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Round-up | NEWS


Lakes steps up to Carbon Neutral Plus status


SHOWERING PRODUCTS speci- alist Lakes has been awarded Carbon Neutral Plus status as a result of its commitment to reducing its environmental impact. Lakes was awarded the internationally recognised Carbon Footprint Standard in March 2019 by Carbon Footprint Ltd.


This latest development takes it


beyond the Carbon Neutral standard and recognises its efforts to reduce carbon emissions even further by offsetting more CO2


emissions in 2019


than its UK operations generated. Lakes offset more than half of its CO2


emissions in 2019 by means of tree-planting schemes in Kenya and the UK, including 200 trees at a local school in Gloucester. The company also supported projects to protect the Amazon rainforest, supply water purifiers to Cambodia and clean drinking water in Uganda by improving boreholes. In its factory, Lakes introduced 100% recyclable packaging, enabling it to prevent 2,000km of banding and nearly two million pieces of polystyrene a year from going to landfill. Lakes is also committed to recycle all of its product waste – mainly glass and aluminium – and has saved 298 trees from being turned into paper and cardboard through recycling 76% of its waste in the year to date. Commenting on the company’s achievement, Lakes operations director Mick Evans (pictured) said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be certified as Carbon Neutral Plus. The sustainability of our business has been a significant focus over the past 18 months and one that we will remain strongly committed to. “We’ve introduced big changes in our packaging and processes to reduce


waste, and invested in projects, which improve the environment in the UK and further afield.


“There is no planet B, and we all have to go above and beyond to make a difference and lessen the environmental impact we make, while still delivering the high quality products and first class service our customers and partners expect from us.”


Zoe Booth, environmental consultant at Carbon Footprint Ltd, added: “Lakes has taken leading and responsible steps to mitigate the current climate emergency, going above and beyond to offset more CO2 operations produced.”


than their UK


Southend kitchen retailer reports 65% growth despite the pandemic


THE KUTCHENHAUS store in Southend has defied the pressures on the high street with a 65% rise in sales year on year. The 1,065sq ft store in London Road, operated by Paul Bruce, traded for five years as an independent retailer, KU Kitchens, before becoming a Kutchenhaus franchise last March – just two weeks before it had to close under the lockdown.


The store had a refit at the beginning of 2020 and opened its doors in March, since when it has reported 89% month-on-month growth. The business, which employs four staff, was originally set up as a workshop providing bespoke, hand- made solid wood kitchens.


Commenting on why he chose to become a Kutchenhaus franchise, Bruce said: “The important thing is that you’re not on your own. There is a team of people working hard to ensure


January 2021 ·


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the success of the franchise, allowing us to compete on a level not achievable as an independent, while maintaining the personal customer service I’ve built my reputation on.”


Sean Ford, national head of sales


and operations at Kutchenhaus, said: “Kutchenhaus is on an ambitious growth path over the next two to three years, so it’s fantastic to see the progress of Paul and the team. “Trading conditions are tough for retailers,


many but our franchise owners are bucking the trend.” 11 7418 Minerva Ad KBB Trade 300x101mm.indd 1 18/09/2020 10:17


Industrial Black


CHAMPAGNE GOLD


copper


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