Businessman Brian G Newell, the founder and chairman of Chorley-based ceramic cladding firm Shackerley Holdings Group Limited, has received an unprecedented award from the British Standards Institution.
BSI works with over 10,000 committee members, all experts in their respective fields, to develop globally recognised best practice codes and standards that help to improve business.
At the 2014 Standards Forum held in London, Mr Newell was presented with an inaugural BSI International Standards Maker award, in recognition of his “significant contribution to the development of European and international standards” for the worldwide ceramics industry.
Mr Newell is renowned for his technical expertise in the specification, manufacture and installation of ceramic products, having worked in the industry for over 50 years.
The business, on Wigan Road, Euxton, has evolved from a small tiling contracting company into the UK’s market leading supplier of ceramic ventilated facade systems.
For the past three decades he has also been heavily involved in the creation and development of the standards that underpin every aspect of the ceramic tiling industry.
Mr Newell said: “I’m passionate about my work at Shackerley and extremely proud of what we have achieved, especially in recent years with our ceramic granite cladding systems, but I’m equally passionate about, and committed to, my standards work.
“Being able to improve the core standards of quality and safety that underpin one’s industry and spreading the message of Best Practice across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world is extremely rewarding in its own right. That said, I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this award.”