Pledge Virtual Awards 2020 – Open for Entries

Entries for the ceramic industry Health & Safety Pledge Awards 2020 are now open.

Like many businesses, we’ve had to adapt to the current circumstances and this year the awards will be presented online for the first time.

This year’s event, which will be held on Thursday, October 15, will feature a virtual presentation ceremony, along with a number of special guest speakers.

The Pledge Awards are completely free to enter and are designed to formally recognise the very best Health & Safety initiatives from across the ceramic manufacturing sector.

As well as the usual Open Category, Individual Recognition and Contractor awards, this year an Individual Recognition award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Company/Community during the COVID-19 Crisis’ will be presented. Once again, we will also be presenting the Pledge Award of Excellence to the most outstanding Open Category entry.

We welcome applications from all British Ceramic Confederation members, wherever you are on your Health & Safety journey. If you have not entered before or would like support with your entry please get in touch. More information on plans for the presentation ceremony will be circulated to members over the coming weeks. We are looking forward to recognising all the good work that has gone on in our member companies in the last 12 months.

Details of the entry criteria and application forms are available here. Please email completed entries to Sonia Mayer by 5 pm on Monday, August 31.

Announcing the launch of our new website

We are excited to announce that our new and improved website is now live at

The updated British Ceramic Confederation website features a sleek, contemporary design, clearer navigation and is fully optimised for viewing on mobile devices for improved performance.

The site also includes quicker member log-in, easy access buttons to join or upgrade membership and real time social media updates.

In the Topic Resources section, we’ve uploaded a number of documents under a wide range of key topics, from Energy and Emissions to Trade and added a search tool to make it easier to find the information you need.

There is also an improved contact page, enabling users to direct queries according to interest (e.g. Climate Policy, Health and Safety etc.) and find out how to get in touch with our team.

You can also view our upcoming events, keep up with our latest news and learn more about the British Ceramic Confederation and our member companies.

Important note for account holders

Over the next few days, account holders will receive an automated email inviting you to set up an account for the new website. Please use the first, longer, link in the email you’ll receive to set the password for your new account.

We hope you like the new site, and if you have any feedback please do let us know.

PRESS RELEASE: Ceramics leaders welcome Chancellor’s summer statement

The British Ceramic Confederation has welcomed the Chancellor’s summer statement aimed at helping the economy recover from the impacts of coronavirus.

The announcement of the government’s plans to offer a stamp duty holiday for home buyers on the first £500k are particularly welcome and should provide a much-needed boost to house-builders and construction products suppliers, including UK manufacturers of bricks, clay roof and ceramic wall tiles, clay drainage pipes and sanitaryware.

Dr Laura Cohen, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, said, “The Chancellor’s announcements are welcome and will provide much-needed confidence among our members as they look to recover from the coronavirus crisis.

Dr Cohen added, “The stimulus to the housing market is good news, however, it will be crucial that UK ceramic manufactured products rather than imports contribute to building our durable, sustainable homes.”

In addition, the temporary reduction in VAT from 20% to 5% for food and accommodation in the hospitality and tourism sectors and the “Eat Out to Help Out” discount will be welcomed by British ceramic cateringware manufacturers, who have seen demand for their high-quality tableware drop dramatically during coronavirus closures.

Described as a ‘plan for jobs’, the Chancellor also confirmed a financial incentive for employers to bring employees back from furlough with a £1,000 bonus paid per employee, along with cash incentives for offering quality traineeships and apprenticeships for young people. Under a new ‘kick-start’ scheme, a government fund will subsidise six-month work placements for people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24.

Dr Cohen said, “The additional funding for the kickstart scheme, in addition to traineeships and apprenticeships, provide a very welcome opportunity for manufacturing to build talent pipelines and address future skills shortages by supporting the development of high calibre young people keen to work in our industry. The incentive to bring back employees from furlough will also help retain valued skilled staff. However, we need the government to ensure our British manufacturers are able to not only survive but thrive, so they can provide these jobs in the long-term.”

She added, “The next few months will be critical for our sector. To really help our industry we need the government to agree and ratify a trade deal with the EU by the end of the year and be unashamedly supportive of British manufacturing in public procurement.”


For further information please contact Laura Cohen, Chief Executive, British Ceramic Confederation, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA.

Tel:  01782 572845 M: 07827 358613

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Notes to editors

The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacturing, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.