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A Project at the Heart of a Community

February 22, 2021 News, Public, Time

At the end of November last year our team helped to complete an important community led project which highlighted just what can be achieved when people come together and make a collective effort. We were commissioned by Horsefair & Proud, a committee that promotes and champions the Horsefair area of Kidderminster, to create a replica of the original pillar clock which was constructed in 1912 in honour of local businessman & councillor Fred Oakes and stood outside The Old Peacock public house until its removal in 1969. It was hoped that the original would be restored but no record of…

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A restoration project filled with nostalgia for Dundee residents

February 15, 2021 News, Public, Uncategorized

When jeweller Chisholm Hunter opened their Dundee boutique in early 2020 in the vacant H Samuel premises, they promised to restore a clock that holds a special place in the hearts and minds of local residents. The clock projects out above the corner of High Street and Reform Street, which is a famed meeting point for couples on first dates. Unfortunately, it is also a spot where many individuals have been stood up, earning it the nickname of ‘Duffer’s Corner!’ Together with the Dundee Historic Environment Trust, Chisholm Hunter enlisted Smith of Derby to restore the clock to its former…

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Introducing our ‘Heritage Collection’

January 15, 2021 Heritage, News

We begin 2021 with news of an important project which the company began last autumn! We hope to share more with you throughout the coming year. With the help of professional archivist, Jane Middleton-Smith, who has worked on numerous research projects and archive collections, we have begun to categorise our incredible ‘archive’ of records. A database has been developed not only to identify the objects and documents such as photographs and artefacts that make up our company history but also to protect them for the future so we can share as many of them as possible with our team and…

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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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St Michael & All Angels Church Dial Refurbishment

April 3, 2020 News

The village of Shirley, Derbyshire is the home to St Michael & All Angels Church. The clock at the Church was installed in 1902 and regularly cared for by Smith of Derby. As part of our work we have recently refurbished and repaired the Churches clock dial, to bring it back to its original fabricated aesthetic. As part of our work we have recently refurbished and repaired the Churches clock dial, to bring it back to its original fabricated aesthetic. The picturesque village situated in the countryside in Derbyshire dates-back to the middle ages and is very well known for…

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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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