The Crown Estate announces winners of the 2011 Business Awards

The Crown Estate has announced the winners of the 2011 Business Awards scheme. Now in its sixth year, the awards recognise excellence in innovation, business performance, environmental care and sustainability among our tenants and partners, areas which complement our core values of commercialism, integrity and stewardship. The scheme operates across our business sectors - marine, rural and urban.

15 July 2011

Roger Bright, chief executive of The Crown Estate, said: "I am delighted to be able to announce the winners of The Crown Estate Business Awards 2011. Competition this year has yet again been strong, and the winners should be proud of their achievements. They have demonstrated how to run a successful business in a sustainable way."

The winners were presented with their awards at a presentation at Lancaster House, London, on Thursday 7 July 2011, when our annual results were announced by Sir Stuart Hampson, chairman of The Crown Estate.

Marine Business Award

The winner of the 2011 Marine Business Award is The Green Blue, a Southampton-based company who have been working with many of our customers and tenants to improve energy and waste management.

Created in 2005 by the British Marine Federation (BMF) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA), this innovative environmental awareness programme impressed the judges with its cultural approach to a more sustainable interaction with the sea.

The prize is a £5,000 grant towards research or a community project, nominated by the winner The Green Blue.

Rural Business Award

The winners of the 2011 Rural Business Award are Julian and Stafford Procter, tenants on our Wingland estate, Lincolnshire.

The family take a sustainable approach to farming, caring for the environment and providing habitat for wildlife. The farm team work with the local community, with involvement with the Open Farm Sunday scheme and school visits. The judges commented that it was their environmental stewardship, innovative approach and can-do attitude which won them the award.

The prize is £5,000 towards a study tour overseas to see innovative farming methods and businesses.

Urban Business Award

The winner of the 2011 Urban Business Award is Sir Robert McAlpine, a successful, family run construction business with a strong company identity developed over 140 years.

Sir Robert McAlpine is committed to maintaining a high standard of corporate social responsibility and its sustainability model seeks to achieve community, environmental and core business benefits. In particular, it was felt that the company's sustainable approach on the Quadrant 3 project on Regent Street has been exemplary. The judges commented that the company had excelled in understanding The Crown Estate's core values.

The prize is a £5,000 towards a research project or community initiative.