Ignition, based in Indianapolis and Bristol (UK), awarded
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development
– the UK’s highest official British Business Award
Indianapolis-based exhibition, events and experiential design company Ignition is today celebrating having been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. Ignition is an international, but British-owned, business, founded by Claire Menzies in Bristol in 2007, with an Indianapolis office opening in 2011. It has always been sustainable practice pioneer, thanks to the company founder’s commitment to doing business in a thoughtful, green and responsible way – carving a unique path within an industry once known for excessive, waste-creating ‘build and burn’ attitudes.
‘When it comes to sustainability, we’ve been doing it longer than our clients have been asking us to’ Ignition CEO Sam Rowe commented, ‘meaning we’re very much ahead of the curve and can help our clients to move their own businesses forward sustainably too. This award, which recognizes our long-term dedication to ‘people, planet and profit’, is both a huge honor for us and a great reflection of many years of hard work and dedication to sustainable targets by our teams in both the UK and the US.’
About the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is an awards program for British businesses and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development and represents the highest official UK award that can be given. The awards were first established in 1965; since then over 7000 companies have achieved a Queen’s Award.
Representatives from the winning organisations will attend a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace over the summer. The Lord-Lieutenant of the County, Her Majesty The Queen’s local representative, will present the Award at the company’s offices.
The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive social mobility programs or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable practices. This year 220 UK businesses have been recognized for their contribution to international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility).
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2020 include:
128 awards for international trade
66 awards for innovation
19 awards for sustainable development
7 awards for promoting opportunity
www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise / @TheQueensAwards
Ignition is part of creative business group Istoria Group Ltd and was established to provide design and project management services to the global exhibitions, events and experiences industries. The company works across many sectors, from pharmaceutical, healthcare and beauty to aerospace, construction, engineering and manufacturing, as well as technology, education and FMCG businesses. Clients include Thales, Elvie, Invictus Games, Roche, Amazon, Eli Lilly and Company, The British Society of Rheumatology, Galderma, Pilatus Aircraft, Google, Mayborn Group, LafargeHolcim, Vital Baby, Expleo and University of Gloucestershire.
Sustainability is not Ignition’s core business, but is instead an integrated part of its practice, process and ethics. Ignition’s founding principle is to put people and planet before profit. Part of this mission includes decreasing carbon emissions by 10% year on year. From 2018 to 2019, in a major achievement, the company’s emissions were reduced by 25% – well above target levels. But this is only part of the company’s suite of initiatives in sustainability:
Additional sustainability initiatives:
- A key innovation by the company has been the design of Ignition’s lightweight, modular exhibition kit, which can be re-purposed and reconfigured and is suitable for all venues, varying exhibit booth sizes and interchangeability between client sub-brands. Ignition’s portfolio of sustainable kit supports 100% re-use. On average, a kit’s life expectancy is ten years+, providing clients with an excellent return on investment
- Ignition sources sustainable and environmentally-friendly products and holds an inventory of all reusable/adaptable components. At end of life, all kit is recycled in an environmentally-friendly way
- Ignition is currently producing a 100% recycled material prototype kit, able to be re-purposed and reconfigured, with 100% re-use and life expectancy of six years
- Ignition reduces emissions through synergies of shipping, by shipping exhibit builds together and by using local installation teams
- Ignition is expanding its international office teams to reduce air travel and uses global warehouses store kit to reduce freight emissions
- Ignition uses LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) venues where possible and reviews whether events need to be face-to-face or if virtual meetings might meet objectives, eliminating carbon footprint
- The company’s annual management review plans ways to become more sustainable and continue to reduce emissions. The company encourages staff to attend brainstorming sessions to generate new ideas and ensure buy-in
- The company demands high standards of sustainability from its suppliers and helps them achieve progress on this front
- Ignition regularly passes on lessons in the form of speeches, workshops and media articles to others in its industry to help communicate and instil best practice
- As part of the company’s charitable programmes and carbon off-setting, Ignition sponsors children in Kenya through 3 years of schooling via the Lewa Education Program, giving access to quality teaching and facilities and enabling greater economic opportunities. The programme’s conservation education influences behavior, changes attitudes and helps create a new generation of environmental ambassadors
- Ignition dedicates time to local charities also, setting annual targets of £2,000 for an employee-nominated charity; for 2020, it is Junior Achievement. One paid day out of office per employee is offered in order to engage with a charity of their choosing.
‘As a company working internationally, this award will bring us great prestige and open new doors’ Sam Rowe concluded. ‘Of course, it arrives with us at a testing period for our whole industry because of Coronavirus, but, given that we started the company just before the 2008 financial crisis, we learned to be resilient early on! Taking a long-term view has always been part of our formula and will continue to be the case.’
Previous awards for people management, sustainability – and creativity:
FIND IT TOP 40 2020 (US)
– Annual list honouring the industry’s top exhibit producers in North America
MM&M AWARDS 2019 (US)
– Winner – Best Places to Work, Small Agency
EN ELITE AWARDS 2019 (UK)
– Winner, Best Employer
WORLD EXHIBITION STAND AWARDS 2019
– Gold Winner, Best Stand at a Healthcare Event
BRISTOL LIFE AWARDS 2019 (UK)
– Winner, Creative Category
EN ELITE AWARDS 2018 (UK)
– Winner, Best Eco Supplier
EN ELITE AWARDS 2018 (UK)
– Winner, Best Employer
GREAT PLACE TO WORK AWARDS 2018 (UK)
– Winner, UK’s Best Workplaces
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For further information on Ignition or to request an interview with Mrs Sam Rowe, CEO, please contact Lindie Kramers, Chief Marketing Officer at Istoria Group on firstname.lastname@example.org