Could you talk us through the work that Pavers does with respect to the climate and sustainability?
We are really fortunate that we have been profitable for about 50 years now, excluding Covid! This has allowed us the opportunity to do good stuff in areas we feel passionate about. We set up the Pavers Foundation in 2018 and we put in two million for the endowment and so one of the areas we have been focusing on is environment. We have been carbon neutral for the past two years, now approaching three. We have one of the largest solar arrays in the North-East of the UK, on our distribution centre and office and that keeps growing. We have built our first Pavers Forest, with the help of some local school children. We plan on doing that on a much bigger scale, now we know it is workable.
We are in the B Corp accreditation process and are now waiting to get the B Corp recognition. We certainly have been the first major footwear brand in the UK and possibly first major retailer in the UK to get that. We are very fortunate that the success we have professionally is allowing us to invest in things important to us as a family but also as a company. When we do surveys amongst staff and look at what is important to them, environment seems to be going further up.