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Family Business Top 100 Recognition For John Falder

We are delighted to announce that John Falder of HMG Paints has been included within the inaugural Family Business United ‘Family Business Top 100,’ which recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their work within a family business.

Recognition in respect of:

  • Inspirational Leadership

  • Sustainable Development Ambassador

  • Champion of Change & Innovation

  • Multi-Generational Family Business Leader

To say that John has been in the paint industry and his family business for almost his whole life would almost be an understatement, as he started at HMG when he was about 7, accompanying his father and grandfather, Herbert Falder, founder of H. Marcel Guest, on Saturday mornings to go and help.

“My very first job was sticking on labels, and packing tubes of adhesive this was fantastic, and a good Saturday morning which involved me earning some wages (2 shillings and 6 old pence to be exact), which were spent later in the day at a local toy shop,” said John in a recent interview.

After John graduated from Bangor University in chemistry and marine biology, he started his full-time career in HMG at 21 years old and remains a huge part of the business 46 years later, stepping down as Managing Director in 2021 and becoming Chairman.

In 2021 John Falder was awarded the paint industries highest honour with a lifetime achievement award from the British Coatings Federation.

"John is a great example of someone that has dedicated his career to the family business and embraced each and every opportunity along the way. He thoroughly deserves recognition and his place in the Family Business Top 100."


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