Scottish social enterprise celebrates prestigious Queen’s Award

An Edinburgh social enterprise is celebrating being among 12 fellow Scottish winners of one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards.

Thirteen companies were among the 232 winners announced at the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise on Thursday, with Edinburgh Remakery winning the sustainability award.

Elaine Brown, managing director of the Leith-based company, which teaches and adopts sustainable repair and reuse practices to prevent valuable materials and resources from being wasted, said it was an “incredible achievement to receive the award.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our sustainability work, and it is a great testament to the role of social enterprises in creating positive change in our communities,” she said.

“Putting people and the planet first is at the heart of our operations, and this award is a triumph for the circular economy and its vital role in helping Edinburgh and the UK achieve their ambitious goals of net zero, ending waste and pollution and helping people waste less, live more.

Last year, the Edinburgh Remakery collected 39 tonnes of e-waste across the UK, 352 people learned repair and reuse techniques, and hundreds of free electronics were given away in Scotland’s capital to help tackle digital poverty and isolation.

The social enterprise will now be able to use the Queen’s Award emblem for the next five years, and the Edinburgh Remakery team will travel to Buckingham Palace next month to officially receive their Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Other winners include Aberdeen-based manufacturer Kaseum Technology, which won an innovation award for its pioneering tools created for the oil and gas industry.

WoodBlockX, which was established in 2012 and is based in Dingwall, has won an international trade award in recognition of its overseas growth over the past three years.

And Glasgow-based entrepreneur IQA Operations Group, which now employs more than 300 people across power, telecoms and multiple utilities, has also won an international trade award after seeing its business on the alien explode.

Paul Scully, UK Government Minister for Small Business, said: “The Edinburgh Remakery is inspiring businesses across the UK with the way it champions sustainability.

And Iain Stewart, the UK Government’s Minister for Scotland, said: ‘From the TEFL Org which equips tutors to teach English from their base in Inverness to the independent Bladnoch Distillery which makes world-class whiskey in Dumfries and Galloway, these companies showcase Scottish business excellence. is renowned for.

“I would like to congratulate all the recipients of this most prestigious award. Their innovation, their contribution to sustainable development and their achievements in trade prove once again that Scotland is a major player on the world trade stage.

The awards were created following recommendation presided over by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1965. The first awards, known as the Queen’s Awards to Industry, were awarded the following year.

Applications for the 2023 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise will open on May 1.

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