Made Smarter – Rochdale manufacturer celebrates green success with workforce and local supporters

Crystal Doors received a Queen’s Award for Sustainability in a special ceremony at its factory attended by the Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester.

Deputy Lieutenant, Ian Sandiford, visited the factory on 24 November to deliver the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development on behalf of the Queen.

Crystal Doors received the award in recognition of its outstanding achievements in championing sustainable business and transforming its factory into a best practice example of green manufacturing.

A series of sustainability interventions over a six-year period include smart autonomous machinery, energy efficient technology, solar panels, electric vehicles and biomass heating fuelled by the factory’s own wood waste.

Also attending the event alongside the workforce were representatives from GC Business Growth Hub and Made Smarter, two regional business support programmes that have been instrumental in helping the company to become one of the nation’s biggest green business success stories.

Ian Sandiford, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, said:

“The Queen’s Award is the most prestigious award given for business performance; they are not easily earned. This year, 17 awards for Sustainable Development were made nationally, and only two in the North West. It is certainly a high standard to live up to.

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Crystal Doors on behalf of Her Majesty for their remarkable achievement. The Lieutenancy is mindful of the environmental problems we’re facing – we are currently planting 15,000 trees in Greater Manchester – so I’ve got nothing but admiration for everything Crystal Doors has achieved.”