Flat glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Glass is having a double celebration after it came top in two categories at the Glass Focus Awards 2017.
The business was named Company of the Year at the award ceremony for its commitment to the continued improvement in its production facility, focus on sustainability in reducing environmental impacts and also enhancing the wellbeing of its staff.
Reducing energy consumption of its furnace, making healthier meals and snacks available on site and recently delivering its first year with zero tonnes of waste going to landfill are just some of the initiative that led judges to crown Saint-Gobain winner of the top accolade.
Meanwhile, electrical maintenance apprentice Samantha Coolledge beat off stiff competition to take home the Apprentice of the Year award, with judges particularly impressed by her leadership and project management skills.
In their remarks the judging panel, which was made up of six experts from across the glass sector and its customers, also praised Samantha for her positivity and ability to be proactive in every task she undertakes.
The Glass Focus Awards aim to showcase the outstanding breadth and quality of achievement in the glass industry and are organised by British Glass. The glazing industry’s representative body, British Glass works with all parts of the supply chain to ensure that glass manufacturing, particularly in the UK, has the resources, influence and skills to remain commercially successful, innovative and sustainable.
Taking place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Thursday 15 June, the award ceremony included six categories open to all companies working in or with glass manufacturing, covering areas including health and safety, sustainability, innovation and apprenticeships. The seventh award, British Glass’ Company of the Year, is chosen from the British Glass members who entered in any of the other categories.
Presenting the Company of the Year award to Saint-Gobain, British Glass chief executive Dave Dalton said: “British Glass’ ability to represent and serve the UK glass industry depends directly on our relationship with members – their participation is the foundation of our credibility and influence. Over the past year Saint-Gobain has been a proactive force in the British Glass membership – involved in shaping our industry’s response to key challenges at a strategic and a practical level. I’m pleased to recognise that commitment with this award.”
Following her win, Samantha is on track to complete her electrical maintenance apprenticeship later this month, and has already secured a full-time job as an electrical trade operator on the company’s float line. In the autumn, she will be invited to the Glass Sellers banquet at the Mansion House in London to receive the Worshipful Company’s Apprentice award as the livery company works to stimulate interest in all aspects of glass with a special emphasis on education.