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Anglian Water honoured with Queen's Award for Enterprise for sustainable development for second time

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Anglian Water is today celebrating receiving a Queen's Award for Enterprise, the UK's highest accolade to recognise business success, for a second time.

The award made in relation to Sustainable Development, announced on the Queen's birthday, was awarded to the water company for demonstrating excellent positive impacts across a number of initiatives, such as reducing carbon and improving water quality, as well as continuing to put social and environmental prosperity for local communities at the heart of all it does.

In West Norfolk, its commitment to sustainability and the environment is already evident at its wetland site at Ingoldisthorpe, a major project funded by Anglian Water which opened in 2018. At the site, sewage works effluents are intercepted reducing ammonia and phosphate, which instead of going straight into the River Ingol, passes through four ponds serving as a massive biological filter with plants "mopping up" the nutrients.

The Anglian Water wetland project at Ingoldisthorpe (33819204)
The Anglian Water wetland project at Ingoldisthorpe (33819204)

The company first received a Queen's Award in 2015 in recognition of the development of its ‘Love Every Drop' strategy since its inception in 2010. The strategy solidified the company's commitment to sustainability across the whole business, from the water it supplies to the recycling of used water before it's returned to the environment.

The Queen's Award stated, Anglian Water had continued to demonstrate clear sustainability leadership, by adopting an exemplary approach in formalising its commitment to wider social purpose through amendments to its Articles of Association – the legal documents that underpin how the business is run.

Two weeks ago, the company clearly demonstrated this commitment by launching its £1million ‘Positive Difference Fund' alongside a whole package of measures to support local communities and its employees with the fight against coronavirus.

Ingoldisthorpe Primary School children opening the Anglian Water wetland site in 2018
Ingoldisthorpe Primary School children opening the Anglian Water wetland site in 2018

Alongside this, as part of its longstanding membership with Business in the Community, the company has also been instrumental in setting up a response network – bringing together charities and community groups who have urgent needs in the current crisis, with businesses who may be able to offer support.

Peter Simpson, Anglian Water's chief executive, said: "Today we're humbled and honoured that our approach, the way we do business, and the hard work of all our people has been recognised with a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

"Now, with the backdrop of COVID19, the critical nature of our work has never been clearer; keeping taps running, toilets flushing and drains clear – providing the essential services our customers need, so they can use them without a second thought. But we want to go further. Our business is built on the communities it serves, so it's absolutely right we extend our support back to them during this time of need.

"I'm proud Anglian Water has received this award for a second time. It's testament to everyone who works for us, within our business and throughout our supply chain. Every day they put customers, communities and the environment at the heart of their thinking."

Anglian Water
Anglian Water

Now in its 54th year, the Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen's Awards emblem for the next five years.

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