Blue Skies presented with fourth Queen’s Award

Blue Skies has been presented with its fourth Queens Award for Enterprise by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Northamptonshire, Mr James Saunders Watson. The award was presented at a ceremony hosted at the company’s fresh fruit packing facility in Corby on the 17th of September.

Blue Skies has been given a Queens Award in recognition of the company’s pioneering sustainability plan, called the ‘Blueprint’. This is a set of goals aimed at enabling the business to balance the needs of people, planet and profit. They centre around the company’s vision of building a world where there is zero poverty, zero biodiversity loss, zero waste and net zero emissions.

Chairman and Founder, Anthony Pile said “The principles of sustainable development are firmly embedded within our business; however, we know there is growing interest among our stakeholders on issues such as plastics, waste, and carbon emissions. Our Blueprint enables us to escalate focus on the most important areas and accelerate ideas and projects that will enable us to lead the way.”

CEO Hugh Pile said “Winning a fourth Queen’s Award means a huge amount to us and provides great encouragement and motivation to all our people at what is a very difficult time for the business. But it also comes at a very pertinent moment as, not only are we making an incredible effort to address the challenges of the present, but we are also embarking on a number of ambitious new initiatives that will enable us to meet the changing needs of our world in the future.”

The company is one of only a small number of firms to have won the Queen’s Awards on four occasions.

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