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Godfrey Syrett scoops green prize

GodfreySyrettCabinet and upholstery manufacturer Godfrey Syrett has been named as the winner of the Furniture Makers’ Company’s Sustainability Award.

Established in 1947, the company makes furniture for the education, accommodation, healthcare and commercial sectors. The company has two factories, an upholstery facility in Killingworth, Newcastle, and a panelling site at Langley Moor, Durham.
The judges were impressed by Godfrey Syrett’s significant investment in manufacturing technology, enabling the business to increase efficiencies, and its customised fleet of delivery vehicles with a focus on meeting stringent European emissions standards. The company has also introduced reusable and 100% recyclable packaging to support its goal of zero waste to landfill in 2016.
‘The goal of the Sustainability Award is to recognise and champion companies determined to leave a fine legacy to future generations. Godfrey Syrett has clearly demonstrated that it takes its commitment to sustainability very seriously, from sourcing raw materials and manufacturing to end of life management and employee training,’ says Ben Burbidge, Furniture Makers’ Company master.
‘We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Furniture Makers’ Company Sustainability Award. We have worked hard on our efforts in this area, making significant investments in our manufacturing and transport facilities over the last 12 months. The award is an excellent piece of external recognition for all our staff, and we are very proud to receive it,’ says Michael Donachie, Godfrey Syrett operations director.
The award recognises improvements in sustainability in relation to manufacturing of furniture and furnishings. It is based on principles provided by the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme. The award considers all aspects of how a business operates – waste and energy management, design process, product improvements, packaging, transportation, procurement, end of life management, client relationships, supplier management, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility. Godfrey Syrett fought off competition from Gaze Burvill, Hypnos Beds, and OMK Design to win the award.
The company will be presented with the award at the Furniture Makers’ Royal Charter Dinner at Skinners’ Hall, London on 25 October.
Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, including Burbidge; Dr Pete Beele, FIRA technical development manager; environmental advisor Alan Marshall; Alun Watkins, PEFC (UK) executive director and Jonny Westbrooke, The Furniture Makers’ Company ceo.