MANCHESTER, UK – HMG Paints recently received the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award at the 2021 British Coatings Federation (BCF) Awards. The night also saw HMG’s Chairman, John Falder receive the prestigious British Coatings Federation Silver Medal.

The winners of the BCF Awards 2021 were announced at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. Almost 300 delegates were in attendance to watch 12 winners announced across 11 categories. The Manchester-based paint manufacturer was a finalist for the Coatings Care Award, with two HMG employees as finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category. Josh Taylor and Nathan Eckersley were among the first in the country to complete the new Industrial Coating Applicator Apprenticeship earlier this year, and their industry counterparts recognized their achievement.

Tom Bowtell, BCF Chief Executive, said, “After a really challenging time for our industry, it was great to come together face to face and celebrate the achievements of our member companies. It is also exciting to see so much young talent in our sector, demonstrated particularly in our Apprentice of the Year and Young Leader of the Year categories. Many congratulations to all those who were shortlisted, but especially to the winners.”

The judges of the CSR Award commented on HMG’s win “As an SME, with only 180 employees, COVID would have brought significant business challenges. Despite these, alongside development of new hand sanitizer products with commercial benefits but also provided to charities and local communities, they maintained a comprehensive CSR program clearly immersed and invested in the local community. Noted also was a focus on staff wellbeing during the pandemic. Their continued documented charity support, remembered from their application in 2017, and supporting new charities since the start of the pandemic, well reported on their program and benefits this delivered.” This is the third time HMG has received the BCF CSR award since its inception in 2017.

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