A WISBECH firm won the Environment and Sustainability award at the EDP Business Awards.

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Foster Property Maintenance impressed the judges with its strong commitment to sustainability in everything that it does

Its comprehensive approach to sustainability, with active engagement in every possible element of efficiency, environmental protection and social value, was applauded.

And they impressed with their plans for an energy-skills training centre which will go ahead even if the government fails to back the scheme.

A solar PV installation on the roof of its headquarters in Wisbech was further proof that its commitment was both real and visible.

But there is also much more going on behind the scenes, particularly in terms of reducing vehicle fuel consumption, which is responsible for the bulk of their emissions.

John Foster, managing director of Foster Property Maintenance, said: “Improving sustainability has been great for business and it’s certainly something which we intend to keep going in the future.

“Increased sustainability means increased profits and that means we have more to give back into the community.”

The business is also working hard to engage with staff on sustainability and get them fully behind the company’s offering, with measures including lending them energy monitors to take home.

They have started a service for installing renewables for their clients and work to influence clients in making sustainable choices while plans for an energy skills training centre in the community complete the circle.

The other finalists were Windcrop, based in Honingham Thorpe, near Norwich, and Foster Refrigerator, based at King’s Lynn.

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