The Ashden Awards uncover and reward sustainable energy pioneers in the UK and across the globe, to date it has given out 170 prizes. Proximity Designs was one of the five international winners in the 2014 awards.
Upon receiving the award, Proximity’s CEO, Jim Taylor, was introduced to Ashden’s sales partner, Whitten & Roy Partnership. Proximity’s field teams have now received sales training from WRP as part of their growth and expansion strategy. This was particularly important to Proximity, as political and economic reforms are increasing the presence of imports and it’s important for the social enterprise to drive strong sales amidst growing competition. Additionally, Proximity will be launching a solar powered irrigation pump later in 2015, and is keen for it not to displace its range of treadle pumps already on the market.
As of January 2015, Proximity Designs has provided over 370,000 products and services, benefitting over 475,000 people. It employs 415 people, and its distribution reaches nearly 80% of Rural Myanmar.