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International Youth Day

August 12, 2021 Uncategorized

International Youth Day is held each year on the 12th of August and is an initiative that celebrates the qualities of young people and recognises the challenges that today’s youth can face. International Youth Day began in 2000 and was organised by the United Nations to celebrate the contribution that young people make in education, employment, conflict resolution and social justice to name a few. This year, to celebrate International Youth Day 2021, at Smith of Derby we are recognising the importance and contribution from our young team members and apprentices. Maintaining our traditional skills and handing on knowledge through…

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Restoring the Chamberlain Clock

June 10, 2021 Uncategorized

The re-installation of the Chamberlain Clock which took place from 20th-21st March 2021   We recently had the privilege of completing an extensive restoration and reinstallation of the historic Chamberlain Clock in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The clock was built in 1903 in honour of Joseph Chamberlain, MP for the area in the late 1900s and one of its most respected figures. Made by Birmingham company W.F. Evans & Sons of Handsworth, it is an iconic local landmark. The restoration of the Chamberlain Clock has been led by the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust. It was able to take place through funding…

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A Passion for Time – The Role of a CAD Design Engineer

May 6, 2021 Uncategorized

As we continue our ‘A Passion for Time’ series, which looks into the different roles our talented team play here at Smith of Derby, we caught up with Oliver Beetlestone, our Senior CAD Design Engineer. Oliver graduated from the University of Derby in 2019 with a First-Class BA (Hons) in Product Design and during the last year he has enhanced his knowledge by completing 2 levels of SolidWorks Certification – Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) and Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP). SolidWorks is computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering solid modelling software which enables the user to draw in 2D or 3D. A…

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The role of an IRATA specialist clockmaker

March 17, 2021 Uncategorized

An unusual passion..  The start of British Summer Time (clock change) signals warmer days, lighter evenings, and spring blooms. For Smith of Derby, this brings with it the start of dial restoration season, meaning that our skilled engineers and clockmakers are busy in the workshop and out and about the country helping to restore and maintain public time. Supporting this work is our seven strong team of IRATA trained rope access specialist clockmakers. The expertise they bring to the business, coupled with our rigorous bi-annual safety checks and safety critical medicals, demonstrates our commitment to health and safety along with…

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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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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 8th-14th February 2021

February 8, 2021 Uncategorized

Today marks the start of the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week. A celebration that puts a spotlight on the value that apprenticeships and training have for businesses across all sectors, for communities, and for the economy. At Smith of Derby we are extremely proud, not only of the award-winning apprenticeship scheme we have been running for the last six years – in partnership with Learning Unlimited, but also of our successful links with local learning establishments, the University of Derby and the JCB Academy. We have been able to strengthen our team thanks to our ambitious apprenticeship scheme and the…

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Season’s Greetings to all our Customers and Friends

December 18, 2020 Uncategorized

We are closed for Christmas from today until Monday 4th January 2021 when we reopen our works. We are operating an emergency helpline for urgent calls during this period – please call 01332 345569 for assistance.  2020 has really brought home the importance of public time for our communities. We have always thought of the public clock as the ‘heartbeat of a community’ and over our 164-year long history of creating and caring for public time, we are proud to safeguard our community timepieces for future generations to enjoy. This year has also seen us start an important and wonderful…

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Historic Birmingham Landmark to be Restored to Former Glory

August 11, 2020 Uncategorized

The Jewellery Quarter’s 117-year-old Chamberlain Clock will be removed this month for extensive repairs and restoration. On the 22nd August 2020, the process will begin to dismantle and remove the Chamberlain Clock from its current home on the roundabout junction of Warstone Lane and Vyse Street in the Jewellery Quarter, for clock-makers Smith of Derby to begin the extensive restoration project. Following the refurbishment, it is expected the Clock will be reinstated in early 2021, complete with a new information panel. The refurbishment of the Clock was a winning pledge in the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District’s (JQBID) 2017 renewal…

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Clockmaker Clocks Up 50 years’ service

July 24, 2020 Uncategorized

This week marks a very special celebration for one of our clockmakers. Jonathan Lee (Jon) celebrates 50 years of continuous service with the company, from school days to today.  Jon joined the company on the 24th July 1970 at the age of 15, as a school leaver, quite literally, finishing school on the Thursday and started work on the Friday! Jon completed his clockmaking apprenticeship over 7 years and has continued his service since then, Jonathan is one of the country’s most respected turret clockmakers. In addition to keeping hundreds of public clocks to time, Jon helps to coach an…

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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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