Discover how HMG Paints has revitalized the historic telephone box in Great Somerford using their premium Coach Enamel.

31 May 2024

BY Josh Hibbert

In an era that has been dominated by the use of smartphones and other technology, public payphone use has seemingly faded into obscurity. However, these iconic red telephone boxes still play a significant part into British heritage, seen as a British cultural icon throughout the world. Accordingly, proudly Made In Britain, HMG are continuing to take part in transforming many of the UK’s payphones into lifesaving defibrillator stations.

This comes in regards to HMG’s long standing entry into the BT & The Community Heartbeat Trust’s ‘Adopt a Telephone Kiosk’ Scheme, as part of the British Coatings Federation’s initiative. With this, many members within the community of Great Somerford reached out to HMG with this trust in mind. Over recent weeks, HMG have assisted in transforming Great Somerford’s kiosk into a Public Access Defibrillator, an ideal location for this life-saving device.

HMG’s History Within This Scheme:

HMG have a long running history in this scheme, dating as far back as 2012! The business have continued to supply paint through the ‘Adopt a Telephone Kiosk’ scheme, assisting in transforming Great Somerford’s local telephone kiosk. From the first donation for the inaugural installation in Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire, to councils from Norfolk to Nottinghamshire, HMG Paints Ltd has played a key role in this initiative. Over the years, contributions from HMG have assisted in restoring and maintaining these iconic red telephone boxes, helping to preserve a piece of British heritage.

With the quick response to community needs from HMG, they have proved crucial in converting these redundant telephone kiosks into life-saving defibrillator stations. By providing Great Somerford with a high-quality Coach Enamel promptly, HMG enabled the community to restore this structure with a durable, vibrant finish. In Addition, the timely supply of paint ensured the kiosk was protected from the elements. Therefore, making them ideal for housing defibrillators.

About Coach Enamel:

Working as a traditional, long oil synthetic enamel for brush application, HMG’s Coach Enamel is a traditional, ultra-high-quality, high-build, long-oil synthetic enamel designed for brush application. It offers an extended wet edge time, enabling smooth brushing without any drag. With it’s excellent water resistance, HMG’s Coach Enamel ensures that each restored telephone box maintains its traditional appearance while benefiting from modern durability and an exceptional finish.

This iconic symbol of British life has refurbished using Coach Enamel in BS 381C 539 Current Red. By providing the precise shade of red synonymous with British heritage, HMG have assisted in preserving the historical significance and aesthetic appeal of each newly transformed Public Access Defibrillator. Furthermore, each telephone kiosks can continue to serve as vibrant community landmarks for years to come.

HMG are proud to assist in this nationwide scheme. The Manchester-based family business has been actively involved in the ‘Adopt a Telephone Kiosk’ initiative for over a decade. By providing high-quality paints specifically suited for restoring these iconic red telephone boxes, HMG ensures that each kiosk can be repurposed for the future. Furthermore, with the independent paint manufacturer’s ongoing commitment and contributions to the cause! As a result, this has been instrumental in helping communities across the country repurpose their kiosk’s, ensuring our defibrillators are correctly set up and ready to save lives.

So,to find out more about this great cause, provided by BT & The Community Heartbeat Trust, please see more HERE.

If you require further information on the press release, please contact:

Josh Hibbert
HMG Paints Communications

0161 205 7631

HMG Paints Ltd is the UK’s leading independent Paint Manufacturer and a proud, family-owned business situated in Manchester. Working alongside new and long-term customers, HMG strive to create the best tailored coatings solutions to meet their customer’s needs. With over 90 years’ experience in developing innovative coatings, HMG’s portfolio of wet paint and aerosols cover virtually every type of surface imaginable across a whole host of industries including industrial, commercial vehicle, decorative, automotive, defence, toll manufacturing, wood finish and arts & craft. Also, HMG have a drive to set the standards for the industry not just meet them.

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