The Portmeirion factory in Stoke on Trent was singled out recently for a visit by the Prime Minister, who spoke of the “huge importance” of the Potteries to UK manufacturing.
CEO Lawrence Bryan and non-executive chairman Dick Steele showed David Cameron around the factory, where he met a group of pottery decorators. He was also given a tour of the showroom and was shown key pottery designs including the Royal Worcester commemorative china which celebrated the recent royal wedding.
Speaking at the factory, the Prime Minister said: “The Potteries remain hugely important to the UK manufacturing sector; it is vital we continue to invest in the skills and workforce to ensure that the British pottery industry continues to thrive.”
In celebration of his visit, he was presented with the Number One piece of the limited edition Royal Worcester lion head vase, created to mark the wedding, along with some Spode Paddington Bear and Portmeirion Very Hungry Caterpillar sets for his children.
Portmeirion Group was recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. The award recognises the company’s substantial growth in overseas earnings and overall outstanding achievement in international trade over the last three years.