Queen's Award success

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We are proud to announce that we have been awarded our second Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development, marking five years of continuous environmental advancement and best in class performance. We have been recognized for outstanding achievements in sustainable product design, supply chain initiatives, waste saving and recycling, people development and corporate social responsibility. This is our company’s fourth Queen’s Award accolade, following previous success in both the Innovation and International Trade categories. 

Manufacturing over 8 million yards of fabric a year and selling to 70 countries worldwide, we are a world leader in fabrics for commercial interiors and public transport, supplying household names such as London Underground, high street banks, and tech firms such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn. We are a pioneer in environmental textiles, innovating a whole range of eco-labeled fabrics made from wool blended with natural fibers such as nettles and hemp grown on UK farms under licence from the Home Office. Our latest fabrics are made from wool, flax and recycled coffee bean sacks which are pulled back to fiber, blended with wool, and woven into a trend setting houndstooth pattern. Innovation in transportation fabrics includes closed loop recycled polyesters, upcycled from our own yarn remnants, as well as lighter weight wool moquettes backed with cotton which is sourced directly from partner mills to ensure best social and environmental practice. 

In 2014 we used over 4,000 tons of raw materials and achieved virtually zero landfill at our largest 210,000 square feet site in Meltham, Huddersfield, at the same time reducing both energy consumption and water usage. We run a progressive modern apprenticeship scheme as part of the Entice Project, which is held up nationally as a model system to recruit, retain and develop the skills and business stars of the future. Moreover, our charity fund-raising arm, known as Camira Hope, includes active support for both the Forget Me Not Children’s charity and Kirkwood Hospice. Further afield, we also supports the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust to protect the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, recognizing the origin of the traceable wool used in its best selling wool fabric. 

CEO Steve Bullas spoke on behalf of our entire 650 strong workforce: “This is the pinnacle of achievement in terms of recognition for our proactive stance putting sustainable development at the very heart of our business model. It not only gives us a unique competitive advantage, but it’s great for our wider stakeholders and the communities in which we work and do business.”