A trio of Greater Manchester companies who have all taken action to improve efficiency with GC Business Growth Hub support have received the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
David Luke, a national and international supplier of school uniforms based in Manchester, was one of just 19 entrants nationwide to be recognised in the Sustainable Development category for 2020.
David Luke’s Eco-uniform range of school garments are made from recycled plastic bottles. The range makes up a substantial proportion of the company’s sales and has prevented 34 million plastic bottles from going to landfill to date.
The company has previously been supported by GC Business Growth Hub to identify and implement a number of resource efficiency measures at its Manchester warehouse.
Kathryn Shuttleworth, managing director, said: “Sustainability is part of the DNA of our business so to have our efforts recognised with a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is a pivotal moment in our company’s history.
“We have always been intently focused on the evolution of our Eco-uniform range. In this moment of global pause owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, our vision for sustainable development is being re-imagined and accelerated at a pace we never dreamt would be possible. Now is the time to put into practice measures such as closing the loop on our consumption of uniform and encouraging families to make more conscious decisions about how they purchase uniform as a result of the wider issues surrounding supply. Sustainability and the way in which it impacts our lives has never been more relevant.”
Other 2020 Queen’s Awards winners from Greater Manchester include Duo UK and Alphin Pans.
Duo UK, a plastic packaging manufacturer in Manchester, was recognised with an Innovation award for developing an innovative new mailing bag with an ‘easy release handle’ to increase throughput in fulfilment warehouses.
Alphin Pans, a prevision sheet metal manufacturer based in Delph near Oldham, won an International Trade award in recognition of its 482 per cent increase in overseas sales over the last three years.
In 2009 the firm took the decision to begin manufacturing its own products in the UK. It has worked with resource efficiency advisors at the Hub to implement a range of energy efficiency measures in its factory, saving over £8,500 a year in the process.
Posted under General Interest, Chemicals, Food and Drink, Textiles and Other Manufacturing on 27 May 2020