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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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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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