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Sam Schoonderwoerd is proud of his achievement

March 17, 2020 News

Sam Schoonderwoerd is proud of his achievement as he completes the final stage of his apprenticeship course at Smith of Derby! Sam started his apprenticeship at Smith of Derby back in 2016 and has now completed his 4-year course in February 2020.  He has achieved Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering) along with City and Guilds Level 3 diploma and BTEC level 3 subsidiary diploma in the same subjects. Sam will continue training and developing with coaching from our experienced team of clockmakers and hands-on experience. 7 months into starting his apprenticeship in September 2016, “I like…

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National Apprenticeship Week

March 5, 2020 News

National Apprenticeship week 3rd Feb – 9th Feb February 3rd-9th was National Apprentice Week – celebrating all those involved within apprenticeships across England. Here at Smith of Derby we are extremely proud of all our apprentices and are delighted to celebrate the success of the program which is run in partnership with Learning Unlimited. The annual celebration, which is now in its thirteenth year, brings the whole apprenticeship community together to promote and explore the positive impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy across the UK. Over the last five years we have employed Seven apprentices in both clock…

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Training Week at Smith of Derby 2020

February 26, 2020 News

Every January a week is put aside for training at Smith of Derby and 2020 has been no different. Last month our clockmakers travelled to our Derby works from their various locations across the UK, to take part in a week of training.  The week started with the clockmakers arriving at our Alfreton Road works and unloading their vans so that equipment, such as harnesses and other safety apparatus, could be tested by external adjudicators. At the start of the week all the Clockmakers were given a presentation from MD Bob Betts on what the week would entail and the…

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Bespoke Timepieces for Waldorf Astoria

January 30, 2020 News

Hilton Hotel group have recently launched a new Waldorf Astoria hotel in the financial district of Dubai. The exciting new development included three bespoke feature clocks designed, fabricated and Installed by Smith of Derby. The first of these clocks has been installed at the centre of Waldorf Astoria’s world-famous Peacock Alley. Whilst the other two identical clocks are located in the luxurious Meeting and Board rooms. The iconic ornate Art Deco inspired clock has been situated at the centre of Peacock Alley, the Hotel’s elegant lounge. Peacock Alley was originally a space that connected both the Waldorf and the Astoria…

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A New Art-Deco Inspired Clock

November 26, 2019 News

Working alongside Dover District Council the Smith of Derby team are proud to have installed a bespoke clock at the recently refurbished Deal Pier. The art-deco clock was installed as part of the pier regeneration project and is a replacement of the original timepiece, which was a prominent feature of the pier for a number of years. Opened in 1957, Deal Pier celebrated its diamond anniversary in 2017. As part of the Pier’s focus, a renovation plan was revealed which included a new clock. Situated on both the North Sea and the English Channel, Deal was once England’s busiest port…

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Sleepout 2019!

November 7, 2019 News

Six members of the Smith of Derby team embarked on a sleep out mission last Friday in aid of raising vital funds and publicity for the Padley Centre in Derby. All six members of the team completed the 12hour sleep out, despite the best efforts of the elements which was testing at times. Following weeks of fundraising, the team prepared for a tough night ahead on Friday afternoon. With the weather forecast looking wet, waterproofs were packed and sleeping bag covers were purchased. Arriving at the event location, under the Derby Cathedral clock, fundraising was the first task as collection…

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NewsTime!

October 24, 2019 News

It’s been another busy month here at Smith of Derby! We’ve had three new team members join us, completed some fantastic projects and had some special visitors in our works… New Team Members Recently graduated from the University of Derby, Rachel Broughton and Daniel Marshall have joined our commercial team. They are both enjoying a job share arrangement as they continue to follow their master’s degrees in business management in the coming year. Kelvyn Thorp has joined our clockmaking team. Based out of Maidstone, in Kent, we are delighted to boost our coverage in the South of the UK, as…

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August NewsTime

September 5, 2019 News

Whilst children across the country have been enjoying their summer holiday, the Smith of Derby team have been busy working on clocks across the world. This month has seen two new team members join, some wonderful customer feedback and three long service awards! Spotlight on the team… As we build our design capability to design, fabricate and install some of the world’s best clocks, we welcome two graduates from the University of Derby; Daniel Greenhalgh and Oliver Beetlestone. Long service awards… At a recent Group Board meeting we took the opportunity to thank team members for their long service with…

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Historic Potts Clock

August 6, 2019 News

Sheffield United is a football club steeped in history. Their Bramall Lane stadium was home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club until 1893 and has hosted an Ashes test match along with being the home to Sheffield United. A William Potts of Leeds clock was a prominent feature of the cricket pavilion before being transferred to a new home on the facade of the football stadium when the alterations were made. The clock is now situated at the entrance to the “Legends of the Lane” which is Sheffield United’s club museum. The 1.52m steel dial was supported by an early William…

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Dials restored at one of Edinburgh’s landmarks

July 30, 2019 News

Clocks are at the heart of Edinburgh. The famous Balmoral Hotel is one of the City’s many tourist attractions, along with the timeball which marks one o’clock daily. Another clock which many visitors see is located on George Street and adorns the clocktower of St Andrew & St George’s Church. Following many years of operation, it was decided that the clocks should be restored back to their original glory. The three 5ft cast skeleton dials stand proudly above the bustling streets below where many shoppers, tourists and commuters are located. Our team removed the clock hands and then started to…

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