Picture above: Saint-Gobain’s Mark Beaumont, Paul Frankish and Chris Cook accept the Strengthening People Through Business Award at the 2018 Glass Focus Awards, run by British Glass.

Flat glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Building Glass is celebrating winning the Strengthening People Through Business Award at the 2018 Glass Focus Awards, run by British Glass, which has also appointed Steve Severs, managing director of Saint-Gobain Building Glass, as its new president.

The award win comes after the company commissioned a full review of its business processes, and then set about empowering local teams to build their vision of the best way to provide the service-driven delivery Saint-Gobain is committed to.

Staff were asked for ideas from current and previous workplaces and undertook a total of 1,300 hours of external training. A team of 35 documented the existing working practices, envisaged the ideal way forward, and was allowed to put this into reality.

Steve Severs says: “I am proud and honoured to take up the role as President of British Glass and help to continue to raise standards in the industry. I am also delighted that the team has won this award. Visibility and communication between disciplines has massively increased, together with respect for colleagues’ challenges and a willingness to work together. Despite exceptional market forces and multiple manufacturing issues, this has enabled strong decision making, higher levels of customer satisfaction, lower stocks and a much calmer, in-control mood in all corners of the business.”

Taking place at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield on Thursday 22 November, 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 Glass Focus Awards aim to showcase the outstanding breadth and quality of achievement in the glass industry and are organised by British Glass.

Also announced on November 22, at the British Glass Annual General Meeting, was the election of Saint-Gobain Building Glass managing director Steve Severs as the new president of British Glass for a two-year term, effective from January 1, 2019.

Mr Severs’ appointment will see him join the trade organisation’s board and work with his industry colleagues to raise the profile of the industry as a whole. He will take over from Encirc managing director, Adrian Curry.

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.


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