Brighton hiSbe shop and fracking campaigner up for ethical awards

Brighton hiSbe shop and fracking campaigner up for ethical awards

Brighton hiSbe shop and fracking campaigner up for ethical awards

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An anti-fracking activist and an ethical supermarket have been nominated for a prestigious national newspaper award.

Vanessa Vine, who was a figurehead of the anti-fracking demonstrations at Balcombe, is up for Campaigner of the Year at The Observer Ethical Awards.

She will be joined at the event on June 11 by Brighton’s hiSbe supermarket, which is up for Retailer of the Year.

The awards which is now in its ninth year is regarded as the biggest of its kind with past winners including Lenny Henry, for his work with Red Nose Day and Joanna Lumley for her various campaigns.

Ruth Anslow, from hiSbe, said she and her sister Amy were “delighted” to be nominated.

She said: “We are very proud and grateful to be in the five finalists for the Observer Ethical Retailer Award.

“Winning the award would mean everything to us and help us to open more hiSbe stores. Thank you to everyone who nominated us for this award and voted us to win.”

HiSbe opened in December last year with the intention of changing the way we shop.

Its focus is on providing a fair deal for both producers and customers and selling local produce which has a minimal impact on the environment.

It is up against Growing Communities, a Hackney organic local farmers’ market, Babi Pur, an ethical baby products producer based in Snowdonia, Riverford, a veg box company which supports small scale family farms and RoCo, an Irish eco-organic salon.

Vanessa Vine, who lives just outside Balcombe, is the founder of the Frack Free Sussex Group.

She was on the frontline of protests against Cuadrilla’s exploratory drilling during the summer of 2013 and has been a public face for the group through TV, newspaper and radio interviews.

She said: “It is very encouraging that two out of five shortlisted in two categories of these high profile awards are for people devoting their time to raising awareness of the unconventional fossil fuel industry. It shows that more and more people are realising the importance of the tireless work being done by every day people to stop our gover ment.”

She is up against Brian May CBE, the former Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner, Carry Somers, the founder of Fashion Revolution, Nicola Peel, an environmentalist and film maker and Anne Power, another key anti-fracking figure.

Other categories include Young Green Champion, Sustainable Fashion, Best in Business and Local Hero.

All the winners will be announced at the ceremony on June 11 at the One Marylebone venue in London.

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8:16am Fri 23 May 14

Nosfaratu says...

Another 'Ludite' gets an award for being a pain in the !!!!!
Another 'Ludite' gets an award for being a pain in the !!!!! Nosfaratu
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8:50am Fri 23 May 14

HJarrs says...

On a day after so many have cast their vote for a negative party that cares little for the environment it is nice to see this little ray of sunlight and that some of those making a long term positive difference are being recognised.
On a day after so many have cast their vote for a negative party that cares little for the environment it is nice to see this little ray of sunlight and that some of those making a long term positive difference are being recognised. HJarrs
  • Score: -3

9:56am Fri 23 May 14

pachallis says...

Best of wishes to hiSbe - I do hope you can make a real financial success out of this business in your niche market. This is the sort of small business that deserves to do well and expand.

Vanessa Vine - new age magician; homeopathic proponent (aka quack); left-wing agitator - I do hope Brian May gets the award instead of this loathsome fractavist.

@HJarrs - looks like your negative comments have done the greens no good at all - looking forward to seeing the MEP results on Sunday evening and whether 'Alex for Europe' starts her career collapse to 'Alex for School teacher'?
Best of wishes to hiSbe - I do hope you can make a real financial success out of this business in your niche market. This is the sort of small business that deserves to do well and expand. Vanessa Vine - new age magician; homeopathic proponent (aka quack); left-wing agitator - I do hope Brian May gets the award instead of this loathsome fractavist. @HJarrs - looks like your negative comments have done the greens no good at all - looking forward to seeing the MEP results on Sunday evening and whether 'Alex for Europe' starts her career collapse to 'Alex for School teacher'? pachallis
  • Score: 9

6:46pm Fri 23 May 14

Mr chock says...

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do you know why the Argus blocked the comment son the rape of sussex girls by ...Christopher Kayla-Joseph, 26, of Elphick Road, Newhaven, Mohammed Kamali, 45, of Harper Road, Newhaven, Khosrow Sobhanieh, 55, of North Lane, Guestling, near Hastings, Stephen Daramola, 47, of Park Lane, Eastbourne, Khalid Del-Rosario, 44, of Upperton Road, Eastbourne and Guiseppe Carella, 18, http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11231836. Six_men_in_court_for _teen_prostitution_c ase/?ref=mr this is the story they have remove the comments area on WHY Six men in court for teen prostitution case Mr chock
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