Leaders in sustainability celebrated at iiE Awards 2023

Thursday 23rd November marked the iiE Awards 2023 and the celebration of success in sustainable business. Organisations across the UK were recognised for creating positive and long-lasting change in their working practices to help tackle climate change and waste. These included those just starting out in sustainability all the way to those going above and beyond.

The online event also featured talks from renowned leaders in sustainability, Lucy Shea, Chief Executive Officer of Futerra, and Saasha Celestial-One, Chief Operating Officer and Cofounder of Olio. They discussed the importance of behaviour change and incorporating climate values into our lives, from work to home. Lucy shared with us Futerra’s tips on how to encourage customers to engage with your organisation’s climate action, and Saasha spoke on her own journey to combat food waste and how initial small-scale actions can trigger greater change.

This year saw over 100 new organisations seeking out iiE accreditation due to iiE success stories alongside market demands on businesses to make the net-zero transition. Current members have gone above and beyond despite difficult economic challenges, with approximately a quarter of this year’s submitted accreditations achieving Green, the highest iiE award level. iiE Members achieved 8.7k tCO2e of carbon savings and saved enough natural gas to heat almost 2,000 3-bedroom homes for a year, demonstrating how carbon management can also cut costs.

Antony Gough, the new National Lead of iiE, said, “It’s been another excellent year for the Investors in Environment Scheme, with total membership continuing to grow and over 130 members successfully achieving either Bronze, Silver or Green accreditation. Our members have worked hard to understand and benchmark their environmental impacts and achieved significant success in terms of reducing their ecological footprint. It’s been a privilege for the iiE team to support our members on their journey, and we’re delighted to recognise their efforts at the iiE Awards.”

Thank you to the organisations that sponsored and supported this year’s iiE Awards: including Roythornes Solicitors, Green Energy Switch, Cambridge and Counties Bank, Hunt & Coombs Solicitors, Ecotricity, Compare the Market, Redwood Bank, Elanco, MWI Animal Health and Waterwise.

This year’s judging panel brought a wealth of experience to undertake the difficult job of choosing the winning entries from an impressive lineup; thank you to James Hand, Co-Founder of Giki, Virginia Cinquemani, Founder of Green Gorilla Consulting, Brigette Reid, Director of Green Arch Consulting, Stuart Dawks, Chief Executive of PECT, Danielle Heward, Founder of Optimo Business Consulting and Janna Tweed, Head of Client Engagement and Education at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.

To learn more about the environmental accreditation scheme and its members, visit www.iie.uk.com.

iiE Awards 2023 Winners

Best Carbon Reduction 2023: Garston Veterinary Group

Runners Up: Andy Thornton Ltd and West Northamptonshire Council

Sponsored by: Green Energy Switch


Best Waste Reduction 2023: North West Veterinary Specialists

Runners Up: the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Sponsored by: Elanco


Best Water Reduction 2023: Perkins Engines

Runners Up: Treak Cliff Cavern and Swiftool Precision Engineering Limited

Supported by Waterwise


Sustainable Transport Champion 2023: Elanco  

Runners Up: the British Veterinary Nursing Association and Mayne Veterinary Clinic

Sponsored by: MWI Animal Health


Sustainability Influencer 2023: Roythornes Solicitors

Runners Up: the British Veterinary Association and Garston Veterinary Group

Sponsored by: Ecotricity


Natural Environment Champion 2023: Paragon Veterinary Group

Runners Up: West Midlands Referrals

Sponsored by: Cambridge & Counties Bank


Best Social Impact 2023: Charity Bank

Runners Up: Change Agents UK (CAUK)

Sponsored by Redwood Bank


Best Newcomer 2023: balletLORENT, Swiftool Precision Engineering Limited and CIPD (Joint Winners)

Sponsored by: Hunt & Coombs Solicitors


Overall Outstanding Achiever (SME) 2023: Willows Veterinary Centre & Referrals

Runners Up: Cross Keys Homes

Sponsored by: Roythornes Solicitors


Overall Outstanding Achiever (Large Business) 2023: Institution of Engineering & Technology

Runners Up: Davies Veterinary Specialists

Sponsored by: Compare the Market


2023 Accreditations:

Bronze Accreditation

Abbey House Veterinary Hospital

Andy Thornton Ltd

Auckland Youth and Community Centre (AYCC) Ltd

Avonvale Veterinary Centres

Bishopton Veterinary Group

Blacks Vets

Brentknoll Vets

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)

Bullion Community Resource Centre

Calder Vets

Camstar Herbs Ltd

Chapel House Veterinary Practice

Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD)

Citizens Advice Northumberland

Community Action Northumberland (CAN)

Connected Voice

Durham Community Action

Durham County Carers Support

East Cambridgeshire District Council

Eastcott Referrals

Folly Gardens Veterinary Clinic

Galedin Vets

Greatwell Homes

Hampden Vets

Healthworks Newcastle

Hera Beauty Ltd

Highlights Productions

Highlights Productions Ltd

Hygienic Pigging Systems

Jack Drum Arts CIC

Kendal Brewery Arts & Cinema

Kids Kabin

Lincolnshire Pet Cremation Services

Minster Vets Equine

Mondottica Ltd

Mortal Foods

National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)

Newton Clarke Veterinary Surgeons

Northumberland CVA

Oakhill Veterinary Centre

Park Vet Group

Peak Vets

Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH)

Sandhole Vets

Spinney Lodge Vets

St Peters Vets

St. Clair Veterinary Group

Station House Vets

Swiftool Precision Engineering

Swinton Estate

Tameside Veterinary Clinic

The Comfrey Project CIO

The Customs House Trust

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)


Vets4Pets – Clevedon

Village Vet

Village Vet London

Watkins and Tasker Veterinary Group

West Northamptonshire Council

Westway Veterinary Practices

Whitley Bay Big Local

Woodward Veterinary Practice


Silver Accreditation

Alliance Leisure

Anderson Moores

Ash Tree Vets


British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA)

British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Cave Veterinary Specialists

Change Agents

Charity Bank

Compare the Market

Cromwell Vets

Dick White Referrals Specialist Veterinary Centre

Durham Wildlife Trust

Elanco UK


Garston Veterinary Group

Gateshead Council

George Veterinary Group

IPM Global

Lanes Vets

Meadow Well Connected

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group

Northwest Vet Specialists

Oaklea Trust

Oundle School

Paragon Vets

Quarry Vets


Shearbridge Vets

Shepherds Friendly

Southfields Vets

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

Vet Partners (Corporate)

Veterinary Specialists Scotland

Veterinary Vision

Vets4Pets – Stirling

West Midlands Referrals

Woolton Veterinary Centre

Your Pet Medicine Compare Ltd


Green Accreditation

British Veterinary Association (BVA)

Budget Paper Supplies Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank

City of Lincoln Council

Cross Keys Homes Limited

Crowshall Veterinary Services LLP

Davies Veterinary Specialists

Durham County Council

Hull City Council

JCS Fish

Kingstown Works Ltd

Linnaeus Group HQ

Manchester NHS Trust

Mayne Veterinary Services (Colchester)

Minster Vets

Nene Park Trust

North Downs Specialist Referrals

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Old Hall Vets

Perkins Engines

RocketMill Digital Marketing

The Webinar Vet

University of Northampton

Vets Defence

Walters Limited

WF Glazing

Willows Veterinary Centre

C3 Group

Dengie Feeds

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors


Wylie Veterinary Centre