This story has been submitted by leading food and tourism journlist, Angela Youngman.
Artisan sea salt manufacturer, The Anglesey Sea Salt Company, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise due to its focus on sustainable development. The Award is the highest accolade any small or medium sized business can achieve.
Trading as Halen Môn, The Anglesey Sea Salt Company is a prime example of how a company can minimize its environmental impact. It does not use any chemicals to clean its premises or systems. Solar panels have been installed on the factory, and it also captures and recycles heat from the manufacturing process. Instead of purchasing new equipment, the company has opted for recycling by purchasing second hand smokers. A wildflower meadow has been planted around the premises in order to improve diversity.
The Anglesey Sea Salt Company has also set out to maximize its local involvement. Preference is given to local suppliers and the company operates a policy of paying up to 10% premium for local trade.
Winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a very significant award. It enables the Anglesey Sea Salt Company to use the prestigious Queen’s Award emblem on advertising, marketing and packaging for the next five years.
A royal representative will be visiting the company to present a commemorative trophy, marking their achievement. In addition, representatives of the company will be invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in July 2017.
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said:
“The Queen’s Awards highlight the best of British Business – rewarding their strong entrepreneurial streak, their ambitions to succeed at home and overseas and the crucial contribution they make to our economy. They can be rightly proud of their achievements. I hope their successes will become the inspiration for other Welsh businesses to strive for this prestigious award in the future.”