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The Furniture Makers’ Company has announced that furniture manufacturer Godfrey Syrett has been named as winner of the 2016 Sustainability Award.

A representative from Newcastle-based Godfrey Syrett will be presented the award at the Furniture Makers’ Royal Charter Dinner at Skinners’ Hall in London on 25 October.

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.

Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company and one of the judges, said: “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. On behalf of The Furniture Makers’ Company and the judging panel, I would like to congratulate them.”

Michael Donachie, operations director at Godfrey Syrett, said: “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.”

The Sustainability Award recognises improvements in sustainability in relation to manufacturing of furniture and furnishings.