Clearview National November 2017 - Issue 192 - Page 26

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS Lord Digby Jones praises new Liniar House Business magnate Lord Digby Jones officially opened Liniar House, the new 178,000ft² facility and jewel in the crown of HL Plastics. He praised the company’s development over more than 40 years as ‘a fabulous story’. » » MORE THAN 150 INVITED GUESTS attended the event in Denby, Derbyshire, for the opening of Liniar House - the home of the company’s new warehouse, training centre and showrooms. Chief executive officer Roger Hartshorn opened proceedings, describing the history and ethos of the company while referring to the impressive timeline that adorns the walls of the new Liniar showroom and charts more than four decades of growth. Roger, who thanked individuals in the company, said it made a huge contribution, especially to the local economy. He said: “Since 1988 we have built 14 new industrial buildings within a five-mile radius - a total of one million sq ft. Liniar House itself has been built in the worst recession in living memory.” Alongside this, the company has set up its own Liniar Training Academy offering training to develop installers as well as recruitment activities in schools and colleges. The Academy will have a 6,500 sq ft training facility fitted out with dummy walls. Roger said it was early in 2014 when construction started on Liniar House, and at times, getting the project completed had felt like a ‘long, drawn-out process.’ But he added: “HL Plastics now has the most integrated, well invested single site PVCu facility in the UK. Liniar House will take customer relations to a new level, and I am confident the strength of HL and its staff will continue to thrive with the facilities and culture we have created.” Roger introduced special guest Lord Digby Jones, the former Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) – the UK’s ‘voice of business.’ He was also Business Ambassador of UK Trade and Investment. Delivering an inspirational and entertaining speech, Lord Digby Jones told employees they were among ‘the most important people in the country’ who created wealth and opportunity 26 » N OV 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M for their communities and ultimately the whole nation. He described his own rise to success from ‘a Brummie who got a scholarship to