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Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter presents Commercial with their Queen’s Award

PUBLISHED: 14:42 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:42 25 September 2018

Dame Janet Trotter and Simone Hindmarch of Commmercial

Dame Janet Trotter and Simone Hindmarch of Commmercial

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It’s the first time a Gloucestershire has won a Queen’s Award in the Sustainability category

The Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, visited Gloucestershire business services specialist Commercial to present its Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

Dame Janet was given a tour of Cheltenham-based Commercial by founders Arthur and Simone Hindmarch. She learnt about the technology behind the company’s hydrogen-enabled delivery fleet and found out about employee-led sustainability initiatives, such as the living wall, solar powered bike shed and volunteering scheme. Dame Janet also visited Commercial’s social enterprise, Commercial Foundation, which focuses on empowering disadvantaged young people with work readiness skills.

Here, she met Matt Bachelor who previously took part in Commercial Foundation’s NoLimits programme before taking on a permanent role at Commercial. Matt talked to Dame Janet about this life-changing opportunity, explaining how the young people generate income to help fund Commercial Foundation through its We Do Print offering.

Presenting the award, Dame Janet said: “This is the first time a Gloucestershire business has won a Queen’s Award in the Sustainability category. Success like this depends upon great leadership – Simone and Arthur are inspirational.”

For more on what Commercial do, visit the website here.

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