The 2012 Community OIL Buying Awards
Last year was an incredible year for Community Buying Groups in general and OIL buying groups in particular. In recognition of the amazing lengths many went to across the entire process from order to delivery, CBL is delighted to announce the winners of the 2012 Community OIL Buying Awards. These individuals, suppliers and organisations went the extra mile and certainly thought way outside the box to help make Community OIL Buying an even bigger social and environmental success – protecting many vulnerable OIL users across the UK.
The award winners for 2012 are:
Customer service legend: Kim Dowson, Pace Fuelcare
Supplier of the Year: Moorland Fuels
Members’ favourite delivery driver: Seamus Cunniffe, Pace Fuelcare
Exceptional delivery award: Sweet Fuels
Fair price award: David Grannum, Isle of Wight Fuels
CBL member of the year: Anthony Shepherd, Oxon
Local group coordinator of the year: Derek Smith, Shropshire RCC
Industry expert award: Keith Guppy
Innovation in OIL tank security: James Lodge
Greatest social impact: Kate Clemmow, Cottsway Housing Association
Greatest environmental impact: OxTreeGen
Special mentions: Semmens OIL for fair prices in December; Craig Barnley of Butler Fuels for just getting it; Shaun Galvin of Butler Fuels for doing everything he could on our members’ behalf to wrestle with his organisation as it made the transfer to the dark side; BD Fuels for taking the time to understand the point of where this is all going; Christine Bartle for successfully administering the UK’s largest single community based OIL buying group; Bethan Keirl for building an exemplary community buying group for OIL across the three villages local to her and Lionel Cooper for bringing together his unique community with real inspiration.
Overall winner for Visionary of 2012: Linda Watson – Chief Executive – Oxfordshire Rural Community Council. For having the belief to roll out the community based scheme we built together from one to 22 counties, resulting in over 8000 individual orders between January and November in 2012, with a total number of litres delivered of over 7 million, and with it the inclusion of hundreds of vulnerable OIL buyers and the reduction of many tonnes of delivery carbon emissions via coordinated delivery schedules.
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone that we have not been able to mention for every part you played in making 2012 such a success. What you have all done has made an outstanding contribution to so many communities across the UK – and yet our work has only just begun. You will all be invited to receive your awards and play your part in an upcoming “Fair Energy” event we are planning for February, where we look forward to announcing additional award categories for 2013.