VEKA UK flies the flag for Lancashire in more ways than one
January 2, 2020
As an official Patron for Lancashire Business Day 2019, November 27th saw VEKA join other proud regional businesses in celebrating all the heritage, innovation and opportunity that Lancashire is known for.
MD Dave Jones says: “The ‘Red Rose’ county is a phenomenal place to live and work, and Lancashire Business Day gave us yet another opportunity to sing its praises.
“Here at VEKA, we raised the Lancashire flag in place of our usual VEKA diamond and we had a company-wide Lancashire-themed ‘bake off’ with all proceeds going to MIND; our nominated charity for the year. The winning cake was presented as a hot pot – and you can’t get much more Lancastrian than that!
“Throughout the day, staff members took part in events and discussions across the county, including the Patron’s ‘Round Table’ at Samlesbury Hall, where our Marketing Director Dawn Stockell represented VEKA UK. The group discussed Lancashire’s many world-class qualities and its ‘powerhouse’ status, as well as considering ways that we might come together with a single voice and mission to best promote the County.
“I joined the audience at Holmes Mill where Lancashire’s county-wide bid for ‘UK City of Culture 2025’ was announced. This is the first bid of its kind; an exciting, more inclusive prospect, highlighting the combination of Lancashire’s rural beauty, coastal communities and glittering cities, rather than having a single urban focus.
“The day culminated in the Lancashire Business Day Event held at one of Burnley’s newest premier venues, the Crow Wood Hotel. The event brought the business community together to hear high profile speakers and take part in in-depth panel discussions focusing on the issues affecting Lancashire businesses.
“We are incredibly proud to support this event, as we are proud to continue championing our region as a Burnley Bondholder and an official Lancashire Ambassador. Lancashire is not only home to the VEKA UK factory, but also to most of our hardworking employees, and we are all striving to see this cracking county get the recognition it deserves.
“Marketing Lancashire put together a video with Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff which stated that Lancashire was the ‘birthplace of the industrial revolution, and we haven’t stopped since’. A sentiment that I think perfectly represents the county, its manufacturing prowess and the business community’s commitment to continuous, unwavering evolution and innovation.”
VEKA UK is a major manufacturer and valued employer for the region. The company was named ‘Manufacturing Business of the Year’ at the 2019 Red Rose Business awards and ‘Employer of the Year’ at the same event in 2018. Offering exceptional career opportunities, VEKA UK is part of the global VEKA Group which celebrates 50 years in business this year and employs 5500 people worldwide.