New Green Business of the Year
Gym+Coffee is a growing fitness community across the UK which has recently opened a clubhouse in Liverpool to create a community hub where people can interact. More than just a clothing brand, the clubhouse brings people who love exercise together and offers a range of inclusive exercise-based events indoors and out.
Liverpool Tool Library makes DIY more accessible by offering a library of hundreds of tools which the community can hire and use for their own home projects. The initiative not only reduces the waste of people individually buying tools which are rarely used, it also encourages the community to reap the benefits of creativity and skill-building.
The Vibe is a family-run business serving 100% plant-based food to nourish, nurture and inspire. The family has a dream to share the food they love with the city they love, and is passionate about locally sourced produce, protecting the environment and using eco-friendly packaging.
Green Business of the Year
E-Verve Energy Ltd is an independent provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructures, contributing to the road-to-zero, green agenda. The company has installed 10,000 domestic charge points in the North West.
International Pheromone Systems is a family business developing ways to manage pests in a sustainable way. Through scientific research with industry experts on the behaviour of pests, it develops natural solutions to successfully reduce pesticide use.
Waste Not Want Not was the first zero-waste refill shop to open in Merseyside, starting with a small market unit and now having a large town centre premises. Aiming to make sustainable products accessible, it provides an efficient and personable experience while allowing people to be more conscious consumers and reduce their environmental impact.
FRC Group is a collection of social enterprises and registered charities on a mission to eradicate furniture poverty and achieve a society where everyone can obtain good quality, affordable furniture. Its sustainable not-for-profit organisations, Furniture Resource Centre and Bulky Bob’s.
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is the UK’s longest-running Arab arts and culture festival, showcasing top UK and international Arab artists. The festival combines traditional and contemporary Arab artforms, encouraging informed debate which explores and appreciates Arab people and their rich culture.
Wilderness Hair is reinventing the idea of a typical salon by exploring a whole new meaning of self-love. Stylists are trained to give clients the expertise and attention they deserve, offering an inclusive, bespoke and educational experience.
Healthy Living Award
HYPE Urban Bikes is a not-for-profit organisation which makes cycling accessible to everyone. The initiative promotes environmentally conscious travel and a way to improve health and wellbeing. Its mechanics upcycle bikes to donate or sell at affordable prices, as well as loan to commuters.
Liverpool Parks Friends Forum has demonstrated the power of collective community action through its pivotal role in protecting Liverpool’s green spaces. Concerned about the future of the parks and aware of their impact on the health and wellbeing of the community, the network of passionate volunteers worked together to protect community access to green spaces.
Taking Root in Bootle established the community growing circle project to create a circular green loop between at-home food growing and community composting. The community gardening network’s project allows households to grow food in terraced homes and in turn, increase biodiversity, support wildlife and reduce food miles, packaging and waste.
Community Impact Award
Liverpool SUP Co specialises in stand-up paddleboarding, offering tuition on Albert Dock, the Leeds/Liverpool canal and the River Weaver. Alongside learning and fun, the company aims to help the community reconnect with the ocean and environment.
Perception Theatre is a not-for-profit interactive theatre company which tackles important social issues like knife crime, loan sharks, cyber bullying and domestic violence.
Your Voice Your Choice Ltd enhances the lives of adults with additional needs and autism. It provides an alternative to the traditional day service, offering an extensive range of activities which promote independence, choice and empowerment.
Young Environmental Champion
Community Ranger Service helps to educate juniors and cadets about practical ways to enhance the environment and improve their own personal wellbeing. Designed to be fun and reduce stress, the group’s outdoor work has included enhancing Willaston Community Farms’ land by building a woodland walk and caring for the farm animals.
Eco Emeralds is a group of environmental activists aged nine to 11 from All Saints Catholic Primary School who want to find ways to protect their local environment and enjoy nature. The group gained support from Iceland Foods’ charitable organisation and the Duchess of Cambridge, and with their help launched the ‘Backyard Nature’ campaign which has inspired more than 10,000 children to protect their environment.
Wirral Youth Zone has been running the Waste Not Want Not project for more than a year with the aim to cut food waste in Liverpool. The project gives young people the skills to cultivate and cook their own food, arming them with nutritional knowledge and know-how which can help them save money and the environment.
The Formby and Freshfield Beach Litter Angels was set up by volunteers in response to increased litter at the National Trust Formby, a protected conservation site. Residents of Formby joined with the Beach Litter Angels to support the space, organising events and undertaking work individually.
One Knowsley is an independent body which provides expertise and support to more than 800 not-for-profit organisations to help them grow and deliver impactful work.
Wirral Wombles is a group of like-minded people who come together to inspire and support each other to make Wirral an even better place to be. More than 2,700 members are part of the group, with volunteers pledging to help keep the streets and open spaces clean and tidy through litter picking.
Carbon Champion Award
Livv Housing Group provides more than 13,000 homes across the North West, as well as offering local projects and training to help communities flourish. The business has reduced its carbon consumption by 53% in two years through renewable energy use and reducing its utilities consumption.
THE PRINTROOM UK has many environmentally friendly practices which make its printing services more sustainable. Over the past 18 years, it has monitored and changed to strengthen its commitment to the environment.
Tusk is a small, independent pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar founded in the Baltic triangle. The first restaurant in Liverpool to become carbon free dining certified, the plant-based business has planted more than 1,500 fruit trees to offset carbon emissions, as well as provide sustainable food sources and education in developing countries.
CREATE UK is a social enterprise formed in 1995 to improve social, environmental, financial and employment issues in the North West. It recycles, refurbishes and redistributes white goods throughout the community, handling more than 5,000 appliances per month.
Farm Urban is a pioneer of the green industrial revolution, introducing innovative forms of sustainable urban food growing. The group of people-focused innovators are disrupting food and education systems with their green solutions, while also offering technical and rewarding jobs.
Liverpool Tool Library s a sustainable project which promotes creativity and skill-building through DIY. The library of hundreds of tools which can be hired makes DIY more accessible to everyone and reduces the waste of people individually buying tools.