November 2021 was an auspicious month for Laundry Efficiency as it was presented with the Queens Awards for enterprise: Sustainable Development 2021 by the Queen’s representative Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire at the company’s premises at Cannock in Staffordshire.The highly coveted award is for its outstanding achievement in tackling important environmental issues within the laundry supply chain to make the world a better place.
The Lord-Lieutenant met staff and visitors, including people from The Federation of Small Businesses, Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, local press and more. Laundry Efficiency’s commercial director, Graham Oakley, took great pleasure in showing the Lord-Lieutenant many of the innovations he and his team have worked on, showcasing new solutions for several sectors. they were impressed by forward thinking and the volume of natural resources that can be saved to create a healthier planet.
SUSTAINABLE INSIGHT: Pictured with the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshare are Graham Oakley and Laundry Efficiency founder Colin Oakley, right
Oakley said: “From day one, my aim has been to make the world a greener place. I am delighted that our consultancy services and green-washing system is helping the textile care industry make critical environmental changes in affordable ways. Winning a Queens Award is testament to the transformation and high eco standards we get our customers to reach.”
The company is one of only 205 organisations nationally recognised with a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: sustainable Development. It will carry the honour of using the acclaimed Royal Warrant for the next five years.
The following day, Oakley was invited to Windsor Castle as the representative of Laundry Efficiency to a reception to mark the winners of the Queens Award. The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy were all present. “The Princess Royal made the biggest impression on me as she spent quite some time talking to me and expressing admiration for what we were doing for the environment,” said Oakley.