Award and certification boosts for Hub clients

Two of GC Business Growth Hub’s local success stories, Rowlinson Knitwear in Stockport and Crystal Doors in Rochdale, have been recognised with prestigious environmental accolades.

Rowlinson Knitwear, which received a £12,000 grant for LED lighting from GC Business Growth Hub’s Resource Efficiency service, has achieved renowned B Corp certification.

The employee-owned schoolwear supplier is the only company in its sector to achieve the certification, which requires companies to put profit on a par with environmental and social impact through legal articles of association.

National leadership

Not only did Rowlinson Knitwear pass the stringent certification process; it has become the highest-ranked B Corp in the whole of the North of England and Scotland. In the clothing and apparel sector overall, is ranks as 14th worldwide.

Donald Moore, Rownlinson’s chair, commented: “Becoming a Certified B Corp is a truly defining moment in our history. It’s testament to our longstanding focus on responsible practices, and will motivate us to achieve even more positive and enduring change.

“We hope that our commitment to doing business more responsibly will inspire others and help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit.”

The importance of being ethical: In Conversation with Rowlinson Knitwear

Ambitious net zero strategy

Meanwhile, vinyl-wrapped doors manufacturer Crystal Doors has been announced winner of the Energy and Carbon Transition Award at the 2020 IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards.

Crystal Doors has been working closely with GC Business Growth Hub’s Resource Efficiency service to champion sustainability and become completely carbon neutral by 2022.

Explaining Crystal Doors’ win, judges said: “Crystal Doors ensures that employees, suppliers, customers and the local community are all engaged in its ambitious net zero strategy. Strong and committed climate leadership from the managing director cascades through the organisation – driving enhanced efficiency and productivity and investments in new technology. This positive action has achieved impressive results – and great to see from an SME manufacturing organisation.”

Manufacturing with purpose: In Conversation with Crystal Doors




Posted under General Interest, Textiles and Other Manufacturing on 23 September 2020