We were very honoured this month to find out that we won the South West Rural enterprise category in the Countryside Alliance Awards, known as the Rural Oscars. Our award means that we now attend a ceremony at the House of Lords, hosted by the environment secretary, the Rt Hon Michael Gove, where we will discover if weâ€™ve beaten off tough competition to be named the overall winner in the Category. It's really exciting for us as a company to receive such high profile recognition for our work at Green&Blue and we can't wait to visit the House of Lords and have the opportunity to talk about Bee Brick with such high profile policy leaders. Whilst we don't agree with all campaigns run by the Countryside Alliance, we recognise, and celebrate, that they do a lot of work to support rural communities and businesses working within these communities and are therefore delighted to accept our regional award and keep everything crossed for the national finals!
We've taken a moment this month to stop and think about everything we've achieved this year, one year on from being awarded the Soil Association Innovation award for our bee brick. We've been through a rebrand including complete new packaging and not one but two new websites, you can pop over and see our commercial website aimed at builders, architects and ecologists here. We've also been handpicked as Green heroes by Kevin McCloud and exhibited the range at Grand Designs Live. We've picked up new trade customers across the UK and from Sweden, Switzerland and Germany too. We've developed unique blue bee bricks for our brand new storefront on Not on the high street, we've supplied bee bricks to the RSPB for a new visitor centre in the South West and to an ecologist for a new Ikea development in Berkshire, we've made good friends with wonderful organisations like Buglife and met Wayne Hemingway, who was a big fan. Our range has been featured in the Guardian, Grand Designs and Gardeners World, amongst others, we've been shortlisted for three prestigious design awards and we're gearing up for a very busy Christmas. All in all it's been quite a year and we're almost ready for a sit down and a glass of something! It's exciting to think where we might be this time next year and we can't wait to keep you posted!