Entries to the Power of One category of the 2023 Good Retail Awards have showcased many impressive examples of innovation to benefit retailers, customers and the industry as a whole.
We would like to take the time to say thank you to all who entered. The number of inspirational stories shared by so many in the industry made it a privilege (and a real challenge!) to narrow them down to the final shortlist.
The Power of One Award recognises retailers that have successfully made one small change in their business that has made a significant impact.
Modern Retail is delighted to announce the official shortlist for the Good Retail Awards’ Power of One Award.
The Power of One Award shortlist
The Power of One Award shortlist is as follows:
Bare Kind has built their sustainability and charity initiatives into their business model, having a range of ways that they make sure their business has a positive impact on the planet.
Every year, Bare Kind donates 10% of their gross profits to charity partners. They also give customers the opportunity to vote on causes through their choices of purchase, for example, if they want to support The Orangutans, they can do this by purchasing and wearing Orangutan socks.
Bare Kind’s goal is to continue increasing their positive impact on the planet every year. In 2021, for example, they protected over 1,200 acres of rainforest, planted 13 rugby pitches worth of wildflower seeds for bees and funded the equivalent of releasing 4,400 baby turtles on a beach in Sumatra.
With the ongoing cost of living crisis, Blackburn BID designed their 2022 Blackburn Christmas Lights Switch On with reducing energy consumption at its heart, making sure the popular calendar event went ahead to support town centre businesses, but was as sustainable as possible, without compromising quality.
They commissioned Blackburn-based TecAudio as the supplier of the stage, sound, lighting and videography for the event, tasking them with making the delivery of the event as low energy and sustainable as possible. Instead of incandescent lighting, they switched this for LED lighting which is highly efficient. With their energy saving and sustainability initiatives, the Blackburn Glitterball event’s power consumption equated to around 1875 kWh – a huge saving of 75%!
In addition to the energy savings, visitors to the Blackburn Glitterball Christmas Lights Switch On event were asked to donate tins and toys to help families in need at Christmas. Blackburn BID also supported Secret Santa Ltd which supports great causes, raised awareness of their organisations on BBC radio Lancashire and guest star AJ Odudu also spent a day at Blackburn Foodbank volunteering the day before the successful event.
Montezuma’s Chocolate has worked with charity, Children on The Edge for over 10 years and looked to find a solution to less people carrying change and therefore a reduction in the number of donations.
Montezuma’s worked with microdonation leaders, Pennies, to implement their technology and allow every customer to easily make a microdonation when they buy from a Montezuma’s store or online.
Since working with Pennies, they have successfully raised £38,790 and counting, which has helped children across the world in the most vulnerable places. The money has helped them to build 14 learning centres in Uganda, supporting over 6,500 young refugee children and helping an extra 2,800 children to learn in smaller cluster groups in their communities.
Training all store teams to fully understand the work that Children on the Edge do means they are able to have a conversation with every customer about how their money would help, alongside information instore about the partnership.
Congratulations to all in the Power of One Award Shortlist
We would like to say a huge thank you to all on the Power of One Award shortlist, as well as to those that entered the category.
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