Two Island Businesses Up For Sustainability Awards

The Spirit of St Agnes

The Spirit of St Agnes

Two Scilly businesses are being considered for three Cornwall Sustainability Awards.

The event is organised to encourage and reward the work businesses undertake to improve their own sustainability.

One of the finalists, John Peacock, has been frequently recognised for innovation in his St Agnes Boating business.

He’s being considered for the Best Managed Small Business, for developing software that sends passenger reports to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency electronically.

John’s workspace is paper-free and his admin and accounts are stored online in the ‘cloud,’ which means his boat acts as his office.

His online booking system encourages passengers to share a service and that reduces the fuel cost and emissions.

St Agnes boating is also a finalist in the Best Contribution by a Maritime Business award.

John has invested £5,000 on smart technology that calculates how much fuel his boat engine actually needs. That’s reduced his fuel bill by around 20%.

The judges also considered John’s level of community service. He doesn’t charge funeral parties and works to accommodate medical-trip passenger appointments.

Andrew and Be Combes

Andrew and Be Combes

On St Mary’s, the Buzza Tower project is up for the Best Contribution to the Built Environment award.

Andrew and Be Combes leased the Council-owned landmark and restored the former windmill whilst commissioning and fitting a camera obscura.

The judges have been impressed by the attraction, which opened last year and offers locals and visitors panoramic views and a collection of quirky items in their ‘cabinet of curiosities.’

Winners will be announced at an evening celebration taking place on Friday 4th December at the Headland Hotel in Newquay.