Leading UK furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens received a visit from Anthea McIntyre MEP this week. After winning the EEF Manufacturing Regional Award for People Management Anthea contacted Mereway to arrange to visit the company.

“During the visit Anthea made some very nice comments about Mereway” says Bob Norris who, alongside his brother Richard, is Joint Managing Director. “She particularly emphasised
the fact that it was very encouraging to see a British Manufacturer doing so well in the
current economic climate.”

Mereway owners Bob and Richard Norris briefed Anthea on Mereway’s history and growth since the company was founded in 1986, undertook a comprehensive tour of the factory and then introduced some of the employees involved with the projects for which they won the award.

Anthea represents the West Midlands – the manufacturing heart of the UK – and is  the Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament.
The annual business awards are hosted by EEF, the UK manufacturers' organisation, and recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers.  Mereway proudly beat a host of well-known companies including Jaguar, Land Rover and Rolls Royce to win this prestigious award. 

Projects included focusing on production process, implementing lean business improvement techniques and improving factory layout to reduce waste. The company introduced a major training programme which improved employee morale and motivation, and targeted new market opportunities, implementing new branding to reach new audiences and create opportunities for growth.

“We were delighted to receive a visit from Anthea, ” Bob Norris commented, “it was good to be able to talk to an MEP who understands the problems of businesses like ours which often struggle with the amount of new legislation and red tape that comes out of Europe.”