Awards boost for Hill's

Date published: 14 May 2018

Furniture industry doors, boards and fittings supplier Hill’s Panel Products (HPP) was among the region’s top manufacturers chosen as finalists for the Insider Made In The North West Awards 2018.

The Oldham-based company was a shortlisted finalist in the category for Manufacturer of the Year (turnover over £25m) which was ultimately won by Merseyside shipbuilders and repair company Cammell Laird.

The annual Made In The North West awards 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.

HPP’s entry submission highlighted various successes in the past 12 months.

The family-owned company, led by Stephen Hill, Martin Hill and managing director Keith Wardrope, 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, marketing and logistics; and strengthened its service to trade customers across the UK.

Keith Wardrope, managing director at HPP, said: “It was a great achievement for the company to be a finalist.

"It sent out a positive message about our contribution to manufacturing locally, regionally and nationally, as well as recognition to our staff, customers and suppliers.

"We take great pride in our progress and business success to date.”

There were 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 ceremony was held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.