A scrap metal dealer from St Austell has been recognised for its environmental credentials and commitment to cut crime.
Henry Orchard and Son – St Austell has been awarded the Big Tick award by Business in the Community (BITC) in the Santander Responsible Small Company category at the National Awards for Excellence 2012.
The company was recognised for its work on environmental sustainability and crime prevention after it invested in a bespoke software system to help it fight the black market in scrap metal, which currently costs the UK economy £1bn per year.
Managing director, Henry Orchard, attended a gala event in Bristol to collect the award.
Henry said: “We’re so pleased to have won the Big Tick award and been recognised for the important work we are doing here to help combat the black market in scrap metal.
“It has a huge impact on the economy and peoples’ lives and it’s quite shocking to hear some of the stories of things that have been stolen, such as war memorials, to sell illegally for scrap.
“Over the last 18 months we have invested a significant amount of money in bespoke, state-of-the-art software that allows us to register all customers and capture high resolution images.
“We feel we have a duty to act in a responsible business manner, to help fight the black market, and this software will help us to continue in that vein.
“The award is also great recognition for the whole team here who work hard to ensure our continued success.”
The company’s premises, which is located near the Eden Project, recently played host to Devon and Cornwall Police’s launch of Operation Tornado.
Henry added: “We’re proud that Devon and Cornwall Police chose our site to launch Operation Tornado.
“We have already implemented the steps the police want to introduce, but I am hopeful that this will encourage more people to act responsibly.”
Henry will now head to London for the Business in the Community national award ceremony where the company is one of four businesses shortlisted to in the overall winner category.
For more information on Henry Orchard and Sons – St Austell please contact 01726 850507 or visit www.henryorchardandsons.com.
27 June 2012