The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

106-130_award_holders_Queen's Awards 24/06/2016 08:25 Page 109

AWARD HOLDERS 2012 - 2015

Camira Group Ltd Camira Group is a yorkshire based textile company, which makes ground breaking environmental fabrics frommaterials such as harvested nettles, hemp, flax and recycled coffee sacks. The company’s second Queen’s award for Sustainable development marks five years of continuous environmental advancement and outstanding achievements in sustainable product design, supply chain initiatives, waste saving and recycling, people development and corporate social responsibility. Manufacturing over 8 million metres of fabric a year and selling to 70 countries worldwide, Camira supplies household names such as London Underground, the BBC, high street banks, and tech firms such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn. The company has innovated a whole range of eco-labelled fabrics made from wool blended with natural fibres such as nettles and hemp grown on UK farms under licence from the Home Office. Its latest fabrics are made from wool, flax and recycled coffee bean sacks which are pulled back to fibre, blended with wool, and woven into fabrics. Innovation in transportation fabrics includes closed loop recycled polyesters, upcycled from the company’s own yarn remnants, as well as lighter weight wool moquettes backed with cotton which is sourced directly from partner City Building LLP established in 2006, City building has grown into one of Scotland’s largest construction companies, employing over 2,200 skilled employees, providing construction, repairs and maintenance, refurbishment solutions and specialist services to private, public and third sector organisations across the country. Since winning The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development in 2012, City Building has continued to invest in its greatest asset, its employees. Recently, a team of young apprentices were given the extraordinary opportunity to showcase their skills and participate in the highly anticipated fashion and design exhibition by leading British designer Paul Smith. Thirteen apprentices worked on customising the space in The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture in Glasgow to accommodate “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” a touring exhibition by the Design Museum, London. The team were given a photograph of the designer’s first shop and created a replica in the exhibition space. The apprentices helped create a visual room called “Inside Paul’s Head”which gave an insight into the designer’s mind. The team provided joinery, electrical, painting and decorating services.

mills to ensure best social and environmental practice. In 2014 Camira used over 4,000 tonnes of raw materials and achieved virtually zero landfill at its largest 210,000 square feet site in Huddersfield, at the same time reducing both energy consumption and water usage. Camira runs a progressive modern apprenticeship scheme as part of the Entice Project, which is held up nationally as a

model system to recruit, retain and develop the skills and business stars of the future. Moreover, its charity fund- raising arm, known as Camira Hope, includes active

Above: Camira Modern Apprentices in Manufacturing Left: Sustainable fabric made fromwool and flax

support for both the Forget Me Not Children’s charity and Kirkwood Hospice. Further afield, Camira also supports the New ZealandWhale and Dolphin Trust to protect the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, recognising the origin of the traceable wool used in its best selling wool fabric.

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Apprentice painter and decorator, Lisa Murphy, 19 from Glasgow, said: “It was really exciting to get the chance to work on the exhibition. I painted the plinth that Paul Smith’s famous stripe Mini sits on, which is going to go around the world. I loved working on it – it really was the chance of a lifetime and an experience I won’t forget in a hurry.” “We were all really excited to meet Paul. He thanked us for our hard work and signed all our overalls as a keepsake of the exhibition so we would have something to remember it by.” Lisa has since gone on to win the prestigious Trades House of Glasgow Apprentice of the Year Award 2016. Commenting, Deacon Convenor Ruth Maltman said “Lisa’s journey


Above: City Building Apprentices with Paul Smith. Right: Lisa Murphy with Paul Smith’s famous stripe Mini

has been one of success and inspiration. She has shown dedication and passion.”

In addition to the work carried out by our apprentices, City Building’s supported manufacturing facility Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBI) provided the timber elements to create the rooms, as well as the plinth that the original signature stripe mini was placed.

CITY BUILDING LLP 350 Darnick Street, Glasgow, G21 4BA Tel: +44 (0) 141 287 2287 Fax: +44 (0) 141 287 7100

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