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Crown invites politicians to discuss innovation in the North of England

Published: 17 April 2019 - Fiona Garcia
Liz Truss MP and Jake Berry MP visit Crown
Liz Truss MP and Jake Berry MP visit Crown's site in Darwen

Crown Paints recently welcomed MP for Rossendale and Darwen Jake Berry and chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss MP, to its UK headquarters in Darwen, Lancashire, to take a tour of the paint manufacturing facility and attend a Q&A session with Crown employees.

During the course of the visit, Mr Berry and Ms Truss met with Crown Paints managing director Philip Cefai, marketing director, decorative Europe Liz Hickson, and manufacturing director Ellis Mudd, who accompanied the two MPs on the factory tour.

The MPs also met with Crown employees from across the business for a Q&A, answering questions about innovation in the north of England, the future of the UK economy and how the government’s upcoming spending review will affect people across the North.

Crown Paints employs 500 people at its Darwen headquarters, a further 126 at its Hull manufacturing facility, and 541 across its network of 140 Crown Decorating Centres. The company has been part of the Hempel Group, a world-leading supplier of trusted coating solutions, since 2011.

The paint manufacturer said it was able to give the visiting VIPs an insight into how Crown Paints is meeting the demands of the modern paints and coatings industry, driving product innovation, and supporting young people entering the industry.

Touring the site, Jake Berry commented: “Historic manufacturing companies like Crown are a vital part of the economy of the North of England, creating jobs and driving innovation, so it was wonderful to meet staff from across the spectrum of the business and discuss some of the issues that are important to them.”

Crown Paints managing director Philip Cefai said: “We were very pleased that Ms Truss and Mr Berry accepted our invitation to visit our factory and headquarters, and we’re grateful that they took the time answer some of our employees’ questions.

“At Crown, we pride ourselves on being not just a leading employer in our community, but on our commitment to excellence across all parts of the business… I hope that Ms Truss and Mr Berry left with a sense of how companies like ours can set the standard for businesses in the UK.”

 

 

 

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