Harrogate print business achieves top environmental status

HARROGATE-based printing firm, Platinum Print, has proved you can go green whilst growing, after gaining national accreditation for their on-going commitment to the environment.

Founded in 1988, the company has invested more than a quarter of a million pounds in new print technology in the last 12 months, and now joins only one per cent of UK businesses that hold the prestigious ISO14001 award, confirming their commitment to reducing their environmental impact.

However reducing their carbon footprint is not a new fad for the company, as Mark Plummer, production director, explains: “We first began our environmental campaign over 10 years ago by reducing our hazardous waste by more than 3,000 litres annually.  We later became FCS (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.  Our aim is to offer carbon balanced production by 2014, so obtaining the ISO140001 seemed like the next logical step to reaching this goal.”

Further to the ISO14001 accreditation, the firm recently purchased a 100 per cent electric Renault van to use for deliveries and transportation, and the company has continued to grow despite such investment in going green and the dire economy.

Recent financial figures from Platinum Print recorded a 15 per cent increase in turnover.

David Wyvill, manager director, said: “With a growing number of firms recognising the need to place the environment high on their business agenda, Platinum (Print) responded to this quickly and has seen an increase of 56 per cent in the number of clients now opting for recycled products in the past 12 months.”

By Richard Wilson.