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Family business claims best in county honour

Posted onPosted on 30th Nov

JG Pears, a family business that has become one of the UK’s largest sustainable processors of animal by-products and food waste, has been crowned the Nottinghamshire Business of the Year by East Midlands Chamber. 

The company, whose factory just outside Newark has been behind cutting-edge techniques that recycle resources otherwise destined for landfill and produce sustainable animal feed ingredients, also won the Environmental Impact Award at the Nottinghamshire Business Awards.

A key proponent of the circular economy — a resource management system that enables materials and products to be constantly reused so waste is minimised — JG Pears has also developed a net zero co-incineration plant powered by renewable biomass generated from animal by-products. 

It is also a successful exporter, with its animal fats shipped globally to countries including the USA, South Africa, Vietnam, Chile and Myanmar, where they are used in pharmaceuticals, waxes and biodiesel, as well as high-quality, protein-rich feeds for the pet food and fish aquaculture markets. 

The Nottinghamshire Business Awards, held in partnership with headline sponsor Mazars, recognised winners across 13 categories, ranging from Business Improvement Through Technology and Environmental Impact Award within an organisation to individual honours for Entrepreneur of the Year and Apprentice of the Year. There were new categories this year for Collaboration Project of the Year and Excellence in Innovation. 

Finalists, chosen by a judging panel of the Chamber’s senior leadership and board of directors, as well as sponsors, discovered their fate during a gala dinner attended by hundreds of people at Colwick Hall – marking a return for face-to-face celebrations after being held virtually last year.

Scott Knowles, chief executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “There has been so much to celebrate within our business community despite a challenging 18 months and these awards have showcased some of the incredible companies that call our region home.

“As the economic recovery continues, and opportunities present themselves in a new era of global trade and sustainable business, these are just the kinds of organisations we should be highlighting when we’re shouting about everything the East Midlands has to offer. We know it’s a great place to do business and they are living proof.

“We received so many high-calibre applications, which demonstrated how the pandemic hasn’t been a period in which we have just stood still. Instead, the time afforded for reflection has led to many companies seeking out new opportunities, innovating and driving themselves forward.

“While last year offered us a different kind of experience in a virtual awards ceremony, it was great to be back holding such a landmark event for the Nottinghamshire business calendar in person once more.”