077 – Tony Kelly, Firmin & Sons – The Queen’s Button Maker
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Join me on a factory tour around the Her Majesty The Queen’s button maker – Firmin & Sons.
Established in 1655, Firmin & Sons are the oldest, privately-owned manufacturing company in the UK.
At their prestigious metalworks in Birmingham they make not only buttons, but also ceremonial armour, helmets and other accoutrements.
Firmin & Sons’ sales manager, Tony Kelly, takes us on a tour to discover the rich heritage of a manufacturing firm that has held a Royal Warrant since the reign of George II.
- The history behind the UK’s oldest, privately-owned manufacturer
- How a Royal Warrant is awarded
- What it takes to make a 364 year old company relevant for today
- How Firmin & Sons is putting sustainability at the forefront of its manufacturing processes
More about Firmin & Sons
Foot-operated button making at Firmin House
Firmin House metalworks
Metal Button Making at Firmin & Sons