STORY: Lovingly Artisan retains green accreditation

Lovingly Artisan Bakery, which is based in Kendal and Manchester, has achieved Green Small Business accreditation for the second year in a row, helping to further reduce the business’ impact on the planet.

Green Small Business accreditation is recognised as the leading environmental certification scheme for the UK’s small businesses and is a proven form of environmental accreditation that demonstrates best practice, sustainable working, and evidence of an individual businesses green credentials.

As business owners Aidan Monks and Catherine Connor (pictured) wanted to take responsibility for managing the company's environmental impacts carefully and have fully committed to reducing that impact.

As a result they’ve drawn together an annual action plan, which they review on a regular basis, mapping their progress against it.

The plan sets out how they aim to improve their businesses overall environmental impact and is now a major part of their long-term business planning, particularly when it comes to sourcing of ingredients, packaging, equipment procurement, waste products, their energy use and bread distribution.

Each year accreditation is only granted to those businesses who are able to demonstrate real commitment to meeting the requirements of the Green Small Business standard. Which means that the scheme is widely accepted as the gold standard for small businesses wanting to do their bit and help reduce their impact on the planet.

"We are delighted to have achieved Green Small Business accreditation again this year," the pair said. "It’s helped us to really focus and how to best manage our environmental impact and to make the changes that needed to help minimise our overall environmental impact.

"Any small business that is serious about changing the way they operate should take the time to take a look at the scheme and see how easy it is for them to make a difference and do that bit more.’’

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