Smart metering pioneer Bglobal has been named Company of the Year award at the Rosenblatt New Energy Awards 2011, which recognises excellence in the renewable and cleantech industries.
The Lancashire-based company, which provides smart metering for energy suppliers and businesses across the UK, has posted substantial increases in turnover and profits in the past financial year. It has installed over 130,000 smart meters to date in its drive to cut energy use.
Bglobal was among an impressive array of winners announced at a packed dinner of sector luminaries in London’s Natural History Museum. The awards are sponsored by solicitors Rosenblatt and organised by Business XL magazine.
Martin McAdam, head of Aquamarine Power, was named Entrepreneur of the Year for his work in building the Edinburgh-based company from five to 50 people and securing £36 million financing since joining the company in August 2008.
The other individual winner of the coveted annual awards was eco-friendly restaurateur Arthur Potts Dawson, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award as the driving force behind the People’s Supermarket, which connects the urban community directly with local farmers and offers good healthy food at reasonable prices.
A distinguished judging panel drawn from industry, finance and the media named RLtec, successful innovator in energy balancing services as New Energy Rising Star, while Sun Edison and Banco Santander jointly carried off the Project of the Year Award for Italy’s Rovigo PV project, the largest single-operating PV solar plant in Europe.
Home energy saver AlertMe‘s latest £15 million fundraising was judged Deal of the Year and the prize for Advisory Firm of the Year went to Easy MCS of Chester on the strength of glowing client testimonials.
Platina Partners, which raised £175 million for its European Renewable Energy Fund, won the Investor of the Year Award, while Build it Green’s raw material-saving insulated panels earned it the title of Developer of the Year.
John Lewis Partnership was named Retailer of the Year for beating its own target of 20 per cent energy efficiency improvement and Novacem, a sustainably-produced cement innovator originating from University College London, carried off the trophy for University Spin-Out of the Year.