Last few days to enter the 2019 Humber Renewables Awards
Wind turbine blades made at the Siemens Gamesa factory in Hull
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 May 2019
There are just days left to enter the prestigious 2019 Humber Renewables Awards, as the region's top green businesses vie for honours.
Supporting thousands of jobs and attracting major investment, it is no surprise the Humber’s renewables sector has attracted envious glances from across the globe.
When Siemens Gamesa and ABP first announced plans to invest more than £300m in the development of an offshore wind facility in Hull, few could have imagined the wheels – or in this case blades – that would be set in motion.
Five years on from that landmark, the region’s renewables sector continues to make headlines on a daily basis.
The Humber Renewables Awards is back for an eighth year, and will recognise success across nine categories.
With awards up for grabs for educators, builders and innovators, the competition promises to reward the best of the best in the region.
The event is again being headline sponsored by Siemens Gamesa.
Entries for the 2019 Humber Renewables close on Friday, May 10.
Here's a reminder of all the categories, and how to enter.
1) Humber Renewables Small Business of the Year (under 50 employees)
McAusland Turner won Small Business of the Year at the 2018 Humber Renewables Awards (Richard Addison)
This category is open to firms with up to 50 staff and will recognise those which have spotted an opportunity in the renewables market.
The winner will be able to demonstrate fast growth, a healthy profit and a solid plan for the future.
It could be a company set up solely to work in green energy or a traditional business which has branched out. One of the reasons Siemens decided to invest in Hull was the great green infrastructure the Humber already has.
From small-scale manufacturing to maintenance of turbines or services, there are so many ways to take advantage of the energy revolution.
2) Best Renewable Energy Project or Installation in the Humber Area
Category sponsor: XceCo
Orsted's Race Bank won this category last year (Richard Addison)
This prize is for the designers and manufacturers behind the best green energy installations. Judges will be looking for a winning project that produces clean power, is built to the highest of standards and shows off the region’s world-class expertise.
The category is open to schemes of any scale, from multi-million pound developments to micro-generation programmes.
It could be won by a firm focused on renewables or a company, public sector organisation or educational establishment which has done its bit to reduce our carbon footprint.
Schools, colleges or stately homes with the latest green heating and energy technology are welcome to apply.
3) Excellence in Renewable Skills and Training
Modal Training collecting its award in 2018 (Richard Addison)
Multi-national green energy companies may have their eyes on the region but success in bringing them here means nothing if they cannot find qualified East Yorkshire employees.
Getting the training right for any potential workforce is vital and this award will celebrate those organisations which have done most to create a much-needed skills base.
The category is open to employers, specialist centres and education providers. They must have established a training programme, apprenticeship scheme, degree or other activity which is meeting the needs of individuals and the industry.
4) Renewables Education
Category sponsor: Hull College
Sarah Pashley and Nikki Feetham of Ron Dearing UTC, the 2018 winner (Richard Addison)
This category will reward the educators who have done most to promote the value of clean power.
It could be as part of an energy qualification or learning programme run by a university of college, or a one-off project at a primary or secondary school.
Nominations will be able to demonstrate what the aims of the education project were, how they were achieved and any feedback from students.
Submissions may also include details of whether, and how, the project was supported by representatives of the renewables industry.
5) Green Innovation
2018 winner MyEnergi's Robin Richard, Mike Hodgson, Jordan Brompton, Lee Sutton, Courtney Lamb. (Richard Addison)
Green energy’s ability to compete with fossil fuels has been brought about by bringing down costs – and that is where this award comes in.
It will reward firms of any size which go out of their way to be more efficient and are not afraid to come up with unusual approaches.
Judges will be looking to see how innovation has made a real difference to their work. That could be developing a different business model, refining existing technology to make it leaner and more effective or coming up with a brand new way of generating power.
This award is not just open to energy firms, though. Companies which recycle oil or waste are also welcome to apply, as are businesses in other sectors which have thought up inventive methods of reducing their carbon footprint.
6) Humber Renewables Medium/ Large Business of the Year (over 50 employees)
Singleton Birch won Large Business of the Year (Richard Addison)
Running a major company is tough in any field but an emerging sector like renewable energy is even harder than most.
Business have to be instantly adaptable, on top of the latest technology and ready to make the most of opportunities offered by the Government’s green agenda. This award’s winner will be a regional firm with at least 50 employees and bold ambitions to become even bigger.
It could be looking to capitalise on investment through opportunities on land or at sea, or working in a totally different field.
Successful large and medium companies are vital for providing the infrastructure needed. Judges will be looking at past financial performance and recruitment in the past year.
7) Engaging the Community / Community project
Category sponsor: Spencer Group
Karen Shepherd and Ian Rook from HOTA receiving their award (Richard Addison)
This category will recognise a renewable energy project that has the community at its heart.
This could either be through raising public awareness of renewable energy needs or involving a local community in a renewables industry project.
Or this could be a renewables project driven by a local community or organisation. This could range from solar panels on a community hall or industrial space taken over with a renewable installation.
8) Women in Manufacturing and Engineering
ABP's Sarah West (left) collecting her award (Richard Addison)
This award aims to recognise and celebrate professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business-as-usual.
This may be someone who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership, have contributed significantly to the expansion and improvement of the power sector or it could be a young role model who is destined to shape the future of renewable energy.
Alternatively, the entry could be a project or team working to the improvement of the renewables sector.
9) Humber Renewables Champion
Category sponsor: Siemens Gamesa
Spencer Group was named as Humber Renewables Champion in 2018 (Richard Addison)
The winner of this award will have a passionate focus on promoting the renewables industry. It could be an individual, public sector body or company – the key is a real focus on making the Humber the energy estuary.
They will have tirelessly campaigned to promote green power. A worthy winner would be anyone who has helped attract new investment, encouraged the Government to support the region’s ambitions or paved the way for more jobs.
With so many big energy firms based abroad, it could also be an organisation or person who has done their bit to ensure our reputation stretches beyond the UK’s shores.
Judges will be looking for candidates whose aim was not just to further their own business but create opportunities for everyone. This is a special award, and no nominations will be accepted. Judges will pick a winner they feel is most deserving.
How to enter
To enter the 2019 Humber Renewables Awards, click here.
Nominations close on Friday, May 10, 2019.
If you have any queries about the entry process, please email Jane Smallwood at email@example.com.