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As another successful year draws to a close, here at Crown HQ we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We’re extremely excited to see what 2014 has in store.

Keep an eye out for any festive inspiration during the holidays and don’t be shy to share these via our Twitter and Facebook pages.
See you all in January!

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Here at Crown HQ we’re delighted to be sponsoring ITV’s Through the Keyhole Christmas Special – set to hit TV screens after the X Factor final this Sunday (15th December).

The prime time game show aims to give viewers a sneak peek into the homes of well known celebrities and TV personalities – providing a great source of interior inspiration for budding decorators.

The team of celebrity guests must then figure out who the famous faces are after seeing a tour of their houses.

Helping homeowners to mimic even the most glamorous of decorating styles, here at Crown we offer over 300 on-trend emulsions that incorporate everything from posh pastels, luxurious suedes and metallics.

And for your chance to win some paint for a New Year home makeover, join us on Twitter, @CrownPaints, during Sunday night’s show for the chance to win one 2.5 litre pack of paint. Please read full terms and conditions below for more information.

Please read these rules carefully. If you enter one of our promotions, you are confirming that you have read these rules and that you agree to them.

1. This Promotion is being run by Crown Paints Ltd, whose registered address is Crown House Hollins Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 0BJ (“Crown Paints”).

2. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter / ITV / FremantleMedia*. The information you provide will only be used for Crown Paints to choose winners and to contact you about the distribution of your prize if necessary. [Contact will be made by send a direct message to your Twitter account to contact Crown Paints to claim your prize.]

3. Crown Paints reserves the right to allocate a winner’s prize to the next randomly drawn person if they have not been able to make direct contact with a winner within [10] days of sending a direct message.

4. The prize that is available to be won is: 1 x 2.5 litre pack of matt emulsion in any standard matt or silk colour

5. To participate in this Promotion, you must be: (a) a UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry. Prizes can only be despatched to UK mainland addresses.

6. 1 x winner will be chosen at random after the competition has closed.

7. The promotion closes at 10.30pm on Sunday 15th December.

8. Only one entry per person. By re-tweeting , you will automatically be entered into the Promotion. If you do not wish to be entered in the Promotion, then please do not re-tweet.

9. The prize will not be transferable to another person, exchangeable or for re-sale. There is no cash alternative to any prizes.

10. Crown Paints will use reasonable endeavours to send prizes within 30 working days of the closing date.

11. Crown Paints reserves the right to terminate the competition at any time, at its absolute discretion and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. This Promotion is subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

*However, Crown Paints are official sponsor of ITV’s Xmas Through the Keyhole 2013 (National Sponsorship excluding Scotland)

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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.”

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A closer look at David Bray’s work


If you have seen our new TV ad you will have noticed that a variety of illustrations appear on the walls throughout. These were created by a number of artists and one of the more notable pieces that depicts a lady dancing across the wall at the start of the ad, was borne in the imagination of the critically acclaimed illustrator and graduate of St Martin’s College, David Bray.


Bray is renowned for employing basic drawing equipment such as pens, pencils and paper when crafting his work. In choosing to rely on these tools, Bray’s creations often take time to piece together resulting in work that is consistently inspiring and thought provoking. Bray’s contribution to our TV ad was created by hand and he chose to use our Scarlet Ribbon® matt emulsion colour for his illustration. In choosing this colour, Bray manages to generate vibrancy on screen that reflects the energy of a Salsa dance. His illustration symbolises how the ad seeks to encourage others to add their own passions, personalities and memories to their walls.   


If you fancy getting hold of a signed David Bray print, as seen on the new TV ad, there is still time to enter our Facebook competition to win one. To take part, simply follow this link and answer the question in the Facebook tab. This competition is open until midnight on Sunday 4th September so make sure you take part soon.

For further information on David Bray head over to his website here.

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