As you all know, we love sustainability here at betternotstop, and so it’s always great to be able to write about other pioneering companies that are pushing things forward in the sustainable business world.

And so, it’s great to be able to let you all know that Crystal Doors has been recognised with a prestigious national award today (Wednesday 21 April) after pioneering an innovative approach to achieving net zero manufacturing.

The Rochdale firm won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development after they completely transformed their factory in response to the climate emergency – switching production within 3 hours to 24/7 for the Nightingale hospital over urgent demand as a manufacturer of vinyl-wrapped doors using state-of-the-art technology for both one-off items and volume production, using quality raw materials from sustainable forests.

The company’s radical cashflow neutral sustainability programme, which features smart autonomous machinery, energy efficient technologies, solar panels, electric vehicles, carbon literacy training and biomass heating fuelled by the factory’s own waste (which is a lot of fantastic sustainable activity!), has reduced Crystal Doors’ direct carbon footprint by nearly 80% in just than five years – which is impressive no matter which way you look at it!

The measures are also saving nearly £200,000 a year in energy and material savings, which is further proof that it is both possible and (should be) desirable for all businesses to take action on their climate impact.

Richard Hagan, the company’s managing director who first recognised the need to act after environmental concerns nearly closed the factory in 2015, said; “The science says we only have a few years of inaction left before achieving our global agreements on greenhouse gas emissions become impossible. This is our collective responsibility as businesses, and we want to show that even smaller organisations with tight purse strings can play their part.”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, established in 1965, are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. Winning businesses are able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years – and Crystal Doors are the first ever Rochdale business to win the award.

So well done from us here at betternotstop!

MD Richard Hagen said he is proud of the industrial heritage in Rochdale as well as across the wider North, adding; “It’s even more important we kickstart the transition to a green economy in economically deprived areas like ours, where we can create high quality green jobs for local communities.”

Crystal Doors is now planning to reach full carbon neutrality across its entire supply chain in time for the UN COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, partly by ending work with companies that have not committed to net zero themselves.

For more information on Crystal Doors’ carbon neutral plan visit 

Applications for Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 open on 1 May 2021. For more information, visit

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