The Lakes Free Range Egg Company received their Queens Award for Sustainable Development from Cumbria’s Lord Lieutenant today (24th August). The occasion was even more special for staff at The Lakes, because it marked the start of their 21st birthday celebration.
It was earlier this year that the Queens Award office confirmed their award in recognition of their “outstanding sector leadership and influence”. In June, co-owners David and Helen Brass attended a formal reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH Prince Charles. Plans were also made for today’s official visit by Cumbria’s Lord Lieutenant Claire Hensman, Her Majesty The Queen’s designated representative.
The visit to the packing station was set to co-inside with The Lakes 21st birthday celebrations with producers and staff. David and Helen Brass said “We were delighted to be one of only eight companies in the UK to be recognised for sustainable development – a first for the UK egg industry.
“This award was only made possible because of the hard work and dedication of our staff who share our ethos to develop in a sustainable way. We also have to thank our producers for their support over the last twenty-one years. Receiving this accolade today, alongside so many of our staff, is a prestigious way to celebrate our coming of age.”
Cumbria’s Lord Lieutenant Claire Hensman said “I am delighted that The Lakes Free Range Egg Company has won the very prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development. This is extremely well-deserved recognition of the pioneering methods and high standards set by David and Helen Brass and their team and partners.
“They are proving that high standards of animal welfare and increasingly efficient use of resources can go hand in hand. As a big customer of local farmer’s, The Lakes Free Range Egg Company not only helps to sustain the local economy but enhances Cumbria’s reputation as a leading high-quality food producer. I do congratulate David and Helen and their team and wish them continuing success in the future.”