After great success being named finalists at the Groundwork Community Award in 2018, BSc(Hons) Business & Entrepreneurship graduates Harry Deacon and John Lakey have been shortlisted for an award at this year's Cornwall Business Awards.
The duo are up for the Circular Economy Award for their TeX project, which aims to create sustainable communities in Cornwall.
Harry explained: “TeX helps to create sustainable communities by recycling, reusing and re-purposing new and used textiles. Mainly working with industry waste and creating a circular economy model we can bring benefit in four main areas to Cornish communities; education, employment, environment and engagement.
“We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this award; helping us gain recognition for the work we are doing with local textile businesses in helping them take a more circular approach, reducing their consumption of resources and increasing their environmental responsibility. Being recognised by the Cornwall business community in this capacity is great and we are excited to meet the other nominees at the award ceremony to see if we can work together and create a bigger positive impact on the environment.”
Harry and John founded Cultivate Cornwall CIC in February 2016 whilst studying at Falmouth with the intention of strengthening the community, increasing employable skills and increased mobility opportunities. TeX is just one of the projects they are working on.