Sustainability is recipe for growth success

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Paterson Arran is one of ten businesses shortlisted for the Best of VIBES – the Scottish Environment Business Awards – as part of the awards’ 20th anniversary celebrations.

Since it was founded by husband and wife team John and Isabella Paterson in Rutherglen 1895, growing responsibly and sustainably has been a key focus for Paterson Arran at its two sites in Lamlash and Livingston.

Output of the company’s shortbread, biscuits, oatcakes, chutneys, mustards and preserves has increased by more than 80 per cent since 2006 to meet growing demand.

Over the same period, Paterson Arran has reduced the amount of general waste it generates by 59 per cent, and cut the energy used to make each tonne of its product by 42 per cent.

‘Since 2014, the sites has been landfill free,’ explains Adam Wilson, technical manager at Paterson Arran.

‘General waste is sent to a refuse-derived fuel plant to make electricity – and all the company’s food production waste is recycled as animal feed.

‘We have an environmental committee, which involves staff at all levels of the business. This has given different departments the opportunity to voice their ideas on environmental issues, and has helped communicate the company’s environmental message throughout the business.’

Paterson Arran won the Management SME VIBES Award in 2017.

Since they were established in 1999 the VIBES Awards have recognised more than 150 businesses in Scotland that are taking significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment, typically making significant financial savings in the process.