Talk to me about how and when the business was founded.
With 40 years of industry experience, Carrs Silver represents a leading name in high-quality, British-made silverware and cutlery
Operating from the UK’s fifth largest city, Sheffield-based Carrs Silver has a prestigious history that dates back to 1976 when the former production engineer Ron Carr established a business as a self-employed jeweller, producing hand crafting silver jewellery designs. Carrs of Sheffield Limited was incorporated soon after in 1977, during the same year as the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The rapidly expanding business moved into its first industrial premises, where it continued to produce an increasingly large range of silver jewellery and commemorative products.
What was the inspiration/concept behind the company?
With a unique manufacturing process that merges traditional techniques with the latest technology, Carrs operates from a self-sufficient foundation that allows the company to be in almost total control when it comes to managing deadlines and meeting the standards of its demanding client base. These strengths combined with its exemplary history in the manufacture of exquisite silverware will be defining factors for Carrs as the company seeks to continue its growth into new markets globally over the coming years..
What sets you apart from your competitors?
Our adaptability and capability to offer customer a high level of quality and bespoke products. We are able to offer this due to us controlling ever aspect of manufacture in house. This also allows us to react to deadlines and deliver our products to clients in good time.
How has the company grown since its launch?
By 1992 Carrs was ready to move to its newly built 80,000 sq. ft. premises from where it immediately began planning for further product development and expansion. The company began manufacturing a comprehensive range of cutlery patterns and tradition silverware products throughout 1994, which rapidly became a much sought-after line with customers globally. The following year the company opened prestigious retail concessions in London’s Harrods and Selfridges department stores and by 1996 Carrs silverware could be purchased from high-end retailers in over 50 countries around the world.
Throughout the opening decades of the 21st century the significance of Carrs, its silverware and cutlery brands has continued to grow.
What would you say has been one of your proudest moments for the company thus far?
It would have to be when the company receive a highly prestigious ‘Queen’s Award For Export Achievement’ in 1991. Also must mention the opening of our Carrs concession in London’s famous Harrods which is still going strong to this day!!