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YouGen press release

Two East Devon businesses voted into top 50 ethical companies by general public

Posted on 9 April 2013 at 12:06 pm

Renewable energy information and directory business YouGen, located in Sidbury, and Mazzard Farm holiday cottages in Ottery St Mary were among the top 50 ethical SMEs in the PEA-ples Favourite competition. With your votes, they hope to make it into the top ten.  

The award, which is part of the PEA Awards, is for the highest voted for eco/ethical SME that delivers the best environmental practice and products. Rather than being judged by a panel of experts, the organisers are asking the public to vote their favourite eco company into the Top 10!

Cathy Debenham, founder of YouGen said: “Our goal is to help people save energy at home and at work. This may be by stopping the heat escaping, generating their own solar energy or doing things differently. We are really pleased that this work has chimed with enough people that they have taken the time to vote for us. It’s an honour to be in the top 50 among such illustrious company. We hope they will vote again, so we make it to the top 10.”

Ruud Jansen Venneboer, owner of Mazzard Farm holiday cottages, said: "For us, being a sustainable holiday business is all about our relationships with the local economy and community, the way we interact with our guests and jointly trying to do the best for the environment. Seeing this recognised through something like the PEA-ples award gives us a further boost of energy to keep trying to further improve. So needless to say, we hope people vote us into the final 10."

Director of My Green Directory Sue Jueno said: 'We wanted to place the choice for the best ethical company with sustainability and environmental practice at its core in the hands of the general public, rather than a panel of judges'. She added: ‘we were overwhelmed by the diversity of companies that were voted for, giving a true indication of public support of the green sector. With today’s nervousness around lack of transparency from companies in the mainstream market it is even more important to create awareness of the SME's that are dedicated to offering traceable products and services with ethics.'

Voting for the top ten is open until 18 June. To vote for YouGen or Mazzard Farm, visit the award's voting page

For further information please contact:

Cathy Debenham, founder of YouGen, 01395 597879, 

Ruud Jansen Venneboer at Mazzard Farm, 01404 815 492,

Sue Jueno, Director of My Green Directory, 01233 770273, / 

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