Premier celebrates 20 years with Queens Award presentation

26 September 2016

Queen-Award-Presentatation-274x300Premier Workplace Services marked the company’s 20th anniversary with the presentation of a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

Made by the Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Ann Cable MBE, the presentation followed the award of the UK’s highest accolade for business success on the Queen’s Birthday in April.  One of only seven awards for sustainable development made by the Queen this year, Premier was recognised for the company’s sustainable office furniture services and particularly for the Renew Centre, the UK’s only independent, commercial facility solely dedicated to remanufacturing, refurbishing and repairing desks, chairs and other office furniture.

Attended by FM and sustainability representatives from the KPMG, Tesco, Metropolitan Police, GLA, the Cabinet Office, and Regent Street Management, today’s presentation was followed by a tour of Premier’s newly expanded Renew Centre.  Following £1million of investment over three years, the facility now consists of 5,000 square feet of remanufacturing space housing high specification
machinery and a growing specialist team.

Premier was founded by Jerry Marks and Dave Russinger in September 1996 to deliver commercial relocations to a largely London-based client base.  Over 20 years, the company has grown into one of the UK’s leading workplace change service providers offering office and IT relocation, churn and support, interior refurbishment and sustainable office furniture and equipment solutions.

Premier has sought to lead on sustainability issues, setting up specialist division Premier Sustain in 2011 to deliver sustainable services for furniture.  Since then, Premier has remanufactured and refurbished over 10,000 desks, screens and chairs at the Renew Centre, and donated over 15,000 items of furniture to charities, schools and social enterprises through its donation initiative, the Giving Back Project.  Premier became a Living Wage Service Provider in 2015 and earlier this year launched the G64R, a collaboration with Orangebox that sees Premier remanufacture end-of-life G64 task chairs to ‘as good as new’.  The company’s achievements have been recognised by a number of awards, culminating in the
most recent, the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

Jerry Marks, Managing Director says: “We are delighted to celebrate our 20th Birthday with the presentation of this prestigious award.  Dave and I would like to thank our staff, clients and others that have supported us along this journey so far, we are immensely proud of what has been achieved.”

The award was received on Premier’s behalf by director, Phil Oram, who set up Premier Sustain, alongside Renew Centre Manager, Carl Robson.