‘Print and Save’ Campaign Continues at Denny Bros
MD Graham Denny continues green drive with next initiative to minimise theimpact of the business - and client packaging - on the environment
Bury St Edmunds-based print specialist Denny Bros Ltd has announced a number of new green campaigns that confirm its position as one of the most environmentally-friendly businesses in Suffolk . It is working on a dual approach to both minimise its impact on the environment while at the same time helping its customers to reduce the amount of packaging they specify and any associated wastage.
Already listed as one of the Top 100 Green Businesses from the region, Denny Bros has announced a further initiative that will see the company producing 20% of its electricityrequirement from solar energy produced at its Bury St Edmunds manufacturing headquarters.
The family -owned international specialist printing business and creator of Fix-a-Form® multi-page labels has implemented a second phase to follow the installation of its first phase of 200 (50kw) solar panels introduced in 2014. This move, supported by Suffolk County Council’s SABRE scheme, has saved the company over 23 tonnes of C02-equivalent each year.
Just one year later, the company is trebling its solar generation capacity by installing a further 100kw array. Having worked closely with St Edmundsbury Borough Council to develop their innovative “West Suffolk Solar for Business” agreement, this latest installation will be the first under the new scheme. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of June – and generate enough electricity to power 21 homes.
The agreement, the first of its kind in West Suffolk, sees the leading local employer leasing its roof in return for cheap electricity generated by council installed and maintained solar panels.
Cllr Peter Stevens, St Edmundsbury Borough council Cabinet member for operations said,
‘We are delighted to be working with Denny Brothers on the first of what we hope will be many projects with West Suffolk businesses and community groups. We have considerable experience in solar and took the decision to help local organisations by using our skills and funding to allow them to access the same benefits. All you need is a roof.’
Says Denny Bros MD Graham Denny, ‘We are a family business and our name is over the door. Our reputation is very important to us and we want a social conscience to be a key factor in determining how we run our business. We have operated an ISO 14001 compliant environmental management System since 2008 and now have green policies embedded in everything we do. Reducing waste in all its forms is a key objective for us as is driving down our carbon footprint’.
‘Other initiatives we have taken include a substantial reduction in landfill waste achieved by separating waste streams and recycling. Office lighting has been made more energy efficient with the replacement of fluorescent lamps with LED panels which are sensor controlled. Electricity used in physical manufacturing has been reduced too. 10% less is used in the printing, cutting and folding process giving us substantial direct savings.’
Added to this, a thermal imaging survey of the roof revealed the need for Denny Bros to improve the insulation above the office areas which has cut the company’s gas use by over a quarter; and water sensors installed in the bathrooms have reduced the total water consumption of the business by a half.
Also speaking about the latest moves, Denny Bros Quality Manager Julian Colman said: ‘It does indeed feel good to be working in synergy with nature to improve the environmental performance of our business.’
‘The sun is a tremendous resource for generating clean and sustainable energy and the idea of devoting more space to solar panels –on our signature roofspace – is most definitely the right one for us. We will benefit from lower electricity bills and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will generate an income too from the ‘feed in tariff’ paid by the Government.
It’s time every business opted for solar investment. It really is the best initiative available to lessen the carbon footprint of a business. It’s good for Denny Bros and for our customers who respect us for being able to demonstrate our green credentials to them.’
Graham Denny continues, ‘We strive to deliver as many environmental benefits to our clients that we can in the process of helping them to create fresh and interesting packaging ideas. We help customers to minimise the amount of packaging they use and to create products with extra functionality that stand out on shelf.
Our multi-page Fix-a-Form products can concentrate huge amounts of copy in the smallest of spaces including the multiple languages that come as standard in today’s product manufacturing process. New regulations mean that products are now required to feature more customer information than ever. Fix-a-Forms use less material than would be required in traditional carton packaging concepts and the future will see even less waste paper created in the print process too. Our products have always been ‘green’ but now we are proud to say our whole manufacturing process is following a green path too.’
‘We believe it does matter and we will continue to be one of the UK’s packaging companies at the forefront of energy saving and waste reduction.’
Denny Bros has been shortlisted for and won a range of environmental awards in recent years including the Anglian Business Awards, the Bury Free Press business awards and those presented by PrintWeek.
The business is celebrating 70 years of print history (1945-2015) this year.
Alison Baker, Madhouse PR on T: 01284 830321 or firstname.lastname@example.org