Green Award For Wetsuit Firm And 150 Year Old Building

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An Essex wetsuit firm celebrates after winnining a major Environmental Award. B2C beat stiff competition after successfully impressing newspaper judges.

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We wanted to develop the building whilst creating the lowest carbon footprint possible

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An Essex company is celebrating after winning a major environmental award.

B2C, Wetsuit Outlet won the Environmental Awareness Award in the medium sized business category organised by a Southend newspaper.

B2C is a wetsuit (and associated water sports equipment) distribution company, which operates an online business and also has stock which can be purchased directly from its premises.

The company said they were delighted to win their category in the Southend Awards.

More than 100 local firms, organisations and individuals lined up for the different company prizes and four personal titles.

B2C impressed judges after proving they had applied environmental considerations to every aspect of its business, including installing low-energy lighting and lighting sensors, liaising with manufacturers to reduce packaging, installing a biomass boiler, running a bike scheme and making the decision to not produce hard copy brochures, thus saving enormous amounts of paper.

Ian Homan said he’s very proud of what the company, which is an expert in drysuits has achieved: “The company, which is based in Shoeburyness purchased its premises as an unused crumbling building, which has been restored using original methods to maintain the authenticity and historical value of the building, while at the same time ensuring only local traders were used on the job.”

“We wanted to expand Wetsuit Outlet and stay within the local area so we could employ local people. This was paramount in our decision to buy the premises which we restored without architects and project managers.”

Every part of the restoration involved local people, using original building practices.

He added: “We wanted to develop the building whilst creating the lowest carbon footprint possible. None of this was cost effective & not unsurprisingly resulted in a considerable financial loss. However, we did it because of our values, with invaluable help from local people.”

The result is not a sterile restored building which looks like new, but a building which stands proud with over 150 years history. It’s rough & rugged character is reflected in its 110 year old graffiti carved into the walls, rings where the cannon were chained down & original metal girders made during the industrial revolution.

It is important to B2C that sustainability is considered right through the business, from the operation of the building and staff awareness, to the delivery and distribution of the
products themselves.

Judges said B2C demonstrated it had really gone the extra mile to ensure the business has the minimum possible impact on the environment, and that all of its staff are fully aware of their environmental obligations.

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