The ROCCO Awards, hosted this year by Fred MacAulay and headline sponsored by Reid Kerr College, celebrate business excellence in Renfrewshire, and specifically for SLG’s nominated category, company culture was a main focus. The winner had to demonstrate an approach to business based on encouraging employee development, creativity and empowerment; SLG’s dedication to developing an SVQ in Leather Production highlights their continued commitment to staff. It was a real triumph for SLG, with their category including major players Diageo and IQA Group.  At last year’s ROCCO Awards, the Group won the ‘Best Environmental Performance’ Award.

SLG comprises Bridge of Weir Leather Company, Andrew Muirhead & Son, NCT Leather, W.J & W Lang and SLG Technology. The Group supports some 650 employees, exports to over 60 countries and is the largest supplier of bovine leather in the UK. Their ROCCO success is timely as one of the Group’s subsidiaries, Bridge of Weir Leather, recently won two prestigious awards: Corporate Social Responsibility Award at Volvo Supplier Excellence Awards and the President’s Award at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards.

SLG’s position as a leader in the leather industry is reflected in their £6million ($10 million) , privately funded Thermal Energy Plant. This investment, launched in July 2010, has been crucial in catalysing their zero waste strategy.

Group managing director, Iain McFadyen commented: ‘Recognition at the ROCCO Awards for a second year running is testament to the ongoing efforts of the Group in all aspects of business. Our continual investment in our employees, technology and products will ensure we remain at the forefront of leather manufacturing and will assist us in developing the business in-line with customer needs.’