Humber Renewables Awards 2017 finalists revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Feb 2017

Business Reporter Debbie Hall takes a closer look at the finalists for this year's Humber Renewables Awards.

The strength and diversity of entries in this year's Humber Renewables Awards has confirmed that the region is fulfilling its aspirations to be a global centre for renewable energy, according to the judges.

Less than 24 hours after the deadline passed for nominations, the independent judging panel was in the boardroom of the Hull Daily Mail picking the finalists for the prestigious event.

And a hard task it proved, too, with some very close-run categories ahead of the awards on Thursday, March 9, at The Deep in Hull.

The judges said: "It is evident from the nominations that there is a lot of innovation and a lot of really good investment going on, not only in business but in people, which means a lot of training and upskilling to build the region's case for being the hub of renewable industry."

They also said: "What we are seeing now is companies winning business, locally and internationally.

"It's really good this year to see the skills, new companies setting up and growing and existing companies that have been in the region for a long time adapting and not just seeing the opportunities but seizing them.

"We are definitely fulfilling our aspirations of being a global centre for renewable energy."

The entries covered projects and innovations of all shapes and sizes.

Now, the Mail can reveal the shortlisted entries that will be vying for the trophies at the awards dinner (scroll down for the full list).

The headline sponsor of the awards is Siemens, with each of the categories having its own supporter.

Keynote speaker at the awards dinner is Siemens' Hull blade factory director Jason Speedy.

He said: "I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to bring guests at the awards up to speed with the progress of our operations in Hull.

"Siemens' support for these awards as the headline sponsor also reflects our commitment to become part of the fabric of the city and region and I will be able to explain how we are doing that in a variety of ways.

"Most importantly, we want to encourage and recognise companies and organisations that are championing the cause of renewable energy and helping to make this region a leading hub for innovation in this field.

"The Humber Renewables Awards provide a superb showcase for their great work and encourage others to follow their lead."

Mail editor-in-chief Neil Hodgkinson said: "The finalists for our sixth Renewables Awards show the strength and depth in the industry as it starts to put down roots in the Humber region.

"This really is a source of great economic potential for Hull, the East riding and the Humber region in general. The opening of the new Siemens wind turbine blade factory at Green Port Hull showed what can be achieved here with great collaboration and support between business and local government.

"But it's not just about big business, we also have local companies making their own name in this field. These awards showcase a great variety of companies and enterprise from those big investments right down to community projects.

"Id also like to thank our excellent partners and sponsors who continue to show tremendous support for this industry. They show the caliber of expertise and excellence that will help this region grow."

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Tracey Short at

Full list of finalists

1. Humber Renewables Small Business of the Year (fewer than 50 employees)

Sponsored by Cobus Communications

Finalists: Flixborough Eco Technologies Ltd; McAusland & Turner Ltd; TRG Wind Ltd.

2. Best Renewable Energy Project or Installation in the Humber Area

Sponsored by PureSpeedFinalists: Crown Paints; Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby; Tansterne Biomass Project.

3. Excellence in Renewables Skills and Training

Sponsored by RSMFinalists: Green Port Hull – Pathway to Employment programme; Hull College.

4. Renewables Education

Sponsored by Hull College GroupFinalists: East Riding of Yorkshire Council (Waste Management Team); Greenpower Education Trust; Professional Energy Management Ltd.

5. Green Innovation Award

Sponsored by ABPFinalists: Kristy Blakeborough-Wesson, GWE Biogas Ltd; HRS Energy; Northern Divers (Engineering) Ltd.

6. Humber Renewables Medium/Large Business of the Year (more than 50 employees)

Sponsored by KRL GroupFinalists: ABP; JR Rix & Sons; Wilkin Chapman LLP.

7. Engaging the Community/Community Project

Sponsored by Spencer GroupFinalists: Environmental & Management Solutions Ltd; Grimsby Community Energy Ltd; Women into Manufacturing and Engineering (WiME), Green Port Hull.

8. Rising Star (new category)

Sponsored by ArcoFinalists: Grotech Production Ltd; Marketplace Systems.

Humber Renewables Champion

Sponsored by Siemens

The winner will be announced on the night.

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