For the second year in a row, Harts of Stur has been awarded recognition for their work at the Good Retail Awards. The virtual awards ceremony, which took place on Monday 8th February in partnership with Springfair @ Home, saw them being presented with the Sustainability Initiative Award. The Good Retail Awards shine a light on those in the retail industry who have achieved success in spite of all the challenges faced over the last 12 months. Whether through strategy, creativity, the use of technology, or otherwise, the judges were looking for positive innovations that benefit both retailers and their customers.
The sustainability award recognises retailers that have successfully implemented sustainability initiatives within their business over the last year. The judges were impressed with the overall commitment shown by Harts, especially the implementation of replacement LED lighting, air-source heat pump, and solar panelling on their new store extension which will save over 46.2 tonnes of CO2 per year. Another key area of praise was the substitution of non-recyclable packaging to a biodegradable alternative within their mail-order dispatch centre.
Upon learning of the award win, managing director, Graham Hart reflected: “Winning this award recognises all the hard work we have done to reduce the impact our business has on our surroundings and shows that lots of little changes can make a big difference, both for the environment and the success of our company. I would also like to thank Low Carbon Dorset, Dorset Energy Solutions, and Green Light Packaging, suppliers of our biodegradable loose fill, who have helped us so much along the way.”
Although the main store is currently closed, both the DIY & trade and garden departments remain open whilst their website www.hartsofstur.com operates as normal.