Crown Paints showcases British success story to Prime Minister

Crown Paints opened its doors to Prime Minister David Cameron to showcase its brands, manufacturing excellence, sustainability credentials and the commitment it shows to training and developing its people.

Mr Cameron, along with Jake Berry MP for Darwen and Rossendale, was welcomed by Crown’s Managing Director Joe Devitt and HR and Legal Director Graham Haworth.  He was taken on a guided tour of the manufacturing facility, which produces the market-leading Crown and Sandtex brands and also spoke at length to several of Crown’s apprentices.

Crown has demonstrated year on year growth for the past 5 years and is currently targeting further growth through development of key UK contracts and strategic overseas markets.

During a question and answer session with the Prime Minister and 140 of Crown’s 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 was 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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Note – The Prime Minister visited Crown Paints on Thursday 8 August, 2013

Press contact: Claire Tennant @ MC2, 0161 236 1352, clairet@mcmc.co.uk