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Industry News


David Luke wins Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development


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anchester-based schoolwear manufacturer David Luke has been honoured with a Queen’s


Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.


David Luke is one of 220 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Announced on Tuesday, April 21, David Luke joins just 19 businesses in the UK to have been given the royal seal of approval for excellence in Sustainable Development in this year’s awards roll-call.


Employing 54 people, David Luke Schoolwear was set up in 1982 by David Burgess and Adrian Luke, specialising in the manufacture and supply of specialist schoolwear to independent retailers. Over the years, the business has demonstrated a progressive and highly respected reputation for innovation in sustainability, becoming the first schoolwear brand to develop Eco- Uniform; blazers and other garments, made from recycled plastic bottles. To date, its popular Eco-uniform range has prevented 34 million plastic bottles from going into landfill and makes up a substantial proportion of sales for the business.


Kathryn Shuttleworth, managing director, said the award was a pivotal moment in the company’s history


In 2014 David Burgess handed the business reins over to daughter Kathryn marking a period of dynamic change in the way sustainability was embraced as a company-wide strategic vision not just a product specific benefit.


Ms Shuttleworth, managing director, said: "Sustainability is part of the DNA of our business so to have our efforts recognised with a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is a pivotal moment in our company’s history. “We have always been intently focused on the evolution of our eco-uniform range. In this moment of global pause


owing to the coronavirus pandemic, our vision for sustainable development is being reimagined and accelerated at a pace we never dreamt would be possible. Now is the time to put into practice measures such as closing the loop on our consumption of uniform and encouraging families to make more conscious decisions about how they purchase uniform as a result of the wider issues surrounding supply. Sustainability and the way in which it impacts our lives has never been more relevant.” Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise and encourage the outstanding achievements of UK businesses in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity. The Queen’s Award panel noted: “David Luke was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development because it had demonstrated a long-term commitment to sustainable improvements specifically through the development of an eco- product (school uniforms), using recycled plastic to create the polyester content.” David Luke Schoolwear will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners later this year.


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