VIDEO: Workers at Denby firm praised by PM

Workers at a Denby plastics firm have been praised by David Cameron for their work in helping the company to expand.

During a visit to HL Plastics on Denby Hall Business Park on Friday, May 9 the Prime Minister was introduced to company bosses and held a Q&A session for around 75 staff in one of the firm’s warehouses.

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In March, the News told how the firm was investing £1 million in new machinery to help keep up with demand for its products.

Revenues at the firm, which produces parts for windows, doors, conservatories, fencing, decking and piling stood at £48 million in 2013, up from £31 million in 2011, an increase of 55 per cent.

Mr Cameron praised the company’s progress and said he hoped that other firms across the country could replicate its success.

He said: “Thank you to this firm and everyone who works here for the expansion you have undertaken in the last few years - because frankly that’s what we need more of in Britain.

“I’ve said that we need to grow our economy but we also need to re-balance it.”

Asked by one worker why he had chosen to visit the firm, Mr Cameron replied: “I wanted to come and see a business that is growing and expanding and try and listen to the team here.

“I’m here to learn and here to listen.

“I wanted to find out if there and more things we as a Government can do to help.

“I’m getting a very loud message about the cost of energy and that’s something I’m keen to address in the budget.”

Mr Cameron’s visit comes as preparations are underway for the local and European elections at the end of May.

HL Plastics employs around 450 people at its Denby offices and manufacturing plant – 170 more than three years ago.

It was founded in 1974 and moved to a purpose-built factory in Denby in 2007.