1982 (Abbey foundry, acquired in 2011 was founded in 1832)
With a ”Buy British, Sell British” ethos instilled in the heart of our business, we at Abbey make every effort to source and produce our products in England. When it looked like the last brass buckle foundry in the country was going to close, we bought it to ensure the continuity of British manufacturing and to safeguard the jobs and skills of the foundry workers. Similarly our lock making and rubber moulding businesses were acquired to keep the manufacturing in Britain in our Walsall manufacturing base. The majority of our wholesale products are sourced in the UK but some skills have been lost forever and we must out of necessity buy some items, such as hooks and stainless steel buckles, overseas.
Our metals (some recycled) for the foundry and lock making are sourced in the West Midlands. Our high quality rubber for rubber moulding is sourced in Manchester and North Wales. Printing of catalogues and packaging is done in the North West and the West Midlands. We try to buy British and, where possible, buy locally. For items supplied through our wholesale division we endeavour to source in the UK but where this is not possible we import a small range of goods from Europe, the USA and Asia.