Companies from across the UK gathered today at the Houses of Parliament for a Reception, at which Corporate Responsibility Minister, Kelly Tolhurst, congratulated all those who had been nominated by Members of Parliament and particularly applauded those in the top 10 who had made such an impact in sustainability, staff well-being and community outreach.

Corporate Responsibility Minister, Kelly Tolhurst pictured with Tony Murray of CPL and Jonathan Djanogly, MP

Cambridge Precision Ltd, the only organisation in East Anglia to feature on the shortlist, received a Regional Award and came third overall in the National list; a tremendous achievement for a niche precision engineering company.

Baroness Greengross said: “Cambridge Precision Ltd, punched well above its weight.  It demonstrates that SMEs – as well as much larger companies – can be a powerful force for good. The Parliamentary judges were very impressed by its commitment to achieving rigorous standards in terms of its environmental impact, health and safety; its support for its local community; and its support for suppliers to help them achieve high quality standards.”

Tony Murray accepted the award on behalf of Cambridge Precision Ltd.  He confessed he was “Blown away to be in such good company as Budweiser and Manchester Airport, and extremely proud to show that an SME can have genuine impact when it comes to sustainability. I’m pleased that Jonathan Djanogly, MP. and the APCRG members have taken the initiative to look so deeply into the operation of British business and to celebrate the achievements of the best. MPs are often accused of being disengaged – this awards scheme encourages MPs to really get to know the reality of business operation in their constituency.  That definitely helps to lift confidence from British business in the Parliamentary decision–making process.”

“We think big at CPL, and the entire team is ambitious.  We want to show that manufacturing and engineering can be forward thinking and this award just confirms we are leading in our field.  We work with innovators and technology leaders on world-changing technologies and it is important that we have common values – clean-tech, sustainability, corporate responsibility.  Congratulations to all that were nominated – it is good to know we are all championing a new model of success. British manufacturing can and should be world-leading.  I hope that our success inspires others in manufacturing to be ambitious and bold, working towards creating a responsible environment that young people can see as relevant and attractive, with 21st century ethics, technology and practices.”

The awards are supported by Anglian Water.  Andy Brown, Head of Sustainability, commented “Anglian Water is very pleased to support this Responsible Business Champions award scheme. Its cumulative impact since 2015 has been impressive – raising awareness among MPs of the positive impact of responsible business practice and celebrating excellent British businesses.  We fully support the APCRG’s wish to encourage businesses to operate responsibly themselves and to collaborate with suppliers and other SMEs to help them to develop and adopt responsible policies.”

THE TOP UK RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS CHAMPIONS 2019

WINNER: Standard Life Aberdeen plc
SECOND PLACE: SABIC UK Petrochemicals Ltd
THIRD PLACE: Cambridge Precision Ltd
Highly commended: Invotra
Highly commended: Manchester Airport Group