Award nomination for HPP

Date published: 16 April 2018

Furniture industry doors, boards and fittings supplier Hill’s Panel Products (HPP) has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Insider Made In The North West Awards 2018.

The Oldham-based company is a finalist in the category for Manufacturer of the Year (turnover over £25m).

The annual awards organised by Insider Media, publisher of Insider business magazine, highlight the pivotal role that manufacturing plays in the North West economy. 

HPP has its’ head office and manufacturing site in Oldham with a second distribution centre in Sheffield.

It has over 2,000 UK trade customers and 200 staff.

The company serves the national kitchen and bedroom fitting industry, manufacturing its own products and additionally distributing others from major brands across the world.

The Made In The North West Award judges are looking for companies that can clearly demonstrate excellence, sales growth, increased international trade and regional economic impact during the qualifying period.

HPP’s entry submission highlights a range of successes in the past 12 months.

Despite recent economic uncertainty over Brexit, the family-owned company has achieved a significant increase in turnover, invested over £2million across the business, created jobs in a range of manufacturing and support roles including IT, sales, marketing and logistics; and strengthened its emphasis on providing excellent service to trade customers across the UK.

HPP has a wide selection of its’ own British-made quality manufactured products, backed-up with distribution of industry-recognised European brands, coupled with after-sales and marketing resources.

Keith Wardrope, managing director at HPP, said: “It’s a great achievement for the company to be a finalist in the Insider Made In The North West Awards.

"Success would send out a strong, positive message about our contribution to manufacturing locally, regionally and nationally, as well as recognition to our staff, customers and suppliers that whilst we’ve been quietly going about our business over the last few years, we believe now is our time to shine.

"We take great pride in what we do and are proud of our progress and business success to date.”

There are 11 categories in the Made In The North West Awards highlighting a range of manufacturing specialisms including digital engineering and technology, automotive industry, supply chains, exports, apprenticeships, training, food and drink, and collaborative work.

The ultimate regional winners will be unveiled at the awards dinner in the Lowry Hotel, Manchester, on Thursday, May 10.

The regional winners of this year's Insider awards will automatically go on the national grand final of the Made In The UK Awards later this year, where the best of British manufacturing will be celebrated.