The peat-free compost maker was named as East Midlands’ Business of the Year and winner of the regional Sustainability Award and will now line up for the national UK titles.
Judges said Vital Earth won its two awards thanks to its combination of environmental excellence and commercial success as both a waste manager and manufacturer of compost and fertiliser products. The company turns 85,000 tonnes of domestic green garden waste sourced locally from kerbside green and brown bin collections into compost and fertilisers, creating more than 30 specialist products for gardeners and saving the waste from going to landfill. Last year the firm picked up the Chamber’s Green Award in the East Midlands as well as award for technical innovation.
Vital Earth is now in the running for the national title in its categories, as well as the chance to collect the Award for Outstanding Business Achievement – with a top prize of £25,000 and runner up prizes of £15,000 and £10,000.
John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "All the good things we want to see in society depend on business and wealth creation. These awards provide a snapshot of some of the most impressive companies from across the country. These business owners are working day in day out to build upon the companies they have built from scratch, creating jobs in local communities, and contributing to the economic recovery we so desperately need. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate their success through the Chamber Awards."
Managing director of Vital Earth, Steve Harper added, "This is another great accolade for the company – to win two awards at this level including East Midlands’ Business of the Year. It’s great news for the whole team here at Ashbourne and particularly gratifying because the whole Vital Earth business is based on local sourcing, local manufacture, local job creation and local expertise."
There are nine categories in the national Chamber Awards, backed by sponsors including RBS and NatWest, BT Business, BT Directories, Dell, DHL Express, BSI, AXA PPP healthcare and Westfield Health. The national winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on November 24th 2011.