Waste drive boosts growth

Eco friendly technology specialist VeryPC is aiming to treble its turnover after reducing waste by 25 per cent.

The company achieved its latest success with the help of the Yorkshire and Humber Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), with which it has been working since it moved to environmentally friendly premises on Parkwood Road Business Park more than two years ago.

MAS initially helped VeryPC develop larger scale lean, Just In Time manufacturing processes.

More recently, MAS specialist Craig Smith undertook a manufacturing review and a 10 day improvement project to get systems in place for ISO accreditation to the ISO 9001 quality assurance and 14001 environmental management standards.

Simon Bown, who set up the business with Peter and Andy Hopton and is the firm's technical director, said: "We realised that MAS could help us in other areas including achieving ISO 9001 and 14001 which we knew would be a great basis to reinforce our company's message.

"We didn't want to get ISO accreditation to just 'tick a box' but to achieve real improvements in the business, which it certainly has done. Craig's in-depth knowledge of manufacturing was invaluable and we hope to work with MAS in the future as we continue to expand.

"It was a great help having Craig on board. He assisted us in mapping out the best method of recording and managing our environmental management systems, including tracking and monitoring our waste, improving energy usage and training staff in both our admin and manufacturing departments."

n VeryPC makes some of the most energy efficient computers and servers in the world. It has won a series of awards for its technology and its BroadLeaf range became the first pieces of electronic or electrical equipment to gain recognition by Government assessors as an "environmental class leader."

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