Beccles-based Anglia Print receives Queen’s Award for focus on sustainable development

Anglia Print in Beccles which has been awarded the Queens Award. The
Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Cl

Anglia Print in Beccles which has been awarded the Queens Award. The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, with John Popely, director of Anglia Print and his mother, Terry Popely. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

A north Suffolk printing company which is setting an example in its sector in terms of care for the environment has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Anglia Print, based in Ellough Road, Beccles, was recognised in the Sustainable Development category of this year’s Queen’s Awards which, in line with tradition, were first announced in April to coincide with Her Majesty’s birthday.

Yesterday’s official presentation, including a scroll of appointment and a crystal bowl, was made to Anglia Print director John Popely by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston.

Anglia Print, which was founded in 1978 by Mr Popely’s father, Fred, is one of only 12 printing companies in the UK to hold EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) registration.

Its citaton for the award says: “The company has made pioneering achievements in its sector and is actively addressing all potential sustainability impacts within its inflence.”

It is powered by 100% renewable energy, has invested in waterless printing presses, using non-soya vegetable oil-based inks, eliminating the use of hazardous substances and water from its production process, and operates a zero waste to landfil policy.

The firm is accredited as carbon neutral and sources materials from ethically and environmentally certified sources, with 95% of the paper it uses being Forest Stewardship Council certified or recycled.

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“The company supports individuals, businesses and charities within its local area,” the citation adds. “It helps employees achieve a good work-life balance and provides opportunities for skills and career progression.”

Making the presentation, the Lord Lieutenant said: “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s most prestigious award for business and enterprise.

“Everyone at Anglia Print should be enormously proud of what they have achieved. It has involved a great deal of hard work and dedication, and their support for community projects is also well-known.”

Responding, Mr Popely said: “The people I would like to thank are my family, my staff and particularly my mum and dad. Unfortunately, my father died four years ago and I wish he was here to see this because he would be very proud.”

Also at the ceremony were Mark Bee, chairman of Waveney District Council, and Graham Catchpole, the Mayor of Beccles.