On Friday 9th June, we were invited to attend a glittering Thames Valley Venus Awards ceremony in the Madjeski Stadium in Reading, where owner Christine McRitchie was a finalist in the Best Green Business category.

Ikea Reading sponsored the award, the company has a strong interest in sustainability and gender diversity, so an award that celebrated women in business, as well as green business, was perfectly suited to them. During the judging process, Ikea had invited Christine and the other finalists to their store to meet their co-workers, who were all taking part in the difficult decision of who should be chosen as the winner.

Ikea tell us they were very struck by our thorough commitment to sustainability in every area of our business, from our choice to walk or cycle to work, the solar panels installed so that we generate our own energy, and of course the range of reusable nappies and other sustainable and waste saving products that we provide, and chose Christine as the Best Green Business Winner! Christine now goes forward to the National Venus Awards Final in July, to find out whether she will be crowned the overall National Winner in her category!