2010 Attwood Awards
After local historian Patrick Baird had given an interesting account of Attwood’s life and work, Jon Morris, Matthew Rhodes and Keith Budden, who jointly developed and promoted the innovative Birmingham Energy Savers scheme within Be Birmingham and the council right through to delivery, each received an Attwood Award on November 4th from the Lord Mayor, Len Gregory at a civic reception at the Council House.
Jon is a consultant with the Localise West Midlands thinktank, Keith is Birmingham Council’s Environmental Partnership Manager, and Matthew is the Managing Director, of Encraft Ltd, an independent energy consultancy.
The 2010 Attwood Award was presented in recognition of their joint work on the scheme in the tradition of Thomas Attwood, Birmingham’s first MP, who promoted measures to boost the local economy, increasing employment, social harmony and prosperity.
The Birmingham Energy Savers scheme, now being delivered by the City Council, installs solar electricity generating panels and full insulation in homes. Those on low incomes do not pay for this and welcome the greater comfort and lower electricity bills.
Industrialist Kirsty Davies-Chinnock spoke about the project’s potential which has already generated widespread interest with speakers from Birmingham in demand across the UK for other local authorities and organisations interested in adapting the idea in their area. It was designed by Jon Morris and Matthew Rhodes to maximise the use of small scale local businesses in the installation and advice parts of the project, so creating local jobs and supply chains – which would have doubtless pleased Thomas Attwood.
The event was facilitated by Alderman Matthew Redmond of the Thomas Attwood Appreciation Society, who said: “As with Birmingham’s growth in the industrial revolution, our future green economy can be built on local enterprise. Schemes like this give us the mechanisms to do that.”
Amongst the guests were Sylvia and Angela Shaw, members of the Attwood family and Angela’s son Thomas, named after the great man.