South West businesses used by Queen as UK celebrates Platinum Jubilee

Around 30 businesses in the South West have received a Royal Warrant from the Queen – a mark of recognition given to businesses that supply her with goods and services.

The concept of the Royal Warrant of Appointment dates back to the advent of the monarchy. The king and his court had to be provided for and, unsurprisingly, had to first enlist the services of the best in the land.

In the 15th century, royal traders were officially appointed in writing by means of a royal warrant issued by the Lord Chamberlain, a practice that continues today.

There are less than 850 royal warrants around the world and are considered by many to be the ultimate stamp of approval. Businesses with a Royal Warrant are businesses that have had an ongoing business relationship with the Queen for at least five years.

The companies represent a broad cross-section of the industry – from individual artisans to global corporations.

From candle maker to tailor, from horse drill to builder of royal carriages, here are some of the Queen’s favorite businesses in the South West.

AJ CHARLTON & SON

Timber merchants and manufacturers of wooden gates

Buckland Down, Somerset

The manufacturer of wooden products, fences and gates celebrates its 120th anniversary next year.
Benefiting from the Queen’s Royal Warrant in 2000, it has supplied royal households for more than 25 years. Its products can be viewed at many National Trust properties, Westonbirt National Arboretum and Longleat Safari Park.

ALLEN & FOXWORTHY

Scaffolding contractor

Swindon, Wiltshire

Founded over 20 years ago, the business provides scaffolding, temporary roofing and access solutions across southern England and Wales. Its specialist works division covers the construction of scaffolding around buildings of historical significance, such as palaces, monuments and castles.

AXMINSTER CARPETS

carpet manufacturer

Axminster, Devon

Axminster Carpets has been supplying world renowned luxury wool carpets to the Royal Household since the time of King George III. He still uses traditional methods to weave wool carpets in the Devon market town.

CHANNEL FISHING

Fresh fish merchants

Paington, Devon

Founded in 1981 from the port of Brixham in South Devon, Channel Fisheries sources British sea fish from the small fleet of day-boats. He obtained his Royal Warrant in 2006 as supplier of fresh fish to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

CHARLES FARIS

Chandler

Single, Wiltshire

Founded in Bishopsgate, London, in 1845, the company has been manufacturing church candles for over 175 years. The manufacturer continues from its factory in Mere, Wiltshire, and now offers both scented and edible candles in its product range.

ENIDVALE LIMITED T/A BK GRAIN HANDLING ENGINEERS

Agricultural engineers – grain handling specialists

Froxfield, Wiltshire

Specialists in grain handling, milling equipment, steel frame buildings and fabrication, the company offers a complete construction package from the planning and design request stage, as well as as electrical, mechanical and breakdown services.

GP & J BAKER

Upholstery and Wall Covering Suppliers

Poole, Dorset

GP & J Baker, holder of the Royal Warrant since 1982, has an international reputation for its fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings. It has a showroom in the Chelsea Harbor Design Center and produces luxury fabrics, wallpapers and accessories under license for Mulberry Home. It also has a showroom in the ‘Design Street’ of Paris, Rue du Mail.

HOLY WELL GLASS

Stained glass conservators

Wells, Somerset

A family owned stained glass conservation studio established by Steve Clare in 1995. Holy Well Glass carry out work in major cathedrals, churches and country houses in the UK and beyond.

HUGH TODD

Animal pregnancy scan

Marlborough, Wiltshire

FARRIER INTEGRITY

Remedial farrier

Sandhurst, Gloucester

JW WALKER & SON

Tuners and pipe organ builders

Devizes, Wiltshire

Founded by Joseph William Walker in 1828 in Soho, London, the business continues to thrive with a team based in Devizes since 2016. The specialist business preserves and restores organs as well as builds new ones used around the world.

KNIGHTS SEWING

Tailors

Tidworth, Wiltshire

Founded by Army veteran Jonathan Knight in 2007. He served in the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery for 22 years, 15 of which as Master Tailor of the Single Ceremonial Unit. Originally just to serve the military, the business that started in his spare bedroom has grown over the years to make uniforms for regiments across the country, as well as providing tailoring, embroidery and printing to businesses and individuals.

LISTER SHEARING EQUIPMENT

Pet care product manufacturers

Stone cottage, Gloucestershire

Lister has been manufacturing world-class shearing and cutting equipment for over 100 years. Made in Britain, Lister products are designed and manufactured in Gloucestershire and sold worldwide.

CMM SERVICES

Maintenance of dairy equipment

Grittenham, Wiltshire

MMT Services installs and maintains milking equipment, robotic milking equipment and milk cooling products. It supplies dairy accessories and chemicals to dairy farmers around Swindon in Wiltshire.

WESTAWAY & SON BRAND

Horse fodder manufacturers

Marldon, Paignton

The original producers of the dust-free fodder, HorseHage, sold nationwide and in Europe. He received a Royal Warrant in 1983 after the Queen’s horse, Burmese, was fed HorseHage while suffering from a respiratory problem.

It is also the official dust-free fodder supplier to the British Equestrian Team and has been supplied to British equestrian teams at every Olympic Games since Los Angeles in 1984.

MELCOURT INDUSTRIES

Supplier of horticultural products

Tetbury, Gloucestershire

The UK’s leading supplier of peat-free growing media, mulch, soil improvers, play and riding surfaces. He received the Royal Warrant in April 2022 after supplying the Queen for more than six years. Melcourt was established in 1983, supplying bulk loads of bark mulch to local communities and landscape contractors. Today, it also supplies market-leading peat-free composts to garden centres, building material dealers and professional growers.

MI HUB LTD. T/A ALEXANDER

Supplier of corporate uniforms and workwear

Thornbury, Bristol

Alexandra is a leading international supplier of workwear for men and women with over 160 years of experience. Alexandra, as it is now known, was established in Bristol as a drapery shop in the 1850s by Alfred Isaac Davis, selling fabrics and linens. Today it supplies workwear and uniforms to almost every industry in the UK. range of clients from many industries across Europe.

Mike Rowland

Wheelwrights and coachbuilders

Colyton, Devon

With generations of knowledge and skill, Mike Rowland repairs, restores and manufactures all types of wooden wheels, from state cars and motor cars to wheelbarrows and bicycles. It also specializes in the restoration of cannon and cannon carriages and is a specialist in traditional bodywork.

PACKEXE

Self-adhesive protective film manufacturer

Exeter, Devon

Managing Director Andrew Orchard established Packexe in 1989 and has been supplying the Royal House with self-adhesive protective film since 2008. Packexe has extensive knowledge of protective films and supplies industries globally.

ROYAL BRIERLEY CRYSTAL – A DIVISION OF DARTINGTON CRYSTAL (TORRINGTON)

crystal table glassware suppliers

Torrington, Devon

Founded in 1776, Royal Brierley Crystal is one of the oldest names in British glassware. Today, as part of Dartington Crystal, Royal Brierley products are still handcrafted in England by skilled glassmakers. It provides cut crystal for home, table and specialty business gifts.

SEVERN & WYE SMOKER

Fish salting and smoking

Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

Severn & Wye Smokery was founded in 1989 by Richard Cook and is renowned for its smoked salmon and salt fish. The smokehouse is located between two salmon rivers on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean.

SFM TECHNOLOGY

Custom manufacturer of horticultural equipment

Martock, Somerset

SFM Technology produced its first apple harvesting machine in 1985. Since then the company has grown steadily and developed into one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of fruit harvesting machines.

SHERWOOD TINNING

Tinners

Wimborne, Dorset

Sherwood Tinning is a well-established tinning company specializing in copper utensil relining and refinishing, brass cleaning and polishing, historic hand wiped tinning, steel mixing bowls, polishing brass to copper and the re-tinning of copper pots and pans.

SHIPTON’S MILL

Miller

Tetbury, Gloucestershire

For more than 900 years, a mill has stood on the banks of the River Avon, with each generation producing flour over the centuries. Today, the stone-ground flours that now bear the historic name of Shipton Mill are ground with traditional French Burr millstones, just as they would have been in medieval times.

COMFORTABLE HOODS

horse clothing supplier

Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Snuggy Hoods was founded over 20 years ago. Now a thriving global business, it leads the market in providing “blanketing” for horses to not only promote welfare, but also to facilitate day-to-day management for horse owners.

TARRANT REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING

Refrigeration of dairy products

Marlborough, Wiltshire

A refrigeration and air conditioning engineering company specializing in the refrigeration of dairy products; cold rooms, including pantries, wine cellars, butcheries, mortuary cold rooms and dairies; commercial air conditioning and heat pumps; and cloud-based global remote monitoring (telemetry) systems.

THE HILL BRUSH COMPANY

Brush manufacturers

Single, Wiltshire

Hillbrush was founded in 1922 by brothers Fred and Bill Coward. This family business has become the UK’s largest manufacturer of brushware and hygienic cleaning tools.

WATKINS & WATSON

Organ blower manufacturers

Poole, Dorset

The company’s specialist engineers perform repairs and maintenance on all types of organ blowing and humidification equipment across the country. It manufactures and installs new machines, supplies reconditioned equipment, performs overhauls and relocates equipment.

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