Fashion firm, David Nieper has received the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for Sustainable Development. The firm is the only British fashion manufacturer to be recognised for their commitment to sustainability in this year’s awards
The family business based in Derbyshire, has been sustainably designing and manufacturing high-end women’s clothing since the sixties. The company has always put its people at the heart of business and promoted the responsible use of natural resources.Christopher Nieper, CEO David Nieper Ltd. commented:
“A Queen’s Award is the highest recognition a British company can receive, we are hugely honoured to be the only British fashion manufacturer to receive a Sustainable Development award.
Through our manufacturing we are delighted to be able to play our part in the UK’s response to Covid-19. By switching production and transferring skills, we are proud to support our doctors and nurses by making high quality scrubs for their vital work on the frontline.
The recent turn of events has shown us that not only is manufacturing in the UK more sustainable – it is fundamental to the future of our country. We hope this is a new dawn for localisation with community at its heart.
We would like to the thank Queen’s Award for introducing a sustainability category and putting environmental and social sustainability on the national agenda for business.
We are facing catastrophic climate change and industrial globalisation has decimated British textile manufacturing, leaving us hopelessly exposed to offshore supply chains – this made even more pertinent throughout the Covid-19 crisis.”
David Nieper is committed to manufacturing in Britain and has never taken production overseas. The company prioritises creating jobs for local people, but also supports the educational welfare of local children.
To help raise the level of education and skills in the area, David Nieper took the unprecedented step of setting up an education trust and sponsoring the local secondary school to raise the standard of education in the community.
In 2019 David Nieper became a zero waste-to-landfill company. The company is working to re-shore textile supply chains back to British shores and uses renewable energy with solar panels on all factory roofs.
In 2019 David Nieper has engaged with the University of Nottingham’s Energy Innovation & Collaboration team to undertake a study into the company’s carbon footprint, illustrating that a garment produced at the David Nieper factory in Britain creates 47% less emissions than a similar garment produced overseas.
David Nieper was awarded British Manufacturer of the Year 2020 and British Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year by Make UK.