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A business like no other…

11th September 2023 | Business Essentials, News

A business like no other in the European workplace supplies industry

That is how Commercial were described after picking up a prestigious European Office Products Award.

We were thrilled to claim the Sustainability Excellence Award for resellers at Monday’s ceremony in Amsterdam.

The award marked the first time that resellers have been singled out in the Sustainability Excellence category, with Commercial beating Lyreco UK & Ireland and German company Memo to the prize.

Commercial co-founder and managing director, Simone Hindmarch, received the award and said: “This ranks up there with any of the awards we have won in the past 32 years.”

She added: “To be nominated among so many other inspiring organisations across Europe is one thing, but to win the award is simply amazing.

Simone was instrumental in sustainability becoming key to our operations after being invited by a client to see a screening of Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth back in 2006.

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Commercial became carbon net zero in 2006, zero waste to landfill in 2012, have used hydrogen and now electric delivery fans and are on course to achieve an ambitious carbon net zero target in 2028.

Our commitment to sustainability was hailed by the EOPA judging panel who said that “Commercial’s efforts go beyond best practice across all aspects of the company.”

The statement added: “The EOPA judges acknowledged that this operator is a business like no other in the European workplace supplies industry. Sustainability is truly in Commercial’s DNA.”

The European Office Products Awards are billed as ”ultimate accolade for business products companies in Europe” bringing together leading resellers and vendors from across the continent.

The annual awards are now in their 22nd year and for the ninth time were run in partnership with Office Product International’s Partnership event.

OPI CEO Steve Hilleard, who chaired the EOPA judging panel, said: “For the 22nd time, leaders from the European business supplies sector came together to reward the very best of what our industry has to offer.

“The EOPA are always a great reflection of what’s going in our sector and this year is certainly no different.

“Whether it’s responding to the renewed focus on sustainability, the reality of hybrid working or the necessity to embrace e-commerce, the EOPA judging panel was impressed with the calibre of the nominations in 12 categories and the excellence of the winners in every single one of them.”

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