Business for Good Award
In today’s world, it’s not the Government but businesses that are truly making a positive difference to our society and Earth. This award is to celebrate those truly purpose-led companies with positivity at their core. It’s for the really good eggs — those who act in a positive way for our people, communities or planet, and encourage others to do the same.
There are two lucky winners for this award: the first will receive £10,000 and the second will receive £5,000. You can read the full Terms and Conditions for The Independent Awards here and read all of our FAQs here.
This award is proudly sponsored by Royal Mail, who believe in behaving sustainably. In fact, with their unique ‘feet on the street’ network of over 90,000 postmen and women, they have the lowest reported carbon emissions per parcel of any major UK delivery company.
HOW TO VOTE
When you vote in the Independent Awards you’re letting a real person know that you believe in them and what they’re building — as well as giving them a chance to win a cash prize of £5,000 or £10,000, which can really help their business.
- Vote for your favourite Nominee by tapping the button in their box below and entering your details
- You can vote for one business per category
- Verify your vote within 24 hours (verification will be sent to your inbox, so do check your junk folder)
- Head over to the other category pages and vote for your favourites for those awards too
Votes cast up until 5pm on the 24th November will help select the category Finalists, and any votes made after this time will still count towards the People’s Choice Award. Please see our Ts&Cs for further details.
Vote for your favourite nominee
Each of these independent businesses has been selected for being outstanding in this category. Which is your favourite?
A Curious Society
With their 12-year-old chief designer at the helm, A Curious Society creates thought-provoking screenprinted clothing with a focus on conservation, the planet and world issues. Every item is sourced sustainably, ethically and printed to order with water based inks to ensure zero waste.
Bon Voyage rejected the retail norm by going circular — putting values and the planet over fast-paced profit. They work towards three goals: to reduce textile waste, to make sustainable fashion economically inclusive and to promote that preloved is as cool as first hand.
With a focus on the planet, founder Flora of Collingwood-Norris, aims to reduce textile waste by reviving fabric techniques to make clothes last, and inspiring more people to repair their own knits. As well as taking commissions to mend, she shares skills through tutorials, repair kits and her book.
Cook School is a not-for-profit organisation teaching children and students nationwide about food and how to cook meat-free meals. Founded by mum and author Amanda, the school aims to give its students the skills and confidence to repeat-cook, promoting a healthy lifestyle and planet.
Through their magazine about businesses changing the world, Ethos connects sustainable concepts, people and places, with stories about work, ideas and life. They highlight progressive business leaders, their teams, their views and their ethos to highlight how business can be done differently.
Ran By Nature
Pledging 10% of their profits to charities that make sports accessible to underrepresented groups, Ran By Nature is a sustainable and adaptable activewear brand that believes in leaving nobody on the bench. Founder Bryna’s mission is to make fitness and fashion accessible for all.
The Long Table Stroud
The Long Table Stroud CIC is a ‘pay as you can’ community canteen, serving ingredient-led meals cooked with love. Every day, their long tables are filled with people looking to feed change, one bite at a time, funding cafes and ‘freezers of love’ filled with food for local communities.