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Pride of Burnley company boss who backed enterprise
THE BOSS of Burnley’s biggest private employer has heralded the town after it was named as the UK’s most enterprising area.
Dave Jones, managing director at VEKA UK, said he was ‘extremely proud’ to be part of the team that entered Burnley for the award.
The firm employs a 400-strong workforce at its PVC-U manufacturing plant in the Rossendale Road Industrial Estate.
Mr Jones is a founding member of the Burnley Bondholders scheme, which entered the town into this year’s awards.
He said: “The VEKA UK Group has always promoted Burnley as a place for business.
“We have been a huge part of Lancashire's manufacturing heritage for 27 years.
“And during 2011, following the acquisition of the £58 million Bowater Building Projects, we helped Burnley to become home to the UK's largest systems manufacturer.
“Burnley's win for most enterprising area in the UK is a fantastic accolade and we are unequivocally proud of our town for being recognised for that.
“The firm is currently partway through an ambitious £10m investment programme, which it hopes will ‘future-proof’ the business along with a new £4m mixing plant and its recently-opened quality control lab.
Burnley was named the UK’s most enterprising area by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on Tuesday.
Mr Jones said: “This award reflects Burnley's growing stature in showing the way to the rest of the country in promoting manufacturing in Britain and puts us on the map as a place where enterprise and innovation is thriving. It also highlights once again what a fantastic, successful town we have – one that the VEKA UK Group is extremely proud to be a part of.”
Since 1986, the VEKA’s Burnley site has grown from 30,000 sq ft to its current size of 370,000 sq ft and as well as producing window systems, the firm is also now a major player in the composite doors market.
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