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It’s a ‘Treble’ at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2020!

June 26, 2020 News

Smith of Derby scooped three awards at the national Family Business United – Family Business of the Year Awards 2020, including being named Supreme Champion – Family Business of the Year 2020. The awards are a special moment for our prestigious clockmaking company. Family Business United celebrate family owned businesses across the UK. Recognising the contribution these businesses make to the economy as well as the thousands of jobs they support. The FBU Annual Awards, usually held in London, have become a popular event for all family businesses across the UK. In the ‘virtual’ awards ceremony held live across the internet,…

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Smith of Derby, a Family Company

June 22, 2020 News

We are proud to be a family business. The 5th and 6th generation of ownership is part of the day-to-day running of Smith of Derby today and our family ethos runs throughout the culture of our team.  Following John Smith’s clockmaking apprenticeship with Whitehurst, he founded Smith of Derby in 1856 and the company has been owned by the Smith family ever since, with 5th and 6th generation of family now owning the business. However, family values are not just with ownership, as the past and present team, over our 164years of operation, have developed an underlying family culture which is…

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Now is the Time

June 19, 2020 News

Time is so precious, and this has been emphasised even more during the past few months. Whilst many of us have been enjoying more time at home with our loved ones, many have been working hard keeping everyone safe and caring for those who are venerable. We are all looking forward to the time when we are together again. Excitement has begun to grow for the coming period when we are reunited again with family, friends, and those in our local communities. Our team here at Smith of Derby are certainly are looking forward to opening our doors and working…

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Potts of Leeds Return to Work

June 17, 2020 News, Uncategorized

We are delighted to confirm that our Leeds based clockmaker, Kevin Ireland, returns to work today. Kevin will be strengthening our presence across the country as we return to work – restarting public time in communities across Yorkshire and the North of England.    With more than 30 years’ experience with the company, Kevin’s return brings extensive experience and knowledge, underlying our commitment to restarting public time across the North. Having an extensive knowledge of ‘Potts of Leeds’ clocks, of which there are literally hundreds of mechanical timepieces across the North of England, Kevin will be sure to start public time…

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Start Your Clock Guide

June 15, 2020 News

During these difficult times our team have been working hard to continue to operate within the Government restrictions. Whilst visiting sites may not be possible, we are still focused on providing a premium service to our customers and public time across the UK. We have developed a guide to restarting your mechanical clock, to offer the best support possible to our customers. Over the last few months many mechanical clocks in our communities have stopped due to restrictions preventing regular clock windings and the BST time change taking place.  As we look forward to a time when our communities return…

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