The Cornwall Group has been nominated in two categories at the G21 Awards, for Best Glass Company and Best Training & Development Initiative.

Group chairman Mark Mitchell said: “We have worked very hard over the last 18 months to manage our supply chains, and to minimise disruption for our customers, despite one of the most challenging periods the industry has ever experienced.

“We completed a six-figure investment in our processing operation in June, increasing our capacity, and we have introduced new supply partnerships from around the globe in order to meet growing demand in the UK, resulting in record levels of stock throughout lockdown,” he continued. “This included more than 80,000m2 of product and 200 plus glass types at our 37,000ft2 purpose-built Bristol site.

“Our significant investment in Highbridge will give us the capability to increase manufacture of specialist glass and create up to 30 new jobs, and we have also expanded our successful apprenticeship scheme, a key element of our strategy for growth post-Covid.”

Operating across three divisions, Cornwall Glass Manufacturing, Cornwall Glass and Glazing and its merchanting business, Mackenzie Glass, Cornwall Group has continued to invest throughout the pandemic, including a £6m spend to expand capacity at its Highbridge facility near Weston-super-Mare.

The Group also created opportunities for 10 new apprenticeships in January this year as part of its continuing commitment to training and development. 

The Cornwall Group Apprenticeship Journey is an occupational competency training and assessment programme designed to highlight and promote a career in the glass industry. The 10 new apprenticeships created at the start of 2021, means that Cornwall Group now has 20 individuals enrolled in the programme.