THE UK’s number one kitchen retailer – Wren Kitchens – has been internationally commended for its manufacturing facilities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Wren’s state-of-the-art factories make over 2,000 kitchens every week and they’ve recently achieved an official stamp of approval by the worldwide standard-setting body - International Standards Organisation (ISO).
After extensive assessments, Wren is proud to say it has achieved the following recognitions:
- Wren’s factories in Barton-upon-Humber and Howden have been awarded with ISO 9001. It recognises the kitchen retailers’ efforts to continually improve and streamline the performance of the business.
- Howden has been certified with one of the newest and most highly commended - ISO 45001 which focusses on employee’s health, safety and welfare. It has also achieved ISO 14001, for proactively minimising its environmental impact.
Voted the best place to work, Wren, is confident in replicating its success of ISO 45001, 9001 and 14001 at the remaining sites with an eight-day audit planned in the next few months.
Supporting the recognition, Wren’s environmental policies are designed to minimise the impact on the environment and that's why they recycle all waste and materials where possible – nothing goes to landfill unless it has to.
So far this year 2,000 tonnes of wood shavings have been recycled into animal bedding, and all pallets are recycled and reused by nearby pallet companies in Goole and Rotherham. Also, over 1,700 tonnes of scrap wood and metal has been recycled and reused so far this year.
Wren Kitchens manufacturing and logistics director, Rafal Klimek, said: “These recognitions further cement our name as an industry-leading kitchen manufacturer, and it’s thanks to the tremendous efforts of our Wren family for making this possible.
“We’re proud to say that we’re celebrating our tenth year in business and as we continue to expand at pace, we’re focussing on streamlining our processes and further developing initiatives to create a happy, safe and healthy workplace.”
To educate its employees on new equipment and safety procedures, Wren has introduced a new training academy which is a simulated factory setting packed full of equipment. Every week it enhances the knowledge of around 200 people.
Not only does Wren focus on safety, but it also dedicates time to the wellbeing of staff with a comprehensive occupational health scheme with regular health checks. For mental wellbeing, mental health first aiders have been introduced to support those who need it most.
To further strengthen its manufacturing facilities, the company recently announced plans of opening a £120million factory in Barton-upon-Humber by 2021, employing a further 1,200 people. Currently, Wren employs over 4,700 staff and owns its complete supply chain, delivering kitchens from its factories in its own fleet of 180 lorries across the UK.