Local PVCu window manufacturer HL Plastics is passionate about the people of the East Midlands and what it does. At the beginning of March, the company and two of its apprentices were up against some of the best companies and people in the Midlands for prestigious awards – and they brought home a trifecta!
One of the biggest employers in Amber Valley, HL Plastics is passionate about its people, the local community and the innovation it invests in its Liniar-branded product ranges. One of its most significant objectives is to provide opportunities for young people in the community and existing employees through apprenticeships. In February, Training Coordinator for HL Plastics Paula Wright was notified that two of the company’s apprentices, Belinda Doyle and Jodi Storer, were shortlisted for awards in the Made in the Midlands Apprenticeship Awards. These awards were in partnership with CT Skills, an apprenticeship provider in the area with over 3,000 apprentices in placement throughout the East Midlands. It was an incredible honour for two of HL Plastics’ apprentices to be shortlisted for these awards.
On the day, Belinda and Jodi were accompanied by HLP’s Training Co-ordinator Paula Wright, Logistics Director Jeff Newton and Admin Manager Amanda Walker. Belinda was delighted to discover she’d won the Respect award, along with an £80 voucher to Zizzi’s restaurant.
Whilst at the awards ceremony, HL Plastics was announced as the winner for the Made in the Midlands Partnership award. Since the company hadn’t entered any awards for itself, this was a total surprise for the team!
The organisers behind the awards told us why they’d chosen HL Plastics for the honour: “HL Plastics’ relationship with CT Skills has been built over several years and the support the company gives to its apprentices is excellent.”
Cath Albans, CT Skills’ Key Account Manager commented, “The Partnership Award isn’t just about apprenticeships, it’s about working together with our employer community to support those in less fortunate positions across our region. HL Plastics as a company is a fantastic example of this – their commitment to their learners and their partnership with us is exemplary.”
Manufacturer of the Year Award
HL Plastics is a PVCu windows manufacturer which invests heavily in innovation to help make our homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, while lowering our energy bills and protecting the environment. For this reason and many others, it entered the Manufacturer of the Year award for the Midlands Business Awards.
On the same day they’d received the Apprenticeship and Partnership awards, HL Plastics’ Business Development Director Tony Basile and Business Development Manager Charlotte Curtis attended another awards event where the company was shortlisted. Joined by two other prestigious manufacturers in the region – including one which has been in operation for over a century – it was an incredible honour for HL Plastics to be named Midlands Business Awards’ 2019 Manufacturer of the Year. The judging panel concluded that HL Plastics’ innovation and the passion showed by the company’s employees made it their pick for the overall winner of the category.
Charlotte commented, “The panel interview for the award was quite daunting, but we’d done our preparation and had all of our key statistics to hand. The 20-minute interview time flew by, and the interviewers asked so many questions that we ended up running over by 10 minutes, so we knew it had gone well – but we didn’t expect to win, so it was a fantastic surprise on the night!”
One of the largest employers in the Amber Valley with over 500 staff, HL Plastics and sister company Avantek Machinery are based in Denby.