Yesterday we opened our doors to Prime Minister, David Cameron, to showcase our brands, manufacturing excellence, sustainability credentials and the commitment we show to training and developing our people.
Mr. Cameron and Jake Berry, MP for Darwen and Rossendale, were welcomed by our Managing Director, Joe Devitt, and HR and Legal Director, Graham Haworth. He was taken on a guided tour of our manufacturing facility, which produces the market-leading Crown and Sandtex brands and also spoke at length to several of our apprentices.
During a question and answer session with the Prime Minister and 140 Crown employees, Mr. Cameron said: “We need more businesses like Crown Paints in the UK and we need to be making more things, selling more things, in the UK and overseas, and offering more apprenticeship schemes to train up our young people.”
Commenting on the visit, Joe Devitt said “We are extremely proud of our British heritage, with our roots stretching back to 1777 and being holder of the Royal Warrant demonstrating the quality of our products. It is therefore a real honour to be able to show the Prime Minister around and talk to him about some of our achievements.
“As well as our investment in cutting-edge technology putting the business at the forefront of the industry, we still employ large numbers of people from the local area including several generations of some families. Our apprenticeship scheme is something that we are particularly proud of and it is great to be recognised for our work in this area and as a British success story and key international operator.”