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4th January 2018 Paul Andrews

St. Austell Brewery's environmental credentials have been recognised yet again at this year’s prestigious Cornwall Sustainability Awards (CSA).

Recently voted Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year at the Made in the South West awards, Director of External Relations Piers Thompson was delighted to pick up the CSA accolade on behalf of the Brewery, commenting, “It’s a great honour to be recognised by agencies within a region where there are so many amazing businesses and organisations going above and beyond to protect our beautiful environment. We make beer and we run pubs but sustainability is also our business and if the efforts of everyone involved with the Brewery lend encouragement to others to make it theirs, that’s a job well done.”

Looking after the local environment and local communities is something that has been at the heart of the family owned Brewery since the days of Piers’ great-great grandfather Walter Hicks who, as Chairman of the town board back in the 1890s, oversaw the introduction of a healthy water supply into St Austell for the first time.

Through the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust, the company has raised over £650,000 for local causes and individuals in need while through its flagship Tribute pale ale, the company also provides the backbone to grass roots sport across a wide range of disciplines.

Working hard across recent years on bespoke solutions to reduce the amount of energy and water required to make its award-winning beers has also earned the Brewery recognition on a national scale, picking up Made in the UK’s top award of Manufacturer of the Year in 2017.

Run by Cornwall Council and supported by the Environment Agency and a host of other sponsoring businesses, the Cornwall Sustainability Awards aim to encourage, reward and gain recognition for the excellent work businesses are doing to improve their own sustainability and that of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in particular.

Veryan Jones, Project Manager Cornwall Sustainability Awards, said: “The winner of this year’s large business category is one of Cornwall’s biggest companies and one that most of us are very proud to call our own, producing a range of wonderful goods that now all of us can enjoy safe in the knowledge and with clear conscience because they are striving to make all their products through more environmentally aware processes. Alongside their processes, the steps they’ve made over the last few years in energy reduction, recycling in all parts of the business and a culture of care for the place they call home and everywhere they sell their produce, command respect across their successful enterprise. Let’s raise a glass to St Austell Brewery”

Also present on the night to collect the award for the Brewery was Mike Goff, Manager of the company’s Port William pub and inn at  Trebarwith Strand, winners of the Brewery’s internal Green Champions environmental competition for their efforts in terms of recycling on site and reducing waste to landfill.

Proud to be sponsoring a separate award at the CSA event, Mike added, “It’s a real privilege to be involved with these awards. They are open to every business, large or small because everyone can make a difference to the environment around them. Whatever your business, if you’re thinking and working sustainably, shout about it and put your name down for next year’s awards.”

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