October 1st was a great day for BOM as we celebrated winning two National Awards, including Overall Winner out of 240 projects at the Biffa Award 2015, scooping a £2,500 prize.
The Coventry Transport museum was the setting for this year’s Biffa Award ceremony, celebrating community projects across the country with an overall theme of ‘Building communities. Transforming lives.’ The Award was established in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund enabling support of a wide range of community and environmental projects across the UK. Biffa Group Limited has contributed over £156m to the Award, which to date has been used to help more than 3200 projects.
This year more than 240 eligible projects were whittled down to a shortlist of just 19 across five sub-categories: Community Buildings, Recreation, Small Grants, Cultural Facilities and Rebuilding Biodiversity, as well as an Overall Winner.
BOM were winners in the Small Grants category and we were surprised and delighted to also be awarded ‘Overall Winner 2015.’
Finding success in any field is always a team effort. Our friends, Fellows and Trustees are a hugely important part of what we are working to achieve and without them of course we wouldn’t even be here. We are particularly grateful to Simon Bolton, our fantastic chair who has supported BOM since our inception and provides us with endless positivity, direction, out of the box thinking and (also importantly) good business sense. Simon is Associate Dean for Applied Research and Enterprise at Birmingham City University and a Global Thought Leader for Procter & Gamble.
Other winners included the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales for ‘Rebuilding Diversity’ and the David Clarke Railway Trust for Cultural Facilities.
It was such a fun (and rewarding!) event which will really help us to continue developing an exciting and innovative program here at BOM.