We're delighted to announce BusinessGreen was named Business Editorial Team of the Year at the AOP awards last night
A few weeks ago, I stood up in front of nearly 400 green-business executives at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards and urged the sector as a whole to "stop apologising, stop prevaricating, stop downplaying your many achievements" and generally start to celebrate the awesome work that is being done across the green economy.
So, in the interests of consistency if nothing else, I am delighted to report that last night BusinessGreen was awarded business editorial team of the year at the prestigious Association of Online Publishers Awards.
In front of over 800 of our peers from right across the world of online publishing, including many high-profile national titles, we were hailed as "a good old-fashioned B2B success story". The judges praised the way that, as a small team, we had demonstrated an ability to get "great results by building influence and securing exclusives", while also delivering "real value back to the business".
As regular readers will know, we're always aiming to provide the BusinessGreen audience with the news, analysis and opinion they need to help drive the success of the green economy – and we like to think we do a pretty good job (as a journalist, you are the unelected representative of your readers, lucky enough to see what they'd like to see, talk to the people they'd like to talk to, and have the time to try to find out what they'd like to find out – as such, if you're not fairly confident you're doing a good job, then it's time to let someone else do it). But it's great to see this work recognised and celebrated by our peers, including plenty of journalists and publishers I have immense admiration for.
No one wants to read a lengthy, self-satisfied testimonial about our award-winning brilliance, nor a blow-by-blow history of how BusinessGreen has developed over the past few years (it's our fifth birthday in the autumn, at which point I will force the story of BusinessGreen upon you). But I would just very briefly like to say that we're lucky enough to have put together a small team containing some of the most dedicated, astute and downright talented environmental journalists in the UK. We are also lucky enough to have the support, in Incisive Media, of a publisher that understands the importance of investing in good journalism and the huge potential presented by the green economy.
But most of all we are lucky enough to have jobs that we genuinely love - despite the fact we have to write about some deeply challenging and, at times, depressing issues - and the opportunity to serve a hugely engaged and inspiring audience working on the most important political, economic and social revolution of our generation.
We've got big plans for the next few years on how to continue to build BusinessGreen and expand and develop the service we offer the fast-growing green economy (including our Smart Business Summit this October, which you can now sign up to attend). Hopefully you'll stick with us as we strive to improve upon what are now officially award-winning standards.
That's it. Gushing over. Time to get back to work.
PS – While Will, Jess and I wouldn't describe ourselves as particularly rock and roll, the award does now have a very small, but very discernible, dent in it. We're not sure how it happened – if anyone knows, please get in touch!
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