Queen's Award for Enterprise 2012: Sustainable Development
Greenham Common Trust was conferred with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2012, the first charity ever to win the prestigious business award three times.
Having previously won the coveted accolade in 2008 and in 2003 when Greenham Business Park was the first commercial property development ever to receive the commendation, the Trust was once again recognised for its continued regeneration of RAF Greenham Common airbase into a sustainable business park.
Since its creation in 1997, the Trust has transformed 150-acres of the former nuclear airbase into a mixed-use business campus with 150 businesses employing around 1,500 people. Greenham Business Park, and the Trust’s other assets, which include a centre for counselling and voluntary organisations called Broadway House in Newbury and The Innovation Centre, fully serviced office and conference space for fledgling entrepreneurs, now produce an annual income of around £3 million a year that is distributed to local good causes and social projects through charitable awards. It was this sustainable investment which has enabled the restoration of 750-acres of Greenham Common into some of the most important wildlife and conservation areas in the UK.
Sir Peter Michael, Chairman and co-founder of the Greenham Common Trust, said:
“To be the first charity to have received The Queen’s Award for a third time is not only an incredible honour but an acknowledgment of the Trust’s innovative and radical approach to sustainable development.
“Fifteen years ago we formed a charitable trust with the philanthropic vision of regenerating and transforming a redundant nuclear airbase. We wanted to safeguard Greenham Common from piecemeal development and create a sustainable commercial venture which would not only boost the local economy but create a self-sufficient charitable income, benefiting the lives of thousands of local residents.
Since 1997 the Trust has distributed over £16m to support over 700 local good causes, supporting hundreds of social, educational, environmental and artistic projects. We believe we have achieved a transformational blue print for sustainable brownfield regeneration at Greenham Business Park which we hope others can learn from.”
Stuart Tagg, the Trust’s Chief Executive in 2012, added: “The long-term vision for Greenham Business Park has always been to produce a commercial development capable of producing a secure, sustainable income that would support the local voluntary sector and charitable and environmental projects. The management of the Trust’s investment has enabled millions of pounds to be channelled into the community through its focus on economic development, social projects and ecological balance.”
It is this focus on innovation that has led the Trust into its latest exciting venture – www.findmeagrant.org – simple and efficient online grant application system which matches grant givers to local fundraisers, administers public donations (adding Trust matched funding and Gift Aid where applicable) and all free of charge. So far www.findmeagrant.org has raised well in excess of £7m for local organisations.