An Oxford printing company is celebrating today after winning its fourth Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development.
Seacourt is one of 205 organisations across the UK to be recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It is for the fourth time the business has been recognised for its excellence in sustainable development, having previously collected the honour in 2007, 2011 and 2016.
Founded in 1946, Seacourt is one of the most sustainable printing companies in the world. As the highest-scoring B Corp media company, it is also a net-positive business on climate change that uses 100 per cent renewable energy and delivers zero waste to landfill. In terms of pioneering further ways to reduce its impact, Seacourt’s innovative waterless printing technology has saved a significant amount of water and reduced volatile chemical emissions by 98.5 per cent.
In this Q&A blog post, MD of Seacourt, Gareth Dinnage talks about the recent award win.
How did you hear about the awards?
As a family-run entrepreneurial business with a 75-year heritage, we recognise the importance of coveted accolades within the industry and understand that the Queen's Award for Enterprise remains a benchmark in recognising businesses to an outstanding degree.
What the award will mean to your business / Benefits you anticipate seeing from the award?
We are honoured to have once again received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for our outstanding achievements in sustainable development. Winning the highest UK official award for business for the fourth time is an acknowledgement of everything the team here does to make our company the gold standard when it comes to ethical and environmental excellence. We are immensely proud of all we have achieved – Seacourt is proof that companies can act responsibly and prosper. This award cements our ambition to continually strive to do more for society and the planet.
Potential benefits and boost to staff morale?
The Seacourt team is delighted that their continued success, dedication and environmental excellence has been recognised at such a high level. As a champion for sustainability, the close-knit team here at Seacourt are honoured to see their performance greatly measured, with the awards aligning with our beliefs that Seacourt is an ethical company focussed on values and impact first.
Any top tips for future applicants?
For any future applicants considering applying for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development, Seacourt advises businesses to consider mapping out scope 1,2 and 3 carbon impacts to get a more accurate measurement of what the carbon footprint is, and ultimately how to reduce it.
For more information on Seacourt please visit www.seacourt.net.