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Gripple has joined sister company Loadhog in securing a major environmental award.

The Savile Street East firm, which makes innovative wire joiners and tensioners for the agricultural and construction markets, has won a “Green Apple Environment Award” in recognition of its efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

It joins Brightside Lane-based Loadhog, which gained a Green Apple Award in 2003.

Gripple’s new award follows its success in the Queen’s Awards last year, when it gained an accolade for sustainable development.

On that occasion, the company was commended for its strong commitment to reducing its use of natural resources in every area of its business and having a positive impact on the social and economic sustainability of its local area.

The company has also taken part in the 10:10 campaign which encourages companies to reduce their carbon emissions by 10 per cent.

Gripple’s managing director, Mark Edmonds, said gaining a Green Apple Award was “a notable achievement” and reflected the huge effort staff made in minimising its environment impact.

“Gripple is proud to be numbered among those who share our commitment and have been so prestigiously recognised for making worthwhile contributions to sustainable development,” said Mr Edmonds.

Green Apple Environment Awards are organised by the Green Organisation, an independent, apolitical, not for profit environmental group, dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.

The awards’ judges are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and a number of other independent bodies.