MPs visit Crown Paints to discuss innovation

Crown Paints invited Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen, and Liz Truss, chief secretary to the treasury, to tour its Darwen headquarters, talk with employees and discuss innovation in the North.

During the visit to the paint manufacturing facility, the MPs met with Crown Paints managing director Philip Cefai, marketing director, decorative Europe Liz Hickson, and manufacturing director Ellis Mudd.

The pair 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 gave the visitors an insight into how it is meeting the demands of the modern paints and coatings industry, driving product innovation, supporting young people entering the industry, and leading the way in sustainability with its earthbalance scheme.

I was impressed by the company’s innovative spirit and fresh ideas.

Liz Truss said: “Crown Paints has a distinguished history and I was impressed by the company’s innovative spirit and fresh ideas during my visit. I valued the opportunity to answer questions from the staff on a range of issues and discuss their priorities for the future.”

Jake Berry added: “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 added: “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.

"That’s why we’re proud to be leading the way on sustainability measures such as our decision to launch paint containers made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, and our unique social enterprise scheme, NIMTECH, which provides employment and training for long-term unemployed people."

Crown 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.