H&H Reeds Gains Top Accolade at in-Cumbria Business Awards

18th November 2019

H&H Reeds  became the first ever company to win Cumbria’s Best Ethical Green Business at the in-Cumbria Business Awards 2019. This new award recognises a company that has demonstrated a successful commitment to managing its environmental obligations and takes an ethical stance.

The in-Cumbria Awards were held at Halston Hotel in Carlisle on the 14th November 2019. Broadcaster and author Cathy Newman presented the award to Andy Jackson, Managing Director who was accompanied by fellow Directors Phil Gowling and Simon Rees as well as Joe Meola, Head of Creative.

We commenced the application and judging process in June this year. This involved a stringent examination and review of our company’s policies and practices. The expert judge was Phil Davies who is low carbon development manager at Cumbria Action for Sustainability. Phil works with businesses and communities to develop and deliver projects, ranging from small hydroelectric schemes to energy efficient refurbishments.

Speaking of H&H Reeds, and how they emerged as the final winner Phil said: “H&H Reeds is truly walking the walk when it comes to their environmental obligations, with a huge range of initiatives in place and a passion from its team to deliver on them. H&H Reeds is a role model and shining example of how embracing the green and ethical agenda can have a real impact.”

On accepting the award Andy Jackson said: “This is a fantastic accolade which I am delighted to accept on behalf of everyone here at H&H Reeds. We continue to use the most ethically balanced equipment and practices. Our staff is committed to environmentally friendly processes and often adopt these at home. We work on community projects support schools and local organisations whenever we can. Not only does this award recognise all the work the company has done for many years it also recognises an input and commitment from all our staff and the support of customers who share our values”

The story behind the H&H Reed’s success, and the reason for its award, goes beyond the practices the company follows today, and demonstrates our clear commitment to social and community values.

We were one of the first UK print based companies to adopt Carbon Balanced Printing; H&H Reeds can offer customers a no-cost environmentally neutral product, we are part of the Woodland Trust’s Carbon Capture programme. Through this initiative we have planted more than 260,000 trees, capturing more than 52,287 tonnes of CO2. Other initiatives include energy-efficient lighting, the use of vegetable-based inks and a ‘cycle to work’ scheme for staff.

We recycle over 95 per cent of all waste materials, and by installing recycling bins around the sites, we’ve reduced landfill waste by over 80 per cent. We have ISO14001 Environmental Management Accreditation. We use biodegradable laminate and create our own boxes from offcuts. In fact, there are very few parts of our business where we are unable to commit to sustainable and environmental practices.

We have a long-term commitment to social, as well as environmental responsibility. Combining green and community values has seen staff, not only cycling to work, but teams out in local woodlands planting trees as volunteers, helping conservation with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. We enjoy working closely in our local communities and support charitable organisations such as the Calvert Trust, Mind, RABI, UK Heart Foundation and Macmillan; we also supply local schools with free surplus paper.