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VMI wins ‘Hero Of Net Zero’ Award at COP26 Summit

Nov 4, 2021

  • VMI.TV, Bristol and London-based camera rental company, crowned Hero of Net Zero at COP26 awards ceremony
  • Small business celebrated for original and creative actions taken to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions 
  • The company urges other businesses to commit to net zero at UK Climate Hub 

Camera rental company VMI.TV will be crowned winners of the Heroes of Net Zero competition today at a special awards ceremony hosted by Intuit at the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow. 

More than 160 businesses entered the competition, making a commitment at the UK Business Climate Hub to achieve net zero by 2050, in line with the Government’s own climate commitment. 

The rental firm, based in Acton, London and St George, Bristol won in the small business category by demonstrating a range of measures taken on their journey to net zero, including installing solar panels and insulation, purchasing electric vans and recycling and reusing, sending no waste to landfill in 15 months. 

They won an exclusive prize package worth over £4,500 from competition partners BT, NatWest and SSE.


Barry Bassett, managing director, VMI.TV said: 

“We are incredibly flattered and really pleased that our efforts are being recognised, as this will spread the word more widely about the benefits of companies making decarbonising efforts.

“I was inspired and energised from attending a seven-week sustainability course and persuaded the Managers and Directors at VMI.TV to buy-in to a net-zero plan, after which we signed up to the SME Climate Commitment.”

VMI.TV won over the competition judges for taking responsibility for their sectors environmental impact, spreading the sustainability message as founding members of the Bectu’s-Film-For-Future group.

The business rents cameras to the UK TV industry supporting projects like ITV’s Midsomer Murders, BBC’s Blue Planet 3 series and Netflix’s The Surgeon’s Cut. 

The panel of expert judges included the government’s Net Zero business champion Andrew Griffith. He is today due to present VMI.TV and other Heroes of Net Zero finalists with awards and celebrate their green achievements at COP26 at the Scottish Event Campus. The event will be live streamed from 11.45am on the UK government’s YouTube channel.  

The Heroes of Net Zero competition is part of the government’s Together for Our Planet campaign, run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  

UK Net Zero business champion, Andrew Griffith said: 

“I am delighted to be celebrating The Heroes of Net Zero today at our special COP26 event. Representing a diverse range of industries and locations, the finalists spotlight the actions that UK businesses of any size can take to cut their own emissions and help us build back better.” 

Chris Leahy, global corporate affairs leader at Intuit QuickBooks said: 

“UK small businesses will continue to play a critical role in building a more climate-positive future and we are proud to have sponsored these awards to showcase the winners’ great achievements.  We will continue to work closely with SMEs, to support them as they commit to carbon reduction through our partnership with Together for Our Planet.”

Gabrielle Ginér, head of environmental sustainability at BT said: 

“I am very pleased to see that so many small businesses have signed up to net zero targets. The winners showcased innovative and inspiring ways of reducing their impact on the climate and environment. I hope they will serve as exemplars for many more small businesses to take climate action.”  

Nikki Flanders, managing director of energy customer solutions at SSE said:

“The Heroes of Net Zero competition has been a great opportunity to celebrate success and inspire businesses across the UK to take action. We’re excited to work with winners Design Abled and VMI.TV, helping them to further accelerate their journeys to net zero with our Energy Manager consultancy.”

James Close, head of climate at NatWest Group said: 

“It is inspiring to see small and medium size enterprises doing so much to commit to a net zero future. Not only is it good for their businesses, it’s also good for their customers and the planet and sets a great example to others.” 

Heroes of Net Zero competition 

Full competition details are available at: 

Heroes of Net Zero finalists 

Micro business finalists included Cornish designers and manufacturers of Unmanned Surface Vessels, Unmanned Survey Design; Devonshire premium organic brewery, Barnaby’s Brewhouse; Welsh Sustainable Lifestyle Brand, Onesta; Northamptonshire micro dairy, Ganders Goat; London-based PPE Company, Design Abled.

Small business finalists included plant-based restaurant chain in Cambridge and London, Stem & Glory; Scottish period poverty social enterprise, Hey Girls; carbon neutral holiday business in the Lake District, Quiet Site; Wiltshire-based AI and robotics regenerative farming business, Small Robot Company; Bristol and London-based camera rental company, VMI.TV.  

More details on each finalist can be found at:

The Heroes of Net Zero competition winners will receive a prize package, worth £4,500 – 

  • 21 hours consultancy with an Energy Manager and one-year free access to ‘Business Energy Intelligence’ energy management platform, worth £3,500, from SSE 
  • Six hours of bespoke mentoring with a NatWest Enterprise Manager from its Climate Accelerator programme, helping winning businesses gain climate friendly skills in accessing new markets to attracting talent, and  
  • Up to £1,000 in vouchers to access a brand-new digital advertising support package from BT to grow your business 



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