Princess Royal visits Wollaston's Scott Bader for its centenary celebrations

The company's CEO said they were 'privileged and honoured' to receive a visit from Princess Anne

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 10:40 am
The Princess Royal in conversation outside the Ernest Bader Technical Centre

Staff at a Wollaston company were 'privileged and honoured' to receive a Royal visit this week.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, joined employees at Scott Bader’s UK headquarters to commemorate the company's centenary.

Scott Bader is a global chemical manufacturer based in Wollaston where there was a warm welcome for The Princess Royal when she arrived mid-afternoon on Tuesday before being accompanied around ‘the Hall’, a former manor house that today serves as Scott Bader’s head office, set in beautiful gardens with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and bordering a busy manufacturing plant.

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The Princess Royal in front of Scott Bader colleagues

Scott Bader is an employee-owned organisation and is also celebrating 70 years of founder Ernest Bader and wife Dora Scott gifting the company to their employees to form the Scott Bader Commonwealth.

The Princess Royal visited the Commonwealth Centre, used by the business and local community, to learn more about the Scott Bader Commonwealth and the charity fundraising and volunteering activities employees around the world participate in.

The Princess Royal was introduced to Godric Bader, life president of the Scott Bader Commonwealth and his daughter Hansi Manning who is a Scott Bader guardian trustee representing the Bader family.

Small groups of Scott Bader employees from different business areas were delighted to meet The Princess Royal on her tour around the site.

The Princess Royal meeting Scott Bader colleagues

The Princess Royal was accompanied throughout her visit by Scott Bader’s CEO Kevin Matthews, who said: “We are privileged and honoured to have welcomed Her Royal Highness to Scott Bader.

"My colleagues and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and discussing our roles in this unique organisation.

"As we continue our centenary celebrations, we can all look back on today’s visit with pride and gratitude.”

The Princess Royal concluded her visit by unveiling a commemorate plaque to Scott Bader’s centenary and putting the first spade of earth on the Scott Bader Centenary time capsule to initiate its burial.

The time capsule contains employee aspirations for Scott Bader, and to align with their 2036 vision for a sustainable future, it will be reopened in 2036.

As a memento of the visit, Scott Bader’s new centenary book that details Scott Bader’s rich history along with reflections from colleagues who have played a key role over the years was presented to The Princess Royal before her departure.

This event was one of three visits in Northamptonshire for the Princess Royal on Tuesday.

She officially opened Siri Guru Singh Sabha, the Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club Northampton's new gurdwara in St James, Northampton.

Her Royal Highness then presented reusable nappy firm Bambino Mio with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade and officially opened its new headquarters in Brixworth.

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