Local businesses recognised for sustainability, connection and collaboration
24th July 2023
Annual Members Summer Celebration.
Vineyards of the Surrey Hills and Chimney Fire Coffee have been named as 2023 recipients of the Gold Trade Mark Award by Surrey Hills Enterprises. The coveted Gold Award is bestowed upon those Surrey Hills Enterprises members that have made a significant impact in relation to environmental sustainability, the inspiration they provide to others and their work to connect with the local community and other members.
Surrey Hills Enterprises is a Community Interest Company that works with local businesses to support the rural economy and promote, protect and enhance the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), whilst acting as a local support network for those independent Surrey Hills businesses.
The Gold Trade Mark Awards 2023 were announced at the Surrey Hills Enterprises Annual Celebration last night (18 July) at Leatherhead Leisure Centre, an event that saw local business members gather to network and share ideas, whilst celebrating the huge number and range of outstanding small and independent businesses in the Surrey Hills focused on quality, local provenance and sustainability.
The evening provided an informal and collaborative platform for Surrey Hills businesses to meet, with delicious dishes created from local produce devised especially for the event and served by Surrey Hills Enterprises member and creative corporate and private caterer, Lavender Catering. Sparkling wine from the Surrey Hills were also served, as members chatted, learning more about each other’s businesses and potential opportunities to work together.
Presented by Simon Whalley, Chairman of Surrey Hills Enterprises, Vineyards of the Surrey Hills were chosen as worthy winners of this year’s Gold Trade Mark Award, announced as a highlight of the event, in recognition of the exemplary collaboration between the five vineyards (Greyfriars Vineyard, Chilworth Manor, Albury Organic Vineyard, High Clandon and Denbies Wine Estate), the level of environmental sustainability, support for and connection with the Surrey Hills and the range of experiences and activities offered to members of the public.
Chimney Fire Coffee were awarded the special Gold Trade Mark to honour the high level of environmental sustainability as a core part of their business, including achieving B Corp accreditation, the level of support and collaboration with Surrey Hills members and the range of experiences offered to members of the public from their new location within Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking.
Speaking on behalf of Surrey Hills Enterprises, Simon Whalley congratulated the two winners:
“The Gold Trade Mark Award recognises local quality, environmental excellence and support for the Surrey Hills and other local businesses and it is obvious that this year’s recipients truly exemplify this. We fully congratulate Vineyards of the Surrey Hills and Chimney Fire Coffee on this achievement and wish them every success for the future.”
For more information about membership and the work of Surrey Hills Enterprises, visit: www.surreyhillsenterprises.co.uk.