Anglia Print has won one of the UK’s top environmental awards, beating a range of companies all much bigger than itself, to earn the accolade.
The Beccles company is now recognised by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment as its most Sustainable Organisation for 2019. The award, promoting improvements in sustainability, is given by the leading body for environmental management in the UK and involves some of the most rigorous investigation before being presented. The institute has an international membership amounting to 15,000 members in all.
The judges commented: “The company demonstrated a clear organisational focus on sustainability that was at the core of its business strategy. It recognises the challenge of continuing to achieve year on year improvements. It has continued to innovate, including through an industry first use of printed paper rather than plastic tape in packaging and engaging on sustainability issues at both regional and sectoral levels.”
Anglia Print director John Popely has already led the small business to a number of environmental awards over the company’s 17 years in business. This has included achieving the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development in 2016. He was urged to enter the IEMA awards by a customer, having originally thought that Anglia would be too small to make an impact.
Also on the shortlist were Keltbray Group, Qatar Rail, Skanska UK, John Sisk and Son and WSP, all far larger operations than Anglia Print. The IEMA citation says about Anglia “its framework for monitoring and improving performance gathers data on water use, electricity use, emissions, general waste, specialist waste streams, and ink and substrates purchased. All data is evaluated and performance analysed and used to develop annual improvement targets.”
“We received a call to say that we had been short listed,” Popely says. However, he still felt that the company had little chance and consequently was on holiday when the award was made in the Brewery in central London. “This is the award that we recognise as the bees’ knees of awards, given as it is by procurement experts who looked at every aspect of our business.
Anglia Print is joined in the winners’ enclosure by James Cropper which triumphed in the Circular Economy category. “The entry demonstrated the circular economy at its best,” the judges citation begins. This recognised the paper mill's success in developing a second life to disposable coffee cups, collected by 4,000 collection points handling 60 million spent cups to date.
By Gareth Ward