Representatives of British Glass were delighted to join our Apprentice of the year, Gareth Owen of O-I Glass UK, as he was honoured at The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers March Livery dinner.
Apprentice of the year is a dual award from British Glass and the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London and is presented at the Glass Focus awards each year.
The Livery dinner was held at the unique Merchant Taylor’s Hall in Threadneedle Street, London.
The historic Hall has been on the same site since 1347 despite being burned down in the Great Fire of London and suffering bomb damage during the Second World War in 1940.
Drinks were hosted in the Hall’s internal courtyard, adapted for all weather use with a glass enclosure, before guests sat down to dinner in the Dining Room.
Following dinner Gareth was presented with the engraved rose bowl by principal guest Dame Esther Rantzen and Glass Master, Leigh Baildham.
After attending the event, British Glass’ Commercial Director Gareth Jones said:
“British Glass is proud to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Gareth – a worthy winner.
“He and his contemporaries are the up and coming talent in the glass industry and it’s them who will ensure the future prosperity of glass manufacturing in the UK.”
The role of the Glass Sellers livery company includes: building relationships within the company, the City of London and the wider glass industry, stimulating interest in all aspects of glass, and charitable works - with a special emphasis on education.