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Local companies win Queen’s Awards for sustainability

A printing solutions manufacturer and a free range egg supplier were among the North West companies recognised for sustainability in the 2018 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

A printing solutions manufacturer and a free range egg supplier were among the North West companies recognised for sustainability in the 2018 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Now in its 52nd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

A total of 230 businesses were recognised at the 2018 awards across four categories: international trade, innovation, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity.

Just eight companies won the sustainable development award, two of which hail from the North West.

Regional winners

Tameside-headquartered printing and technology solutions supplier, Brother UK, won the award for a second time. The company said it had worked hard to “achieve continuous annual reductions in fuel usage, [increase] the use of renewable energy on-site, and send zero waste to landfill for eight years in a row.”

The firm is also a longstanding partner of environmental charity Cool Earth, which works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.  

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company in Cumbria won its first award after being recognised for its excellence in animal welfare and working to environmental principles. 

The company has planted over 157,000 native trees and shrubs on its ranges, while its packing station achieved ‘carbon neutral’ status in 2016.

Previous North West companies that have also won the award include Recycling Lives, a recycling company in Preston, and Redditch-based food services business Oakland International.