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WestWon | Net Zero Buckinghamshire Business of the Year

Last Wednesday we were privileged enough to attend the Buckinghamshire Business Awards Ceremony as finalists for TWO awards! The ceremony was held at the dazzling Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, where we were fed, watered (does champagne count?), caricatured, and most importantly bestowed the coveted Net Zero Buckinghamshire Business of the Year Award.

The Buckinghamshire Business Awards is designed to recognise and reward the hard work and triumphs of businesses across the county. There were twelve awards up for grabs for a whole variety of different business accomplishments. So, it was brilliant to celebrate a multitude of different victories from a range of local industries.

We felt lucky enough to be nominated as finalists for the Apprentice and Young Person Employer and Net Zero Buckinghamshire Business of the Year, but to actually win a category, we feel even more honoured. It meant the world to us to be recognised for all our efforts towards prioritising the planet as a company.

As of the start of this year we began pushing our green agenda more than ever. We did this by implementing the WestWon Woodland. For those who aren’t familiar with our green initiative already, the WestWon Woodland is whereby we have a tree planted for every month of a finance agreement made through us.

Our climate focused journey

Our current climate crisis has been at the forefront of many of our minds for the last couple of years now. Therefore, we thought it best to start taking restorative climate action ourselves. We started off by becoming a climate positive workforce last October.

What does it mean to be a climate positive workforce?

Being a climate positive workforce means that all our employee emissions are offset through climate positive projects and tree planting all around the world. This can range from the preservation of rainforests to the generation of renewable energy.

You can view all our climate positive projects on our virtual WestWon Woodland map below. Just look out for the markers colour coded blue!

The WestWon Woodland

We then expanded upon this idea, to launch an environmentally focused project that included our customers too. And from this, the WestWon Woodland was born. Additionally, we make sure to thank our customers each month for making this possible. Therefore, we send each customer a certificate of plantation (made from 100% recycled paper of course!), this outlines the number of trees as well as the carbon that their finance agreement will eventually offset once the trees are full grown.

Not to mention all the small choices and actions that we have made as a company over the past years that all align with our end goal:

  • Installation of LED lighting throughout our offices
  • Paperless office where possible, and all paper that is used is sourced from 100% recycled materials
  • The thickest of carpet and ceiling tiles to reduce our energy consumption
  • Introduction of electric company vehicles
  • Using an outsourced datacentre to house our IT systems in Helsinki powered by solar panels.
  • Recycling bins on all floors of the office
  • No gas use in office building

Our path to Net Zero

Net Zero is a hard target to achieve, but that doesn’t stop us from trying our best to reach it- despite how long it may take. The goal of Net Zero may seem overwhelming to many businesses as it means adding no more carbon emissions to the atmosphere than the amount they are taking out. However, what is important is that a Net Zero strategy is in place. Nearly a third of the UK’s largest businesses pledge to eliminate their contribution to carbon emissions by 2050. But that doesn’t mean that the smaller sized UK businesses can’t get involved too. The pressure is now on for everyone to ‘do their bit’.

As our business and team continues to grow, we will continue to work towards Net Zero. On to a more nearby goal, we are currently on target to achieving our 5-year objective to planting 100,000 trees in the WestWon Woodland and consequently removing 7,500 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere. At time of writing, we have 15, 428 flourishing in the WestWon Woodland, these trees will ultimately remove 521.66 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere once fully grown!

Congratulations fellow contestants!

We would also like to say a huge congratulations to the other winners as well as the finalists! It was wonderful to meet with both new and familiar faces and celebrate each other’s triumphs!

Contact Us

Should you wish to learn more about our green agenda, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Give us a call on 01494 611 456, or send an email to

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