Skelmersdale site achieves ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification

Following the achievement of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification at its Coalville site, Vitax successfully gained full certification for Quality Systems and Environmental Management Systems at its manufacturing site in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, in June 2015.

This means that Vitax operations at both its UK sites have achieved this recognition.  “We remain committed to focussing on product quality management and to the responsible management of our operations on the environment” (Paul Gooding, Chairman)


Coalville site achieves ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification

Vitax has recently achieved full certification for ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Systems Standard) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems) at its Coalville manufacturing site. The certifications follow a rigorous assessment of the site operations and are the result of two years of continuous planning, resourcing and investment into our internal quality and environmental management systems. “I am delighted that we have gained this recognition which underlines both our commitment to consistent product quality management and focus, and also to the responsible management of the effects of our operations on the environment” (Paul Gooding, Chairman)

We are on course to achieve full certification for ISO 14001:2004 at our Skelmersdale site by Autumn 2015.



Following an extensive audit by BSI during June, Vitax Limited recently successfully completed the Stage One assessment of its certification for its Coalville site.  This puts the site on track to complete the Stage Two audit in August 2014.  Andy Gurney, Coalville Production Manager, announced “I am delighted with the progress made to date in ensuring that our environmental management system meets the requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001”.

BSI also visited the Vitax Skelmersdale manufacturing  site in June to carry out its Stage One ISO 14001 assessment.  Following this visit, the site (which already has ISO 9001 certification) successfully completed the Stage One requirement and is ready to proceed to Stage Two assessment in September 2014.

Harvey Bird, Quality Manager at Vitax Skelmersdale, recognised the huge effort made by employees to date in achieving Stage One: “This shows Vitax’s commitment to actively managing its operation to reduce its impact upon the environment and to maintain and investigate continuous improvements to our environmental management system”.



1_Part of_The National Forest_355“Supporting The National Forest is one of the many steps we are taking as a responsible company committed to improving the environment” says Paul Gooding, Chairman of Vitax.

We at Vitax continue to make progress towards our commitment to greener growth.  As a business which has been closely involved with the UK gardening and horticulture market for over 100 years, we place a high priority on the value of protecting, nurturing and respecting the environment.

National Forest group shotWe are therefore delighted to announce a long-term partnership with The National Forest, a forest in the making.  Based as we are in the heart of The National Forest in Coalville, Vitax has become a long-term sponsor and supporter by planting thousands of trees to create new woodlands.

The National Forest is maturing as the boldest environmentally led regeneration project ever undertaken in the UK, with a vast natural forest being created to reflect the growing awareness of our need to protect and cherish our environment.

“We were delighted to welcome Vitax as a sponsor of The National Forest” said Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of The National Forest Company.  “The support and enthusiasm of our local communities and businesses is extremely important to us. Based within the Forest, Vitax is an invaluable partner as we continue to create the Forest; planting trees, creating new habitats and looking after the woodlands and new landscapes as we progress. Gardening products are so important to millions of people across the country and I know that a lot of Vitax customers will have a natural affinity with the creativity and environmental benefits of the Forest – from our back gardens to the 200 square miles of the Forest, it’s all about wildlife, beauty and something for future generations.”

National Forest montage posterThe UK is very much a poor relation in comparison to other developed countries, with an average woodland cover of only 12% compared to a European average of 44%, and so by planting these new woodlands in the heart of England Vitax can make a tangible difference by contributing towards the growth of The National Forest to redress this deficiency.  “As an instrument of planetary home repair, it is hard to imagine anything as safe as a tree” author Jonathan Weiner wrote.






All Vitax products that are subject to the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive are compliant with the WEEE marking requirement.  These products are marked with the “crossed-out wheelie bin” WEEE symbol (shown below) in accordance with European Standard EN50419.

Wheeled_bin WEEE


The above symbol on the product and/or its packaging means that the product must not be disposed of within your other household waste.  Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the point of disposal will help conserve natural resources and ensure that the product is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment.

For more information about where you can hand over your waste for recycling, please contact your Local Authority.


Vitax Limited will comply with its legal obligations under the WEEE Directive and has registered with the relevant authorities.

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