Entries are now open for the Positive Impact in the Community award, sponsored by RWE, at the EDP Business Awards 2024.

This year’s Positive Impact in the Community award is sponsored by RWE’s Norfolk Offshore Wind Projects, which sponsored the same category last year.

“Last year’s applications were truly inspirational, with people and organisations across Norfolk going above and beyond to better their communities,” said Denise Hone, senior stakeholder manager at RWE.

“It is a privilege to be able to judge this category once again, albeit a challenge picking just one winner amongst so many inspirational organisations!”

This award recognises the increasing importance for businesses to look beyond profit and support their wider community.

Eastern Daily Press: Denise Hone, senior stakeholder manager at RWEDenise Hone, senior stakeholder manager at RWE (Image: Denise Hone)

“We believe it is very important for businesses to support and engage with their local communities, deepening relationships with customers, suppliers, and local residents who may experience your activities/services,” Mrs Hone explained.

“This helps you as a business become a good neighbour in this community, ultimately leading to more opportunities for everyone involved.

“A community growth strategy not only helps the business in question but creates opportunities for locals and other businesses to grow, boosting local economic growth. When this is done in a sustainable way, these benefits extend beyond people but also towards the local environment.”

And what in particular will Mrs Hone be looking for from this year’s Positive Impact in the Community entrants?

“Organisations and/or individuals that are going above and beyond the day-to-day activities of their organisation to help better the lives of those around them, whether it be their staff, customers and/or the communities around these.

“With RWE’s mission of growing green, sustainable initiatives will also catch my eye,” she added.

Entries for the EDP Business Awards 2024 close on Sunday, July 28. For more information, please click here.

For more information about this year's categories, please click here.


Meet the sponsor

RWE is the largest producer of power in the UK and a leading renewable generator, supplying around 15pc of UK electricity with a diverse operational portfolio of onshore wind, offshore wind, hydro, biomass and gas.

Between 2024 and 2030, RWE expects to invest €55 billion in new green technologies and infrastructure to support the energy transition.

RWE directly employs around 2,600 people in the UK, plus many more indirectly.

Here in our county, the Norfolk Offshore Wind Projects – Norfolk Vanguard East and West and Norfolk Boreas – will collectively be one of the world’s largest offshore developments, producing enough power for over 4.5 million homes by the end of the decade.


The Positive Impact in the Community award will recognise businesses that have changed their products or services to benefit a crisis, or are lending their team to assist elsewhere.

The judges will not only be looking at how businesses plan to create a positive impact, but what they are currently doing or have done in the last six months to put this in place.