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Roy kirkham & co

Roy Kirkham & Co. Limited is an English company founded by Roy Kirkham over four decades ago. From humble beginnings, the Company has grown to be recognised as one of the leading manufacturers of quality English Fine Bone China products.

Although many tastes and styles have come and gone, many aspects of the company still remain the same. Primarily the Company continues to be family owned and run in Staffordshire, providing a personal, high quality service to all of its' customers. The Roy Kirkham brand also continues to be associated with exclusively designed, highly creative, innovative products.

The family consider Staffordshire to be at the heart of the English pottery industry, with many centuries of rich history producing world renowned pottery. The staff are proud of their heritage, and take pride in making quality English fine bone china.

All products are manufactured to the highest standards, using unleaded glaze and a blend of fine china clays and felspars to give a bright, classical, translucent finish. Roy has always placed an emphasis on the quality of decorative patterns, and the current catalogue is an expression of this wish. All patterns have been individually designed and chosen with a careful eye towards the high expectations of each customer.

A family company Continuing a tradition of quality and design

Roy Kirkham began his training at the Burslem School of Art, Stoke on Trent in 1950. Situated in the creative heart of the City since 1853, the school has been renowned for producing many fine artists throughout the history of the British ceramic industry.

During this time, Roy worked in the design department for William Adams Ltd, a local ceramics manufacturer. Roy had become head engraver and designer when William Adams was acquired by Josiah Wedgewood in 1964. It is worth noting that at this time all the work was done by hand and an incredible skill and patience was required to engrave copper plates accurately and consistently to replicate designs when printing.

Following a period heading a design department in Spain, Roy returned to Stoke on Trent to form his own Company producing lithographic decals, supplying renowned companies including Wedgewood, Royal Doulton and Spode. By the mid 1970s the company expanded into producing ceramics including exclusive hand-painted Toby jugs and fine bone china gift ware.

Over time, the production of Toby Jugs was discontinued to concentrate on the expansion of the fine bone china range, and today Roy Kirkham distributes worldwide to over 60 countries. For over 30 years the Roy Kirkham name has been associated with exclusive English classical and modern designs in fine bone china, and now combines premium lifestyle accessories to complete the look for the home.

Internationally recognised as one of the foremost quality brands in tableware and gifts the company continues today to be owned and run by the family.

English fine bone china is the premium ceramic material. Extremely strong yet light, it allows the material to be manufactured much more elegantly than other materials whilst retaining high durability. In addition to this, the material provides a translucent, pure white canvas which can be decorated with the widest possible colour palette of any ceramic material to extremely high levels of detail.

Roy Kirkham use a blend of up-to-date technology and traditional techniques that have been in use for many generations. This coupled with a dedicated team to maintain high detail and quality of the products from the design concept through to the printing of the decals, decoration, firing and inspection of the ware.

All Roy Kirkham English fine bone china items meet all current legislation with regard to food safety and are microwave and dishwasher safe (with the exception when precious metals are added to the decoration as these are not suitable for microwave use).

Quality Management Statement

Our quality management statement aims to achieve sustained profitable growth by providing products which consistently satisfy our customers' expectations.

This level of quality is achieved through adoption of a system of procedures that reflect our competence to existing customers, potential customers, and statutory authorities.

Achievement of this policy involves all staff, who are individually responsible for the quality of their work, resulting in a continually improving working environment for all.

To achieve and maintain the required level of quality the Managing Director retains responsibility for the Quality Management System with routine review controlled by the Company Accountant.

The objectives of the Quality Management System are:

  • To achieve and maintain a level of quality of products which enhances our reputation with customers.
  • To consistently achieve delivery of orders within specified times.
  • To ensure compliance with relevant statutory and safety requirements.
  • To endeavor, at all times, to maximize customer satisfaction.

Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

It is the policy of Roy Kirkham & Co Limited ("the Company") to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status. Furthermore, the Company will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment, including pay, promotion, training and transfer, and every other aspect of employment. The Company will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The Company is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. The overall responsibility for the policy lies with Ian Kirkham, Managing Director. However, all staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.