Plastics innovation to be celebrated with Horners Award

THE Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) are seeking entries for this year’s Horners Award for Polymer Innovation and Design.

They are keen to receive entries that use plastic, either in a product or as part of a process involving plastic. Judges are looking for innovations that push the boundaries and have excellent commercial potential.

The last winner of the award was Engineered Foam Products for its development of the HOTBIN Mini, a small composting bin filling a gap in the composting market for smaller households.

The deadline to receive entries is July 30.

BPF director general Philip Law said, “Innovation is crucial to business survival and in keeping ahead of the game. The Horners Award brings together the best in plastics innovation from across the UK, showing how innovative plastic designs save lives, help reduce environmental impacts and enhance commercial enterprises. Going from strength to strength this award reflects just how important plastic is for modern innovations.”

Master of the Horners, Martin Muirhead, added, “We look forward to continuing the tradition of the Horners Award, which helps to celebrate some of the fantastic innovation occurring across the plastics industry within the UK. It has been a challenging time for every industry, and we are keen to recognise the achievements that have occurred despite the setbacks we all face from the coronavirus pandemic. The award offers us a much-welcome chance to celebrate positive innovations in the industry.”

Submissions can be made online at or via email to