards entries and are delighted to announce that – in the last audited year alone – our members have achieved estimated carbon savings of 13,876 tonnes CO2e saved. This is a truly tremendous achievement.”

Thank you to the organisations that supported this year’s iiE Awards: including BGL Group, Roythornes Solicitors, Davies Veterinary Specialists, Cross Keys Homes, Green Energy Switch, Ecotricity, Cool Food, and Hunt & Coombs Solicitors.

To find out more about the green accreditation scheme and its members, visit


2020 Award Winners

Bronze Accreditation

BGL Group

Stockton Riverside College

Old Hall Veterinary Centre

British Veterinary Association

Silver Accreditation

Greatwell Homes

Gateshead Council


Alliance Leisure

Crick Software

JCS Fish Limited

Longhurst Group

Hegarty Solicitors


Durham County Council

City of Lincoln Council

Durham County Council

Green Accreditation

Riverside Bakery (Addo Food Group)

Athene Communications

BCS Consulting

Buckles Solicitors

Budget Paper Supplies

Skanska – Peterborough Highways

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Cross Keys Homes

Daventry District Council

Davies the Veterinary Specialists


Peterborough Regional College

Green Energy Switch

Green Heart Clean

Hull City Council

Hull College Group

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors


Kingstown Works (KWL)

University of Northampton


Roythornes Solicitors

WF Glazing


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Ecology Building Society

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Perkins Engines

Northampton General Hospital


Peterborough City Council

Skanska – Peterborough Highways

PPS Print


Best Carbon Reduction 2020: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Commendation for: Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust


Best Water Reduction 2020: Peterborough Regional College

Commendation for: Cambridge & Counties Bank


Best Waste Reduction 2020: Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Commendation for: Perkins Engines


Sustainable Transport Champion 2020: LEDA

Commendation for: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Natural Environment Champion 2020: Manchester University NHS Trust

Commendation for: Cross Keys Homes


Biggest Social Impact 2020: Cross Keys Homes

Commendation for: Manchester University NHS Trust


Sustainability Influencer 2020: Davies Veterinary Specialists and Sustainability Lead Ellie West

Commendation for: BGL Group and TGBN


Overall Outstanding Achiever 2020: Cambridge & Counties Bank

Commendations for: Peterborough Regional College, BGL Group, Hunt & Coombs, Skanska – Peterborough Highways, Daventry District Council, TGBN and Hull College Group