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Seacourt Ltd is a pioneering design and print company. The company acknowledges the industry’s impact on the environment, including biodiversity, and has published a biodiversity policy to address its own footprint. The company employs a Waterless Offset printing process which reduces Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions by 98%, while also producing a higher printed quality. Seacourt became one of only two printers in the UK to be registered to the Eco-Management Audit Scheme.

Recently Seacourt’s efforts have been recognised by the wider business community, as they have been awarded winner of the London Liveable City Awards 2005 (Climate Change), winner of South East England Development Agency Sustainable Business (2004), and The Oxfordshire Sustainable Business of the Year (2004). In addition to these awards, Seacourt became the first printer in the UK to achieve the “Biodiversity Benchmark Award” from the Wildlife Trust, which clearly demonstrates their commitment to Biodiversity.

Beacon Press

Beacon Press, a Small to Medium sized Enterprise (SME) employing 60 people, has been developing a Corporate Social Responsibility policy for the past 15 years. While Beacon Press only occupies a site extending to 1.25 acres, they recognise that they share this footprint with a variety of flora and fauna for which they accept they have a duty of care as a key component of the company's environmental management system. As a result, about ¼ acre is landscaped with a river boundary on one side.

The company’s biodiversity work has involved the landscaping of the site with over 200 trees and shrubs, creation of a wildlife area with log pile, bird nesting and butterfly boxes, a hedgehog and toad house and compost bin and log pile. Bird feeders with a choice of nuts and seeds have been also provided. On site Beacon Press already have recordings of green woodpeckers, goldfinches, blackbirds, thrushes, blue tits, bullfinches, long-tailed tits, magpies, chaffinches, robins, linnets, siskins, sparrows, bats, rabbits and grey squirrel.

Beacon Press has recently commissioned a full site survey by an independent ecological consultancy. Future plans include the building of a pond, a wildflower area and the planting of more indigenous plants and trees. The company also produces regular Environmental Factsheets to help raise environmental awareness among their staff and to explain what they can do to contribute.


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