Charles and Andy Coward have been appointed as joint managing directors of family-owned Hillbrush, the specialist brush manufacturer, following the move of current MD Philip Coward to become chairman of the company.
Philip’s son Charles is currently commercial director of Hillbrush, overseeing sales and marketing operations, while his nephew, Andy, joined Hillbrush in 2016 as IT and finance director.
Hillbrush, which was established in Wiltshire in 1922, now manufactures more than 2000 products, from traditional brooms through to specialist cleaning tools for janitorial, food manufacturing and HORECA sectors, which are distributed to more than 90 countries.
As part of its plans for continuous product innovation, Hillbrush opened a new manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Mere in Wiltshire in 2017 which incorporates a visitor centre, brush museum, restaurant, and shop. The company employs more than 100 people.
Philip Coward said: “After 44 years with Hillbrush and many of those as managing director, the time is right for me to hand over to the next generation of our family. Youth is important in any organisation and both Charlie and Andy are well qualified to drive Hillbrush forward. While we have our heritage in traditional brush-making we have developed some innovative new products in the last few years including specialist cleaning tools for high risk hygiene food manufacturing. Developing new markets and opportunities such as these will support our future expansion - these are exciting times for Hillbrush.”
The photo shows: Charles and Andy Coward, the new joint managing directors of Hillbrush.