As double Michelin star chef and TV personality Tom Kerridge unveils his British made range of kitchenware, we are proud to be amongst the manufacturers to have worked with him on his creation.
Earlier this week at the Harrogate Home & Gift Show, Kerridge unveiled his new signature range, which includes pans, ovenware, knives and textiles.
Our contribution to the range is a set of three nested enamel oven trays. With a moulded handle along one side of each tray, they’re designed to be easier to remove from hot ovens. They look stylish in deep blue enamel with an ivory flash, and have been engraved with the Tom Kerridge branding on their base. Each piece also proudly carries the message ‘Made In Burnley’.
These pieces have been made in our manufacturing facility. Recently we have diversified into bakeware after buying the presses and moulds from well-established Burnley company: George Wilkinson Ltd. Having a state-of-the-art tool-room, we are able to design, fabricate moulds and manufacture bakeware and cookware all in-house.
Director Tony Grimshaw OBE said:
“It was our pleasure to show Tom around our manufacturing and distribution centre earlier this year. He was impressed by the scale of our manufacturing operation and the face that we can take a products from outline concept to consumer-ready, all in-house.
It’s been a pleasure working with Tom on his British-made range. We’re proud to be British and are delighted that a highly acclaimed chef has placed such an emphasis on supporting British manufacturers through the development of his signature kitchenware. There are many other wonderful manufacturers from across the UK who have contributed to the range including a textiles manufacturer just a stone’s throw from us in Burnley.”
Speaking about the new kitchenware range, Tom Kerridge commented:
“A huge amount of effort has gone into finding these fantastic manufacturers, all of whom are based in Great Britain. We are trying to breathe new life into Great British traditions, standing firm and not compromising on quality, whilst showcasing the best that Britain has to offer.
All of these products have been tested and are meant to be used rather then just looked at and stand the test of time. Think ‘Land Rover Defender’ for kitchens!”
Tom Kerridge is a strong supporter of British-made goods and works closely with The Great British Exchange. This is an organisation that actively promotes Made in Britain products to retailers.
Matt Hopkins, the Managing Director of The Great British Exchange, said:
“We’re all very proud of the Tom Kerridge range. Working with British manufacturers to product a range of high quality products that will enter the market, as a beacon of what is capable by British craftsmanship has been an extremely gratifying process.
The range is an honest representation of what we as a nation are able to produce and the skills that are alive and kicking in our manufacturing regions. The response to the range so far has been brilliant and I can’t wait to infroduce it to more retailers and the market at large.”
Following its launch this week, The Great British Exchange is now working with retail partners to launch the Tom Kerridge range to the consumer market this autumn.
About The Great British Exchange
The Great British Exchange, founded in 2014 and based in Harrogate, bills itself as the trade buyer’s destination for British made products. Working with British makers, designers, manufacturers and independent and small chain retailers, The Great British Exchange works to bring together British-made products and buyers under one roof. Find out more at www.thegbexchange.com.
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