The accolade, a ‘mark of excellence’ which has aimed to distinguish Britain’s top furnishing manufacturers since 1993, was presented by the Manufacturing Guild Mark chairman Ben Burbidge to Julian Lee, head of manufacturing operations at Howdens Joinery.
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The Manufacturing Guild Mark is Sponsored by Biesse Group and Lectra, and awarded to companies that demonstrate high standards across seven assessment criteria: design, product development and function, manufacture, human resources, financial stability, sustainability and sales and marketing.
Burbidge said: “Congratulations to Howdens Joinery for successfully passing the independent audit to be awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark. The seven criteria that each company is assessed against results in a complete check of the whole business. To pass each one is a real achievement and something all staff at the business can be proud of.”
Lee said: ‘’We are incredibly pleased and honoured to be awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark as a mark of excellence in our manufacturing team and operations. As the UK’s largest kitchen manufacturer, we are very proud of our British manufacturing heritage and continue to heavily invest and develop our operation, people and products.
“We believe we have a fantastic culture and there is something worthwhile for all concerned with our business, we pride ourselves on the trade quality of our products, innovative design, use of materials and manufacturing processes with a continuous improvement mentality focussed on delivering for our depots, the builder and their customers.
“This award acknowledges the exemplary standards to which our teams operate in order to deliver the best kitchens and joinery products to our customer.’’