The winners of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Awards 2017 were announced on 23 November at the annual BCF Awards in Cheshire, across eight categories showcasing brilliance in the coatings industry.
2017 saw the addition of two new Awards, the first of which for Young Leader of the Year which was won by Alison Henshaw from Fine Décor Wallcoverings. The second new Award for Corporate Social Responsibility saw HMG Paints honoured as the SME winner for their Paint the Town Green campaign and PPG Architectural Coatings in the multi-national category for their Community Engagement Programme.
HMG Paints picked up a second Award, whose apprentice Darren James won the Coatings Training Institute Student of the Year. Also with two award wins was AkzoNobel; who picked up the Customer Service Award, with a programme which has proved to deliver impressive business improvements; and the Sustainable Innovation Award for their new factory in Ashington, their most sustainable plant ever. The Sustainable Innovation category saw an uptake in entries in 2017, also awarding a winner for Sustainable Innovation Supplier, which went to BYK-Gardner Q.C. Instruments for their industry standard instruments designed to simplify digital approval in the automotive industry.
The Excellence in Training award was won by Fujichem Sonneborn, who impressed the judges the most with their overarching approach to training that focuses on competence over completion. Finally, the most long-standing award, the Coatings Care Overall Best Performer Award went to Crown Paints in Hull, and the Coatings Care Progress Award to the Tor Coatings site in Chester-le-Street.
BCF Chief Executive, Tom Bowtell, said, “In amongst the challenges that the industry faces, it is fantastic to take the opportunity to take a step back and see how the coatings industry continues to deliver outstanding performance across so many aspects of the business.”
BCF Awards 2017 Winners
Sustainable Innovation Award – Sponsored by Veolia
Winner - AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK – Ashington - AkzoNobel’s Most Sustainable Plant Ever
Sustainable Innovation Supplier Award – Sponsored by Veolia
Winner - BYK-Gardner Q.C. Instruments – True Digital Masters
Customer Service Award – Sponsored by BMS
Highly commended - Fujichem Sonneborn Ltd – Servicing its Customers on a Shared Path to Success!
Winner - AkzoNobel – Transformation of a Paints Business
Excellence in Training Award - Sponsored by Cogent Skills
Highly commended - AkzoNobel Dulux Academy – The Home Of Painting & Decorating Excellence
Highly commended - Ricoh UK Products LTD – Customer Advanced Waveform Training
Winner - Fujichem Sonneborn Ltd – Training with a Purpose, Training for the Future
Young Leader of the Year Award - Sponsored by Fenton Packaging
Winner - Fine Décor Wallcoverings Ltd – Alison Henshaw
Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Highly commended - Paint 360 Limited – Ticking the Right Boxes
Winner - HMG Paints Ltd – Paint the Town Green Campaign
Winner - PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland) – Community Engagement Programme
Student of the Year Award – Sponsored by Synthomer
Winner - Darren James – HMG Paints
Coatings Care Progress Award
Winner - Tor Coatings, Chester-le-Street
Coatings Care Overall Best Performer Award
Winner - Crown Paints, Hull