Aston Martin, Wedgwood and Dorma – Meet the Midlands businesses used by the Queen and Prince of Wales as the country celebrates Platinum Jubilee weekend

From luxury car brands to makers of fine furniture and jewellery, many companies in the Midlands region hold royal warrants.

The honor is awarded as a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have regularly provided goods or services to the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh or Prince of Wales or their households.

They are granted, initially for five years, by the Queen and Prince of Wales and allow holders of the prestigious title to display the Royal Arms logo on their branding to let customers know their products have the seal of approval. royal.

There are dozens of Warrant Holders in the Midlands – here are 15 we think are worth mentioning.

Aston Martin

Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin founded Bamford & Martin in 1913, which became Aston Martin, the Gaydon-based premium luxury sports car manufacturer. The cars are famous and loved around the world, thanks in large part to the company’s longstanding association with 007 himself, James Bond.


Based in Nottingham, Boots is one of the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailers. It has over 2,200 stores ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores and a team of approximately 51,000 employees.


Kidderminster manufacturer Brintons has been making rugs for over two centuries and its products adorn everything from hotels and restaurants to airports and convention centres. It has designers, sales teams, project managers and agents in all major markets around the world, as well as manufacturing capabilities in the UK, Poland, Portugal and India.

Caverswall China

Caverswall China is a Stoke-on-Trent pottery company which has produced fine china since its inception in 1973. Its small team of master craftsmen operate from a base in Fenton and its range includes tea sets and hand-painted dishes, gift items and decorative accessories.

Acrylic paints

Based in Kirkby-In-Ashfield, Dacrylate manufactures all of its paints in the UK. It manufactures decorative paints and industrial coatings and is run by three generations of the same family.

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Founded in 1987, Chesterfield-based DCRS – Direct Communications Radio Services rents, sells and services voice and data radio communications systems and applications. It supplies equipment from manufacturers such as Motorola Solutions, Hytera, Vertex, Icom and Kenwood.


Dorma is owned by Dunelm, based in Leicestershire, and have been designing and manufacturing high quality beds since 1921.

Eagle sweet pea

Eagle Sweet Peas is a family nursery based in Stowe-by Chartley, Stafford, having been established in 1992 as a grower and breeder of sweet peas. It has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 12 times and is launching a special sweet pea in Her Majesty’s honor for the Platinum Jubilee.


Liquid propane supplier Flogas is based on the same North Leicester business park as Dorma and Dunelm.

It has been in operation for 35 years, supplying gas to commercial, industrial and domestic customers across the UK, from liquefied petroleum to liquefied natural gas.


JCB is the world’s third largest manufacturer of construction equipment, including backhoe loaders, telehandlers and industrial forklifts. Founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford, the family business employs over 6,000 people in 11 UK factories, including its global headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.

NEJ Stevenson

Rugby-based NEJ Stevenson designs and manufactures bespoke furniture and paneling for interior designers, architects and private clients. He can also count collaborations with big names such as Alfred Dunhill and Diageo among his previous work to provide a range of exclusive products.

Royal Doulton

Royal Doulton was established in 1815 by John Doulton who began by making storage jars and ceramic sewer pipes and became a manufacturer of fine tableware. The company was acquired by Fiskars Corporation in 2015 and is now based in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, selling products worldwide to countries including Japan, China, Canada and Australia.

Thomas Fattorini

Thomas Fattorini was founded in 1827 and is based in the heart of the historic manufacturing district of Birmingham’s Jewelery Quarter, where it produces a range of items such as badges, ceremonial swords, name badges and medals. His previous works include trophies for the Pride of Birmingham Awards, run by our sister website BirminghamLive and the National Television Awards.

Toye, Kenning and Spencer

Toye, Kenning & Spencer is one of the UK’s oldest companies with roots dating back to 1685 and another based in Birmingham’s jewelery district and a factory in Coventry. Descendants of the founding family still run the business to this day, making badges and fine jewelry, including medals of this year’s Commonwealth Games are being held in the company’s hometown.


Wedgwood is an iconic British tableware brand based in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent. It was established in 1759 by craftsman and philanthropist Josiah Wedgwood and is best known for its “Wedgwood blue” jasperware which remains a recognizable signature to this day. The company also benefits from long-standing collaborations with world-renowned designers Jasper Conran and Vera Wang.