Booker Flowers and Gifts based in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, have again scooped the Responsible Business Environment Award 2022 presented as part of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce's Innovation in Business Awards.
Made in recognition of their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their business, the follow up win is a tribute to ongoing work they are doing year to year by examining each area of the business to make continued improvements.
On receiving the award, owner Gemma Wakerley said: “We are delighted to have won this Award for a second year. We have been on a journey since 2015 to work in the most sustainable way possible, taking into account environmental and socio-economic factors. I am pleased to see that environmental awards are now common place in the business community awards agenda. This can only serve to increase what businesses are doing to help preserve the world we all live in. At Booker Flowers and Gifts being eco-friendly, community minded and buying responsibly is part of what we do, and to be recognized for this fills us with pride.”
Since winning the award in 2021 Booker Flowers and Gifts has continued to introduce measures to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact including going paperless and starting to compost green waste.
Asked what other business can do to be greener Gemma said:v“Going green is about making small, easy changes, and building from there. I am delighted that now green issues are on the agenda for government, it is a lot easier to access help and support: This last year I have worked with a Liverpool John Moores University student to help develop a system that has allowed the shop to go paperless whilst also improving productivity and customer service.
The student is now able to take this system to market, so this will not only help us, it will help other florists as well, and we are very happy that we have helped in the development of an entrepreneur. We have more plans to carry on this sustainable path, so watch this space! I would encourage other businesses to make the changes they can for the benefit the environment. These all add up, and SMEs together really can make a big impact”
Pictured: Gemma Wakerley, apprentice florist at Bookers Oli Low and James Wakerley