Simpsons Ready Foods, Trafford - SME (Food & Drink, Manufacturing)

Simpson Ready Foods, a family-run food manufacturer in Urmston, Trafford, is saving £19,400 a year after receiving ENWORKS support with improving its resource efficiency.

The business supplies a range of packaged food products to the grocery sector, from its factory on Stretford Road. It has been supported by an adviser from ENWORKS delivery partner,Groundwork Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside & Trafford.

Simpson Ready Foods has saved 81 tonnes of CO2e per year, which is equivalent to the emissions that would be released by driving a small, petrol car from Trafford to London, more than 1,420 times over the course of a year.

Energy and fuel

The company’s production facilities require large amounts of electricity. To  tackle this, ENWORKS recommended replacing the old lighting with a range of new, fluorescent lamps.

The purchase costs were £15,500 but the replacements were made gradually and the project paid back in just over a year, by generating annually recurring savings of £14,400.

The savings will now continue to accrue, year-on-year, and more than 73 tonnes of CO2e have been saved annually, in the process.

Diesel is another expensive resource for the company, but ENWORKS has helped to reduce the delivery fleet’s costs and emissions by introducing fuel efficiency training for all drivers.

A regular tyre pressure maintenance schedule has also been implemented, and standard tyre pressures have been reduced slightly, to further reduce fuel consumption.

Together, these fuel efficiency measures have saved more than £4,320 a year and almost eight tonnes of CO2e.

Waste management

The rising costs of waste collection and disposal have also been addressed and following ENWORKS’ recommendations, 25 tonnes of waste have been saved from landfill each year.

Annual cost savings of £1,000 have been achieved by segregating out different types of waste prior to collection, baling cardboard packaging, compacting other bulky waste, and increasing overall recycling rates.

New projects

Work is now underway to investigate the opportunity for fitting occupancy sensors in the warehouse and general stores areas. These would help to ensure that lighting is only switched on when needed.

The project could save Simpson Ready Foods a further £1,700 a year, at a cost of just £500.


Case study published on 2 May 2012