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ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS BRITISH LUXURY AWARD
Tue Nov 15 12:43:00 CET 2016 Press Release
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to be honoured with the ‘Best British Luxury Craftsmanship’ award at the 2016 Walpole British Luxury Awards. The award was presented during a glittering ceremony attended by luminaries of the British luxury scene by Rory Reid, BBC Top Gear presenter, at the Dorchester, London.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to be honoured with the ‘Best
British Luxury Craftsmanship’ award at the 2016 Walpole British Luxury
Awards. The award was presented during a glittering ceremony attended
by luminaries of the British luxury scene by Rory Reid, BBC Top Gear
presenter, at the Dorchester, London.
The annual awards recognise individuals and companies in the luxury industry who exemplify British excellence and leadership in a field that contributes £32 billion every year to the British economy. The esteemed judging panel of luxury leaders, representing the most highly regarded tastemakers in the industry was led by Michael Ward (Managing Director of Harrods and Chairman of Walpole) and included Lucia van der Post (Luxury Commentator), Conrad Bird, (Director, GREAT Britain Campaign), Peter Ting (Curator, Ceramic Designer and Crafts Council Trustee), Gillian de Bono (Editor of FT How to Spend It) and Marcus Wareing (Chef Patron, Marcus).
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “We are delighted and honoured to be the recipient of this prestigious award, building on our previous Walpole success of ‘British Luxury Brand of the Year’. Every Rolls-Royce is hand-built at the marque’s global centre of excellence in Goodwood, West Sussex. Our success is borne of a profound understanding that patrons of true luxury seek to curate, commission and collect extraordinary objects, crafted to their exacting specifications at true global centres of excellence. It is this approach that ensures we proudly fly the flag for British manufacturing and design across the world.” He continued, “Rolls-Royce is the most celebrated luxury house in the world, built on the foundations of the skill and application of the world’s finest craftspeople. It is therefore a most gratifying affirmation of the work of these 1,600 extraordinary men and women to be recognised for this award.”
On receiving the award, Torsten used his acceptance speech to celebrate the vibrancy of the British Luxury scene, reiterating the importance of adhering to the key principles of true luxury – rejecting proliferation and the derogation of their craft through volume, to protect this art. He reaffirmed the importance of an intimate understanding of patrons of true luxury – those who seek to commission deeply personal expressions of their tastes, lifestyles and desires, executed with the finest materials at the hands of the world’s most skilled artisans at globally recognised centres of excellence.
Michelle Emmerson, CEO Walpole, said, “Rolls-Royce are such worthy winners of this award. The superior craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes in to creating every car is second to none. They are true ambassadors of British luxury and work hard to nurture and support the next generation of talent. Congratulations to the entire team.”
Formed in 1990, Walpole is a not-for-profit organisation that furthers the interests of the British luxury industry by harnessing and sharing the collective knowledge, experience and resources of its membership. Confirming its position as the authoritative voice of British luxury, Walpole leads an active programme of thought leadership, research, political engagement, initiatives and events to promote and inspire British luxury worldwide.
The BMW Group
With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2015 was approximately € 9.22 billion on revenues amounting to € 92.18 billion. As of 31 December 2015, the BMW Group had a workforce of 122,244 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
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