On 31st March 2022, Insider Media announced that Simply Doughnuts had made the finals of the Made in the North West manufacturing awards 2022.
We have been shortlisted in the Sustainable / Ethical Manufacturer Award category, on the strength of our waste-saving innovations and investments, and our efforts to create training and employment opportunities for people within the region.
Insider editor Simon Keegan congratulated all the shortlisted companies and said: “Manufacturing is pivotal to the North West economy, and the region’s manufacturers remain among the most innovative and dynamic in the world.”
Responding, Simply Doughnuts’ managing director said: “I’m very pleased that we’ve been shortlisted for our efforts in terms of ethics and sustainability. These are subjects that we take extremely seriously, and we’ve made important progress in both areas over the last 12 months.
“We’ve continued our R&D efforts regarding extending shelf lives and we’re now achieving around 34 days with our improved processes. We’ve also found ways to produce less waste-water during production, to reduce in-house energy consumption, and to reduce the road-miles involved in our inbound and outbound logistics. By working with our waste management contractor, we’ve also managed to divert 100% of waste from landfill.
“On the ethical side, we’re continuing to work on publicly-funded projects that promote employability skills; we’re creating work experience placements, helping people with mock interviews and actively recruiting people through DWP schemes in order to help them get a first foot on the career ladder. We’ve also recently become members of Sedex, an organisation that helps companies to improve their performance in terms of labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.” (See separate news article.)
The Awards are now in their tenth year. The final will be held on Thursday 5th May at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.