MANCHESTER, UK — Manchester-based HMG Paints Ltd. has received the prestigious Manchester Evening News (M.E.N), Business of the Year Award in the £10m-£25m turnover category at this years’ M.E.N Business Awards ceremony.

With an attendance of over 350 guests at the awards ceremony, the evening was filled with talented and innovative businesses from across Manchester from growing SMEs to large firms turning over in excess of £100m.

This year’s awards saw a record turnout of entries, and the rigorous judging began in May 2019. HMG Paints was then shortlisted with two other neighboring Manchester-based firms, Godel Technologies and Utilities Design and Planning. HMG came out on top after impressing the judges with the company’s engagement within the region and commitment to the community of Manchester, as well as its achievements in innovation. At the forefront of HMG’s innovation is its involvement in the PolyGraph Project, with the aim to incorporate Manchester-founded graphene (an allotrope of carbon) into practical uses for composites, coatings and adhesives applications. Following the key learning points and development from the project, HMG have gone on to release a range of grapheme-infused coatings into the market, predominantly for commercial vehicle and automotive applications. These specifically designed coatings are prolonging the usable life of vehicles and structures, reducing the environmental footprint of the manufacturing process.

“The whole team at HMG Paints are beaming with pride after winning Business of the Year against such tough competition. As we enter our 90th year of business, without moving from our humble roots in Manchester, we are really happy to be sharing the news of our achievement and dedicate it to our late Chairman Mr. Brian Falder, who was laid to rest on HMG’s 89th Anniversary on the 4th October 2019,” said Gracienne Ikin, Digital Sales and Communications Manager, HMG Paints Ltd.

The awards evening recognized firms across an array of sectors including retail, manufacturing, technology, finance, fashion and construction.