We Are Open Again – Please Shop Local

The Arthur Price Factory Shop in Lichfield has re-opened after closing back in March due to the lockdown. The UK’s biggest cutlery shop will initially be open three days a week – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-3pm, but customers can email staff at any time.

The shop, based on Britannia Way, Lichfield, has implemented strict safety and welfare guidelines for both staff and customers. There is a one-way route, social distancer markers throughout, a sanitiser station, screened till point and staff can only take card payments.

To celebrate the re-opening, there are lots of special offers which will change week-by-week. To start there are ex-display silver plate cutlery cabinets with up to 75% from £199. Six and eight-person box sets at half-price, also some of the Monsoon range at 50% off. There is also a silverware clearance zone – three price ranges of £10, £20 and £30 – anything from napkin rings to candelabras and dishes and trays, all silver plated.

Simon Price, CEO of Arthur Price said: “I am quite emotional about the shop re-opening. Taking the dust sheets off the displays and cleaning everything with the team was both enjoyable and therapeutic. As a family business, Arthur Price has been part of my life since I can remember and simply turning the lights on in the shop was a great feeling.

“Bev, the factory shop manager has been great, making sure we are ready to safely welcome customers both old and new. We opened last week, a soft re-launch, to make sure everything that was needed was in place so we could all be safe, and sales exceeded my expectations.

“It will be interesting to see what happens with the shop. Our website has seen sales increase by 138% since this time last year. Throughout these terrible times, I think people have been enjoying mealtimes together and even as the lockdown measures ease, there will be more home entertaining in our social bubbles. Based upon the factory shop sales last week, without announcing we were open, I am encouraged.

“Finally, I put a call out to everyone, where you can please shop locally, shop independent. We are seeing many local independent businesses coming out of hibernation, now is the time to support them. Also, we have seen some amazing local, independent shops who have served people during lockdown. Now is not the time to leave them.”

Arthur Price invites customers to browse in the shop or they can call or email their orders. There is lots of free parking immediately outside and all purchases can be placed straight into people’s cars.

The Arthur Price Factory Shop has offers of up to 70% off all cutlery and silverware and has a wide selection of other branded gifts for sale.

Cutlery Firm Sees Changes In Life During Lockdown Through Its Sales

After the first closure in its 118-year history, cutlery firm Arthur Price is reporting a change in the products it is currently selling, illustrating how life has changed during lockdown. The shops and factories of this family-owned business remain closed, but its website is seeing an increase in demand. Demand not just for everyday cutlery due to more people spending time at home, but increased sales in its high-ticket, silver service pieces and more traditional patterns as many people replicate going out to the pub or a restaurant around their kitchen or dinner table.

 

Simon Price, CEO said: “At the end of March, I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what the future held for the company. We had a many online orders so with lots of planning, and a very small team of five people we were able to recently start fulfilling sales will adhering to strict safety working rules. It is lots of small steps as we adapt to this new norm, but demand is steadily rising, and you can see how life has changed over the last three months just by looking at our cutlery sales.”

 

Simon continued: “With fewer people commuting, home-schooling and many furloughed, people and families are obviously together more at normal mealtimes. Takeaway are sales rocketing, Zoom parties and quizzes the new entertainment, and movie nights replacing a trip to the pub or a restaurant. And with so many anniversaries, birthdays and weddings being missed, people are certainly being creative and finding ways to make their ‘Big Night In’ feel as special as possible. We’ve seen demand for all products higher than we expected, interestingly on our prestigious high-ticket silver-plate cutlery sets, as people aim to recreate that ‘going out’ experience in their own home.

 

“I’m so grateful that there is still demand for our products and I’d love to hang out the bunting, welcome everyone to our shops with a glass of something but alas it isn’t to be at the moment. As we are all missing going out to pubs and restaurants, we have created a ‘Stay At Home Sale’ – 35% off everything and free UK mainland delivery with no minimum order, until the end of May.”

The business temporarily closed for the first time in its 118-year history back in March. Started in Birmingham in October 1902 it has survived two world wars, the Great Depression and Spanish Flu but, as a non-essential business, CEO Simon Price, the fourth generation of the Price family at the helm, closed the door on 23rd March. Simon together with his son James are working in their Lichfield warehouse packing boxes and dispatching orders supported by three others, compared to a team of normally over 100.

 

James Price, Simon’s son and the fifth generation of the Price family to work at firm said: “Online demand is increasing and my Dad and I are working flat out to pack the orders as our shops across the UK and factories in Sheffield or Birmingham will remain closed until it is safe to open.  I spent many summer holidays working in the warehouse, learning about the business and this has helped me fulfill many more orders than we had expected. We have lots of brand-new stock across all ranges, but it is interesting how different product patterns are coming to the fore, many of which are enjoying a renaissance.

“For the remainder of May we are going for it with a huge promotion – 35% off is a big saving especially on our silver canteens, but the offer is across every single item and there is no silly nonsense of minimum orders or charging for delivery.  It’s a simple, transparent offer but only available until the end of May.”

 

Order direct from www.arthurprice.com no minimum order and delivery is free.

35% Off May Sale – Only Around Until 31 May

Our Lichfield Factory Shop maybe closed but we are still able to send you our wonderful cutlery and gifts online and until the end of May we have an amazing special sale.  35% off, yes 35% off…all products, all brand-new from the factory warehouse, free delivery and no minimum order.  It’s as simple as that.  Just remember to use the special code STAYATHOMEMAY on our website www.arthurprice.com

Shhhh…we have a secret

Can you keep a secret? We have a loyalty scheme for our special Factory Shop customers and every so often we have a Secret Sale with some Fab-u-lous (darling) offers. There’s a special sale starting Saturday 7th until Saturday 28th September but don’t worry there is a way not to miss out.  Pop into the shop or call 01543 267324, sign up to the club, and see what amazing items you can get for some amazing prices.

 

 

Lichfield Mercury Competition Winners Collect Prizes

Two winners of the Lichfield Mercury Cutlery Competition visited the Factory Shop and met CEO Simon Price to collect their prizes.

Christine Brothoston and Sarah Ayto both won a 46 piece Ritz pattern set worth £650.  They were given a brief history of the company, shown various famous patterns and their stories including the cutlery found on the Titanic.  They also chatted with Simon about how cutlery is made.

Sarah sent Simon an email to say thanks…

Dear Simon

It was lovely meeting you and your staff last Tuesday. I was made to feel very special and it was interesting to learn about the history of Arthur Price. My cutlery set is beautiful and is a joy to use. At long last I have not only a matching set but one that I am proud to put on the table too.

Thanks again, Sarah Ayto

Support For National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas is magnificent.  If you haven’t been please, please visit.  Solemn yet joyous, emotional yet inspiring it is a world-class memorial to our brave soldiers and civilians over the years.  Arthur Price is delighted to announce that we are supplying the Arboretum’s restaurant with new cutlery and, in recognition of the NMA’s charity status, we have  been able to significantly gift many pieces from our cutlery range.

Mark Ellis, NMA Commercial Director said: “We have a policy of using local suppliers where at all possible, so we are delighted to be working with them and our thanks goes to James and the Arthur Price team for supporting us in this way.”

James Price, Sales Director said “As a company close to the Arboretum we are proud to be working with such a wonderful charity and we look forward to a successful partnership”.

Pictured is James Price and Arboretum Head of Commercial, Mark Ellis in The NMA’s restaurant.

Free Christmas Event In Aid Of We Love Lichfield

How To Create The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table. Free Christmas Event Created By Lichfield Businesses

Together with other local businesses, we are holding a unique free Christmas themed event.  ‘How To Create The Perfect Christmas Table’ on Wednesday 28th November is an evening of tips, advice and demonstrations by local firms to help make your festive season that extra bit special plus there will be a raffle to raise money for We Love Lichfield.

 

The inaugural event last year saw hundreds pick up festive ideas and advice.  This year there will be even more stalls plus carol singing from The Garrick Community Choir and Morning Chorus.

 

There will be gin and cheese tasting, artisan bakers, cake decorators, table decorators and planners, a florist demonstrating festive arrangements and wreaths, homemade jams and chutneys.   Local companies including Ivisons Florist, Hunnypot Cottage and local celebrity private chef, Simon Smith will be there.  Simon will create Christmas lunch in 20 minutes during two cookery demonstrations.  Simon and James Price of Arthur Price will be laying tables fit for that perfect Christmas dinner table with their cutlery.

 

Simon Price said: “Last year’s event was amazing, 2018 and will be even better.  Why? Because of the amazing local business and community spirit in the area.  We are all coming together with our independent businesses to showcase our skills and products at a special time of year and also raising money for a great local cause.”

 

Entrance is free and there will be live music, carols & Christmas songs. Also free wine and mince pies.  The location is Arthur Price, Britannia Way, Lichfield WS14 9UY starting at 6:30 until 9pm.  Free parking.

 

Also on the night there will be a raffle with the chance to win a beautiful Christmas hamper worth over £500 in aid of ‘We Love Lichfield’.

 

For more information about the event call 01543 267324

 

 

Bring us your silver stars! Simon Price and Charles Hanson team up to put Lichfield’s silver heritage on the map for charity

Sensational silver and two well-known faces are joining forces in Lichfield to help charity – and they want you to help them make memories with your silver treasures.

 

Simon Price, CEO of the city’s Arthur Price cutlery and silverware company, and Charles Hanson, of Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers, a familiar face on TV shows like Bargain Hunt, have teamed up to shine the spotlight on their love of all things silver.

 

On October 15, from noon-4pm, ‘Living a Lichfield Legacy – A Day of Discovery’ will be held at the Arthur Price Factory Shop, Britannia Way, Lichfield to enable people to celebrate and learn more about the city’s silver heritage.

The event, exploring 200 years of silver history, will be completely free but donations will be invited for charity We Love Lichfield which supports community projects.

 

Charles Hanson said: “I’m delighted to be coming to Lichfield to help this good cause and tell people about my passion for silver through the centuries and quality tableware.

 

“Lichfield has a sparkling silver history thanks to Arthur Price, a firm full of provenance and pedigree which has been manufacturing silver and plated goods for more than 100 years.

 

“What dusty old objects or nostalgic antiques have you got with a pedigree or story to tell which Simon and I can learn about?

 

“Dust down your dining table, look through your drawers, dig out your unused silver cutlery and bring it along. Let’s make this a day to celebrate Lichfield and Staffordshire’s heritage.”

As well as meeting Simon and Charles, free silver valuations will be available with Hansons’ silver expert Victoria Sheppard, formerly of Christie’s, on hand to advise. Visitors can also browse the wares in the Arthur Price Factory Shop.

 

Charles said: “Both Simon and I feel passionately about bringing silver back into the limelight. There is nothing more splendid than a table elegantly laid with silver cutlery. We see canteens of cutlery come to us at Hansons that have been given as wedding presents and never used because they were saved for best.

 

“Let’s get silver back at the heart of our dining experiences and make eating in style a key trend in time for Christmas 2018.”

 

Simon Price, whose great-grandfather Arthur Price established the family business in 1902 and Patron of We Love Lichfield said: ”It’s great that two businesses are working together to help the local community.  I’m really looking forward to hearing people’s stories and celebrating this wonderful place that we live.  And raising money for We Love Lichfield that helps local voluntary groups.”

 

People are welcome to drop into the October 15 event at the Arthur Price Factory Shop, Britannia Way, Lichfield WS14 9UY, anytime between noon-4pm. To find out more, email factory.shop@arthurprice.com