ANCHOR & CREW, THE WATCHMAKERS & SILVERSMITHERS OF THE EAST MIDLANDS
A nation with a long history of manufacturing that has seen it's focus shift towards the services sector in recent times, it is the East and West Midlands of Great Britain that have long been acknowledged as the epicentre of such innovation and revolutionary factory systems. Much of the world's railways and airplanes find that their humble entrepreneurial beginnings originate from the East Midlands and with a core focus on textiles, iron and steel making and engineering, other manufacturing sectors that have helped the area be such a manufacturing hub include motor vehicle production and brewing. Included in the area's roster of fine industrial prestige include Rolls Royce Engineering (aerospace manufacture), Jaguar Landrover, JC Bamford, Toyota and Michelin (motor vehicle manufacture), Bombardier and Alstom (rail manufacture), Molson Coors, Marston's and Carlsberg (brewing), and Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Sunspel (fashion).
That said, should we now accept that manufacturing is moving away from the British Isles? Should we now embrace the nation's new, cleaner appeal and accept that everything is more profitable this way? Should we have read our Beer 101 book with more concentration than given after that fifth beer was so quickly consumed before we laid further foundations and added the second floor to our workshop?
Many cold winters and mild summers have passed as we continue to be frustrated by the world's industrial shift away from the East and West Midlands and question the above questions, and yet, sticking by our true roots and standing side by side by other industrial companies, we remain here, in the heart of Great Britain. When did we get so good at manufacturing and exporting that other countries replicated our model? Globalisation is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
ANCHOR & CREW believes in the glory of industry, the excellence of craftsmanship, the innovation in manufacturing and the investment in skill, and by this we are proudly from the East Midlands, handmade in Great Britain.