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European award win cements Cheltenham-based company's sustainability status

A commitment to sustainability and social value has seen Cheltenham-based Commercial Group pick up a prestigious award.

The Leckhampton-based firm won the Sustainability Award at the European Office Products Awards at a ceremony at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam on Monday.

In a new category for EOPA this year, Commercial impressed the judges with its completely ingrained sus-tainability focus which forms the beating heart of the company.

Over the past 14 years, Commercial have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and has broadened its focus to encompass every aspect of corporate social responsibility.

Commercial have gained many accolades for their sustainable focus, claiming The Queens Award for En-terprise in Sustainable Development as well as being granted Planet Mark and Carbon Neutral status.

Managing director Simone Hindmarch was shortlisted for an edie Sustainability Leader of the Year award earlier this year, cementing the group's reputation for encouraging business change to improve the world.

Simone Hindmarch said: Simone said: "We've been pushing the boundaries since 2006 to provide an excep-tional service to our clients while reducing our environmental impact, making a valuable contribution to soci-ety, and looking after our colleagues.

"I'm immensely proud of all that we've achieved. It is wonderful to collect an award for sustainability in our office products - just one aspect of our social impact programme.

"For us, growing our social impact goes alongside growing our business and we have a brilliant team, de-serving of recognition for bringing our aspirations to life."

Steve Hilleard, CEO of Office Products International snf Chairman of the EOPA judging panel, said: "Lead-ers from the European business supplies sector came together to reward the best of what our industry has to offer.

"We're fast approaching the 20th EOPA anniversary and I'm always amazed and humbled by the enthusi-asm our sector continues to show for these awards, from the companies that are so eager to take a coveted award back to their organisations to the judges who willingly and passionately give up their time to seek out the best."

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