13 October 2008
Infinity Foods, a worker co-operative wholesaler, shop and restaurant in Brighton has won the Brighton and Hove Responsible Business Award and was runner up in the Independent Retailer of the Year Award.
With over 200 entries from 150 businesses this year, the Brighton and Hove Business Awards are designed to raise awareness and celebrate the diversity of businesses trading in Brighton. The award ceremony was held at the Brighton Hilton Metropole hotel.
This was the first time Infinity Foods had entered the awards. The co-operative entered three categories, were shortlisted for two, won one, and came runner up in another.
Scott Muir, a member of Infinity Foods who received the award on their behalf, says: “It is fantastic that Infinity has been recognised by this prestigious city award. As a worker co-operative our values are at the fore of everything we do.”
The Responsible Business Award is intended to recognise a business’s environmental impact through its business practices, programmes and investments, and it’s not surprising that Infinity Foods won.
Not only have they been selling organic wholefoods in Brighton for over 30 years but they have many other social and environmental policies. The majority of staff walk, cycle or use public transport to get to work; the shop is fitted with natural, sustainable materials; the lighting is 85% energy efficient and all their energy is sourced from renewable sources; they support local suppliers and producers and their delivery vehicles run on bio-diesel made from reprocessed used vegetable oil.
Infinity Foods is a member of Co-operativesUK. Find out more about Infinity Foods at www.infinityfoods.co.uk.