Saturday, 29 August 2015

National award for Cumbrian egg firm

A former winner at the CN Group Business Awards has received national recognition.

Egg firm photo
David and Helen Brass, centre, with awards organiser Stephen Howard and Liz Goodwin, of category sponsor Wrap UK

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company, at Stainton near Penrith, won the ‘environmental awareness’ category at the CN Group Awards in 2012.

Now it has triumphed in the ‘sustainable products and services’ section of the Responsible Business Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London, attended by 1,400 people including the Prince of Wales.

The company beat the likes of Veolia, Toyota and Northumbrian Water to clinch the title.

Richard Gillies, sustainability director at Kingfisher, who chaired the judging panel, said: “Lakes has a simple product and a holistic approach to improve animal welfare and reduce environmental impacts.

“It is an example to other businesses on the viability of sustainability.”

Former RAF pilot David Brass and his wife Helen set up the business in the 1990s.

It supplies Booths, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and McDonald’s from its own flocks and family farms, mostly within 30 miles of Stainton.

The Lakes aims to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral egg-packing facility.

It demands that all its producers have biodiversity action plans and has planted more than 152,000 trees to offset the carbon used in egg production.

The business has also reduced energy and water consumption, and eliminated waste to landfill. All its energy needs will be generated on-site by the end of 2014.

Mr Brass said: “To win this national accolade is fantastic, especially in the company of blue-chip organisations which share the same level of integrity and a moral compass to be responsible in business.

“We are committed to our ethos of leading edge animal welfare and environmental sustainability.

“The two go hand-in-hand and we’ve demonstrated the benefits and profitability to our producers and customers.

“It’s a model that’s replicable and sustainable – even for the 50 per cent of our producers on marginal hill farms.”

The Responsible Business Awards are run by Business in the Community to celebrate the achievements of companies tackling social and environmental issues.

This year’s awards attracted 413 entries.

Meanwhile, time is running out to enter this year’s CN Group Business Awards. There are 15 categories, open to any business trading in the county.

The deadline is a week on Monday, July 28.

Enter online at, email or phone Alison Sisson on 01228 612617 for an application form.



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