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Anglian Water was revealed as a Future Champion at the National Business Awards ceremony held in London this week.

The water company was shortlisted for the Sustainable Business of the Year category and although they were pipped to the award – by London Bio Packaging, which was heavily involved in the Olympics – the judges felt Anglian Water came close to winning and deserved to be recognised as a Future Champion.  

Judges were looking for organisations that have embedded sustainability principles and practices into their business and are reaping the benefits of improved commercial performance. The panel has tipped Anglian Water for future success because they have already demonstrated strong foundations for sustainable growth through its Love Every Drop strategy.  

Andy Brown, Head of Sustainability for Anglian Water, said: “We’d have loved to win this award outright, but it’s fabulous to be recognised as a Future Champion at such a prestigious national level.  

“We’re a company with a defined region but through our Love Every Drop strategy we’re changing the way our industry, customers and businesses – big and small – think about water. We know Anglian Water has a vital role to play in building a sustainable future and in inspiring others to do the same. Being recognised on a national level is testament that our approach to long term sustainability is working.  

“A growing population and climate change are huge challenges which can only be overcome by changing the way everyone uses and thinks about water. Leading a new, more sustainable way of living is what we’ve set out to do through Love Every Drop – it’s what we believe a responsible 21st Century business must do.”  

The National Business Awards, now in its 12th year, was opened by a video address from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who acknowledged the National Business Awards for recognising excellence in enterprise and honouring some of Britain’s biggest business success stories. He told the audience: “A strong private sector is exactly what Britain needs to get back on its feet. I’m determined that Britain becomes the best place in the world to start a business, to grow a business and to do business.”