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Industry honoured in Queen’s Awards

A furniture remanufacturer, incinerator company, RDF exporter and a biogas firm have been announced among the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Premier Workplace Services won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development for its Renew Centre, which remanufactures, refurbishes and repairs desks, chairs and other office furniture.

Premier has remanufactured and refurbished more than 10,000 desks, screens and chairs at the centre since 2011. It has also donated more than 15,000 items to charities, schools and social enterprises.

Managing director Jerry Marks said: “We are committed to delivering our services fairly and responsibly, and attaining the best financial, social and environmental outcomes for our clients’ resources. It’s great to be recognised for our achievements and leadership in sustainable development.”

CNG Services won an award for developing biomethane gas-to-grid plants across the UK, including those powered by food waste.

The company has grown its biomethane technology from a pilot in Didcot in 2010 to the first commercial connection at Poundbury, Dorset, in 2012. As of this year it is responsible for a total of 65 projects.

John Baldwin, founder and managing director, said he hoped the award would raise the company’s public profile.

He added: “We’ve got the fastest growing biomethane market in the world with a total of 65 producers now connected to the gas grid.

“By mid-2017, when all the completed projects are at full capacity, there will be around 120 million therms a year going into to grid, equal to the gas consumption of around 240,000 homes. Put another way, that’s around 240,000 tonnes of liquid natural gas that the UK will not have to import from the Middle East.”

UK incinerator manufacturer Inciner8 won two awards, for international trade and innovation.

The company was formed 10 years ago and is now a £5.5m operation, exporting to 172 countries worldwide.

It has developed a container-based incinerator, which converts the energy used in waste disposal into hot water and heat. This has been used widely in conflict zones and refugee camps, working with partners such as the UN.

Vince Ferguson, chairman of Inciner8, said: “This is the second time we’ve picked up a Queen’s Enterprise Award and to win two this year is such a rare honour. We are all delighted to receive recognition both of our business success and the innovative products we are developing to deal with crises in countries around the world.”

RDF exporter Andusia, which received a Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The company boasts a sales growth of £2.6m to £16.9m within three years. In its first year of trading, Andusia exported around 13,000 tonnes of fuel and was the 13th  largest exporter in the UK.

By 2016, Andusia claims to have become the UK’s largest independent exporter.

“We’ve worked extremely hard on building international relationships, being environmentally aware and sustainable – so I guess this is our reward for those first four years,” said Andusia’s director, Steve Burton. “But this is really only the start. After all, who’d have thought that the guys who deal with rubbish would get to meet the Queen.”

Another company in the sector recognised was Vegware for its compostable packaging.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise were established in 1965, and are granted on the reigning monarch’s birthday.

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