Bee Bold Awards

17 May 2022

What are the awards?

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has launched the region’s first Bee Bold Business Awards to celebrate businesses that taking action to support bees and pollinators

We are working together to increase the number of bees and pollinators in the region and make the West of England the Pollinator Capital of the UK. This will help to tackle the ecological crisis within the region.

41% of pollinator species including bees and butterflies are in decline across the UK. Our Climate and Ecological Strategy Action Plan sets the ambition to increase wildlife by 30% by 2030.

Who can apply?

All businesses, charities, or community organisations currently operating within the region. Applications are welcomed from all sizes of business. 

We will work with award winners to celebrate and promote their pollinator activity across the region.

To reflect the wide range of activity within the region, there will be two categories for the awards: Space for Nature and People for Nature.

Space for Nature Award

Recognising businesses that use their land, buildings or influence to actively create pollinator-friendly places. 

These awards will recognise initiatives that: 

  • Protect, enhance, connect and expand land for nature and pollinators  
  • Use the built environment to support pollinator species 
  • Reduce habitat loss  
  • Support sustainable sourcing, procurement or production 

People for Nature Award

Recognising businesses that engage their employees, customers, communities and partners to actively create pollinator-friendly places. 

These awards will recognise initiatives that: 

  • Bring employees together to work on environmental issues 
  • Support community initiatives 
  • Raise the profilebusiness in supporting pollinators 
  • Involve or engage customers with pollinators 

Key application dates

The awards opened on 11 May and applications close on 9 September 2022. The awards will be assessed by a panel of local people including Metro Mayor Dan Norris. Award winners will be announced during Great Big Green Week (24 Sept – 2 October 2022). 

Award judging will consider the amount of pollinator space created, the number of bees and pollinator species supported, the level of involvement from staff and local communities and inventiveness.