In the National Start-up Awards series, Sheffield-based Start-Up District Eating Limited was presented with the Best Green Start-up award for North East England, Yorkshire, and the Humber. This award highlights the achievements of start-up businesses across the UK and acknowledges the talent, drive and ambition it takes to found a business. District Eating was chosen as the winner by a panel of judges who have all taken the same risk in founding and growing their own businesses. This was the first year of the start-up awards throughout the UK after its success previously in Wales. These awards began through a collaboration of founders from The Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
This award highlights District Eating’s efforts to make a difference in the way people consume food in the UK. With unpredictable weather patterns, rising energy prices, and excessive imports, District Eating is helping to provide a solution that combats these challenges. District Eating study and model the use of waste heat, CO2, and renewable energy to power horticulture projects. This consultancy work helps to create low-carbon ways of growing food and flowers year-round. District Eating’s solution allows growers to produce local, low-carbon food in the UK and reduce reliance on unpredictable energy prices from fossil fuel companies.
“I always hoped the concept behind District Eating would grow and prove viable, and thanks to the dedication of our team here and support from clients, associates, and friends, we are making low-carbon greenhouses come to life. Many thanks to the National Start-Up Awards for believing in us and our mission. It is wonderful to be recognized with this award,” Faye Tomson, Founder, and Director, District Eating.
Since 2019, when the business began, District Eating has won three InnovateUk projects, mapped sources of waste heat across the UK, and made various international connections (some of which were through a funded trip to Singapore!). District Eating has spoken at several events about low-carbon food production with the aim of inspiring others and sharing knowledge of the struggles that the food industry is already facing. As a predominantly female team and with a female founder, District Eating also actively shows support for other women in STEM and business.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, founder of the National Start-up Awards, said, “I am delighted that District Eating was selected as the best green start-up for North East England, Yorkshire, and the Humber. As we have seen in the last few months, food security and sustainability are both key to the future of the UK economy, and this amazing new business is going to make an incredible contribution to this agenda now and in the future. I look forward to seeing the business go from strength to strength over the next few years.”