UK Coatings industry awards recognises excellence after a challenging 18 months

19 October 2021

The winners of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Awards 2021 were announced on 14th of October at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. Almost 300 delegates were there to watch the 12 winners announced across 11 categories.

Tom Bowtell, BCF Chief Executive said "After a really challenging time for our industry, it was great to come together face to face and celebrate the achievements of our member companies. It is also exciting to see so much young talent in our sector, demonstrated particularly in our Apprentice of the Year and Young Leader of the Year categories. Many congratulations to all those who were shortlisted, but especially to the winners”.

The evening opened with the Sustainable Innovation Award, won by PPG Automotive Refinish for MOONWALK™. The sustainability theme carried on through the evening with the Coatings Care Progress Award, and the Coatings Care Overall Best Performer Award, awarded to Crown Paints, Hull and Teal & Mackrill Hull respectively. The Corporate Social Responsibility Award was taken home by HMG Paints for their "First Thing – Sanitiser” campaign.

Celebrating individuals within the industry who have gone above and beyond were the Apprentice of the Year Award, won by George O’Reilly from IPL, Young Leader of the Year Award, won by Natalie Hood from Jotun Paints Europe and Student of the Year Award, which saw Linda Ferrante, from Fujichem Sonneborn win. The Award for Excellence in Training was won by U-Pol.

The Customer Service Award saw two winners, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, Dulux Decorator Centres, and Sun Chemical. For Marketing Campaign of the Year, it was the Leyland Trade Smart launch that took home the award for PPG. Diversity and Inclusion, which was a new Award in 2019, was awarded to UL.

The BCF would like to thank our Award sponsors, BASF, DPO, Fenton Packaging, LKAB, Stort Chemicals, Synthomer, The Paint Foundation, Tradebe and Verlingue for their support.


BCF Award Winners 2021

Sustainable Innovation Award 2021

PPG Automotive Refinish – MOONWALK™

Sponsored by Tradebe

Customer Service Award 2021

Sun Chemical

AkzoNobel Decorative Paints – Dulux Decorator Centre

Excellence in Training Award 2021


Young Leader of the Year Award 2021

Natalie Hood from Jotun Paints Europe

Sponsored by Fenton Packaging

Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2021

HMG Paints

Marketing Campaign of the Year Award 2021

PPG – Leyland Trade Smart launch

Diversity and Inclusion Award 2021


Sponsored by BASF

Apprentice of the Year Award 2021

George O’Reilly from IPL

Sponsored by Stort Chemicals

Student of the Year Award 2021

Linda Ferrante from Fujichem Sonnerborn

Sponsored by Synthomer

Coatings Care Progress Award 2021

Crown Paints – Hull

Sponsored by The Paint Foundation

Coatings Care Overall Best Performer Award 2021

Teal & Mackrill – Hull

Sponsored by Verlingue

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