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Rowlinson Knitwearbecomes a certified B Corporation


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mployee-owned schoolwear manufacturer Rowlinson Knitwear has announced its B Corporation certification.


Rowlinson met the highest verified social and environmental standards representing its commitment to goals beyond shareholder profit, joining a global movement dedicated to using business as a force for good.


Rowlinson is the only organisation in the schoolwear industry to achieve B Corp certification.


B Corp certification addresses a company's entire business operations covering governance, workers, community, environment and customers. The stringent certification process demands that applicants reach a minimum benchmark score of over 80, and provide evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity and corporate transparency.


Rowlinson's B Impact score of 107 makes the company the highest scoring Certified B Corp in the north of England and Scotland. Among B Corps in the clothing and apparel industry, Rowlinson is ranked first in the UK, second in Europe and 14th worldwide.


Donald Moore, chair at Rowlinson, said: "Becoming a Certified B Corp is a truly defining moment in our history. It's testament to our longstanding focus on responsible practices, and will motivate us to achieve even more positive and enduring change. We hope that our commitment to doing business more responsibly will inspire others and help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit."


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shirts created by Wild Thang for the NHS are now on display at the Museum of Liverpool as the city looks to document the impact COVID- 19 had on the wider community. Andrew Dwerryhouse, managing director, said: “As for many companies across the UK it continues to be a challenging time for Wild Thang as a business because of the effects of coronavirus and the lockdown, so when this came completely out of the blue it was a real team morale booster and has filled Wild Thang with such pride. “Our team's efforts to make a difference by producing our branded campaign T shirts to raise funds and


The Rowlinson Knitwear sustainability team


Neil Ward, managing director at Rowlinson, added: "Being a B Corp gives us the lens through which we view our world, sharpening our focus on what matters most today and for future generations too. We're very excited to part of a global community of change-makers. We plan to deliver even more impact with the products and services we create, the programmes we launch and the people we work with." Rowlinson is now part of a community of 3,400 businesses globally who have certified as B Corps. The B Corp community in the UK represents a broad cross section of industries and sizes, and comprises over 330 companies and includes well- known brands including The Guardian, innocent, Patagonia, The Body Shop, Ben & Jerry's and Jamie Oliver.


Wild Thang’s NHS Ts on display at the Museum of Liverpool


real honour to know we have made our very own little piece of history that will be documented in the museum archives for decades and even centuries to come, made in Liverpool, and displayed in the Museum of Liverpool.


L-R: Directors at Wild Thang Sarah Howarth, John Howarth, Chris Dwerryhouse and Andrew Dwerryhouse with the display


awareness to highlight the efforts the NHS were making and the importance of social distancing, has been recognised. It’s a


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eading supplier of printed promotional merchandise, Snap Products, has been accredited as a member of Made in Britain in recognition of its hand sanitiser brand biofree and UK made range of paper products, signage and floor graphics. The company’s adoption of the official, protected Made in Britain mark will help buyers recognise its UK manufactured product range as high quality, great value and British-made.


The mark also lets customers know that | 6 | October 2020


“If any good has come out of this incredibly difficult time it is the way our communities have pulled together and really recognised all the hard work and sacrifices the NHS workers have made to make sure as many people affected by the virus could have the best possible life saving care. It has never been more apparent to Wild Thang as a company


that we can all make a difference. We are stronger together, even when socially distanced apart.”


Snap Products receives Made in Britain accreditation


Snap Products is a trusted company that values transparency, sustainability, and ethical business practices. Consumers are increasingly recognising the Made in Britain mark as a mark of confidence. Helen Dyl, operations director of Snap Products, said: “We chose to become a member of Made in Britain to show our commitment to UK manufactured products, that have become an incredible lifeline to us during the coronavirus pandemic, which overnight had a


disastrous impact on the promotions industry.


“The Made in Britain accreditation marks a turning point in our business, as we now have the largest production capacity in our history since our recent move, this will enable us to ramp up our UK


manufacturing arm which has been a goal for some time. This change in strategy will further support our superior lead times as well as give us the flexibility to rely less on an overseas supply chain.”


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