Golden fuels award for Midas

A SUFFOLK company which has pioneered the use of portable generators powered with environmentally-friendly bio-diesel has achieved recognition at the National Outdoor Event Association's annual convention.

A SUFFOLK company which has pioneered the use of portable generators powered with environmentally-friendly bio-diesel has achieved recognition at the National Outdoor Event Association's annual convention.

Midas Productions, based in at Saracen's House, St Margaret's Green, Ipswich, received the “Green Tribute” award, sponsored by Capita Symonds, for its work in providing low-emission power solutions to the entertainment industry.

Midas was formed in 2000 by Andy Dann, who had many years' experience in power, distribution and lighting, and David Noble, whose background was in production.

A year of research and development saw the purchase and modification of their first generator, followed by trials and tests of blends of bio-diesel - produced from crops such as oilseed rape - of up to 100%.

The resulting design of generator, tailored to meet the standards of the entertainment industry, was launched at the Showman's Show in 2003, since when clients have included such major organisations as the National Trust.

The NOEA is a trade association encompassing all aspects of the world of outdoor events, with a membership of around 400 individuals and organisations including, event and show organisers, venues, local authorities, promoters, universities, entertainers and suppliers of equipment and services.

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Mr Noble said: “To be recognised for such an award by the very people we respect within the industry was both a thrilling and humbling experience.

“This good news reflects the already buoyant start to 2006,” added Mr Dann. “We've noticed a very definite up swing in business with many more clients actively focusing on how to limit the impact on the environment their events have.”