The Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, Peter Field presented The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2013 to Uckfield company the Pureprint Group.
The ceremony took place at The Griffin Inn, Fletching on Tuesday, September 17. This is the third time the firm has won the award (2003 and 2008.)
Judges told directors the award shows sustainable printing is affordable and the firm promoted sustainable practices within and beyond the industry.
Marketing director Richard Owers said: “Since our first Queen’s Award in 2003 we have increased turnover by nearly 400 per cent and we now employ more than 200 staff.
“The award has been an inspiration for 15 years and has shown that in the best businesses long term development is based on all aspects of sustainable best practice.
“To receive our third award this year is not only a great honour but is further encouragement to us, and hopefully others, to embrace and promote sustainable development.”
The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.
They are made on the advice of the Prime Minister after examination of applications by an Advisory Committee composed of leading individuals from industry, commerce, trade unions and government.
Since winning the award in 2008, Pureprint has continually improved internal environmental management, extended its approach to responsible supply chain management and, through continued service development, encouraged and advised customers on reducing carbon footprints.
It’s also expanded its carbon off-setting scheme, involved staff in management processes through its employee sustainability idea-sharing scheme, and, through investing in staff throughout recession, achieved impressive commercial performances at home and abroad.
It encouraged and, through sharing knowledge, helped suppliers to improve; many having introduced in-house carbon offsetting schemes.