Create Centre wins Gold Fairtrade Business Award

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The Create Centre has won a Gold award at the 2015 Fairtrade Business Awards ceremony held at Bristol’s Watershed on Friday 6 March.

Create is the Council’s flagship green venue (also a Green Tourism Goldstar Award winner) which offers flexible spaces for conferences, training, events and exhibitions; and provides workspace to a cluster of 27 green and ethical businesses.

Café Create, which serves delicious hot and cold food made from fresh locally sourced ingredients, was also awarded a Gold Fairtrade Business Award and the overall Best Fairtrade Café.

The 150 Business leaders who attended thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Sophi Trancell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate and Laura Daniel, Licensing manager at Aardman on their business collaboration on the Shaun the Sheep Fairtrade Easter Egg, demonstrating how incorporating Fairtrade into a business has massive impacts on farmers in developing countries. Many were seen sporting their Shaun the Sheep headbands as they left the event!

Senior Create Officer Michelle Scoplin explains ‘this is our second year winning the Gold award and we are thrilled!  A big thank you to Jenny Foster from Fairtrade South West for arranging an amazing ceremony and bringing together a great networking opportunity’.

For more information about Create Centre contact Michelle Scoplin (Senior Create Officer) 0117 922 4393,

For more information about the Fairtrade Business Awards: Jenny Foster, Bristol and South West Fairtrade Co-ordinator

Create Centre wins Green Tourism Gold Star Award

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Bristol’s flagship environment centre has scooped a top Green Tourism award.

The Create Centre, which is owned and managed by Bristol City Council, has won a Green Tourism Gold Star award in the best conference / events venue category.

Senior Create officer Michelle Scoplin and Create officer Phil Tomlinson received the award on behalf of Bristol City Council at a special ceremony in Manchester on Monday (10 November).

Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, said: “The Create Centre remains a key driving force in the city’s continued and growing reputation as a place where environmental change remains a central focus.

“Winning this award is great news, particularly in the lead up to Bristol 2015 European Green Capital, and I thank the Create Centre team for all of their efforts.

“Harnessing the energy of both people and organisations from across the city is absolutely crucial in maximising the opportunity of our Green Capital year as a platform for promoting the city on the world stage.”

Bristol City Council uses a European Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) to drive environmental improvements across all of its services. Create is part of the corporate EMAS certificate.

Joint work by the EMAS team and Energy Service led to improved environmental performance, including reduced energy/carbon intensity, from 1.24 tonnes of CO2 per tenant in 2010/11 to 0.64 tonnes in 2013/14.

Water consumption in this period also significantly reduced from 9m 3 to 5m3 per tenant.

Assistant Mayor for the Environment, Councillor Gus Hoyt, said: “The Create Centre is an excellent example of what we are doing to make real environmental improvements across all council services. They are indeed a deserving winner of this accolade.

“The statistics speak for themselves – the centre nearly halved its CO2 per tenant between 2010/11 and 2013/14, and this is something to really be proud of.”

The Green Tourism Gold Star award honours businesses and organisations, which have done the most to promote sustainability within the industry. This includes cost-saving practices that help the environment, while improving customer service.

The Gold Star award is only open to organisations which already have the Green Tourism Gold award. This meant the Create Centre saw off competition from a shortlist of top performing businesses.

All of these businesses were assessed for their innovation, cost savings and green ambassadorship during 2013/14.

Welcome to Create

Create is a vibrant environment centre which hosts a range of events and exhibitions and features a purpose-built Ecohome. The centre is a great venue for meetings, seminars and conferences as well as providing flexible workspace to several environmental organisations. Create is owned and managed by Bristol City Council.

Visit Create to explore environmental issues and discover greener choices. Join us for our programme of activities. Create welcomes visits from school parties and other groups, however booking is essential for groups. Contact us to enquire about group visits.

Create is also open for special evening and weekend events during the yearGood Cook Sckool logo

The Good Cook School Café at Create is open Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 3.30 as well as for special events.  Sophie and her team offer tasty lunches and snacks, all made at Create using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  More…

Create is pleased to support Bristol Green Capital - working towards making Bristol a low-carbon city with a high quality of life.

To view Bristol City Council's Environment Policy click here.

As one of the highest scoring businesses to receive a Gold Green Tourism grading in 2013, Create Centre has been shortlisted in The Green Tourism Business Scheme Goldstar awards in the category of Events Venue. The winners will be announced at the Green Tourism Conference to be held on Monday 10th November at the Palace Hotel, Manchester.

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