21st April 2016: Seacourt has announced that it has won its third Queen's Award for Sustainable Development in recognition of its ground-breaking LightTouch® print technology, the world's first waterless LED printing process.
The Oxford company, which marks its 70th anniversary in 2016, has once again been singled out for its innovative approach to sustainability and for its achievements in helping clients hit their sustainability targets by being awarded one of the UK's most important enterprise awards. It is the third time in under a decade that Seacourt has received the accolade.
"We are absolutely thrilled to win our third Queen's Award in nine years, an unprecedented achievement for a company of our size and a rarity in the print industry," says Gareth Dinnage, Seacourt Managing Director.
"We are a small family firm with firm roots in Oxford and have shown that it is completely possible, in an industry like ours, to re-write the rule book and be truly innovative. We have done that, both with the creation of LightTouch®, a world first, and the radical way in which we work. We send nothing to landfill and have become one of the leading environmental print companies in the world.
"Our motivation has simply been our desire for the best environmental practice and to improve sustainability in an industry we believe still has a way to go before the environment is a number one priority," he says. "I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved. It is fantastic to be recognised for what we have done and particularly now at an important moment in our development."
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious enterprise awards which recognise outstanding achievement in three categories: innovation, international trade and sustainable development. Awarded annually since 1966, they celebrate companies and individuals who are outstanding in their field.
"When we developed LightTouch®,we deliberately set out to create something better than what was available at the time, so we could show how a printing company ought to look in the future," continues Gareth. "Nine years down the track, we have passed some important milestones and are already helping companies make positive changes to how they do business.
"There's still a way to go, though, and we know there must be many businesses looking to do the right thing. We hope that with increased awareness and recognition for what we are doing to help organisations go green, we can help even more businesses hit their sustainability targets," he says.