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Tullis Russell Coaters wins Northwest Business Environment Awards

11 Nov 2010

Tullis Russell Coaters based in Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire is proud to announce that it has won the prestigious Northwest Business Environment Awards in the Small and Medium Enterprise category for fully
integrating environmental performance into its business practices.

The Bollington manufacturing facility produces and supplies coated security paper and films for a global market. Its employs 110 employees, has been supported by Groundwork Cheshire, the Carbon Trust, Defra and Envirowise to make a wide range of resource efficiency improvements and gain the full support of all employees on site. Measures have included simple steps such as turning down thermostats, implementing routine power-downs of equipment and fitting low energy lighting.

Energy use has been further reduced by fitting insulation to the factory's steam pipes, heat exchangers to the coating machine ovens and an economiser to the boiler. A waste paper compactor and tipper bins have been installed and waste is now segregated for pre-treatment and recycled, to reduce the amount diverted to landfill.


  • ISO14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems. 
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) accreditation for sustainable use of raw materials. 
  • Annual CO2 emissions reduced by 46%. 
  • Annual water use reduced by 74 m3. 
  • 81% reduction in waste being diverted to landfill in the last three years. 
  • Overall carbon footprint reduced by 17%. 
  • Competing globally and supplying to major international brands. 
  • £374,000 annual cost savings achieved and used to support ongoing investment. 
  • Eligibility for an energy efficiency discount from the annual Climate Change Levy.

What the judges said:

  • "Their plans for the future are innovative - including solar panels and a growing eco range. Their commitment to community engagement and work with schools shows they have gone the extra mile, making them deserving winners." 
  • "Savings from staff initiatives and environmental best practice have become integrated into the business. There has been profound cultural change and all the staff have bought into it and got involved."

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