Toye’s strengthens position in Masonic market with new acquisition
Tuesday 18 December 2012
An example of the products made by Light & Boston - the new acquisition by Toye Kenning & Spencer
BIRMINGHAM-based civil and military regalia manufacturer Toye Kenning & Spencer has strengthened its position in the Masonic niche market with the acquisition of another city-based company.
Toye’s, Birmingham’s oldest manufacturer, has purchased dies, tools and patterns from Light & Boston, which recently went into liquidation. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.
Light & Boston, based in New John Street, in the city’s Jewellery Quarter, has been producing regalia and insignia since 1989.
It also manufactures Past Master Jewels for Masonic Lodges around the UK and the acquisition will strengthen Toye’s position in the specialised market.
Nick Ellwood, sales director at Toye Kenning & Spencer, said: “We’re proud to serve Masons and are pleased to have been able to secure the continued production of these jewels.
“Our craftsmen in our Birmingham factory produce the jewels themselves while those at our Bedworth factory, including our master weaver, produce our high quality ribbon and other textiles. We welcome visitors to both factories and are always delighted to host Masons on a tour and show British craftsmanship at its best.”
The purchase of the die, tools and patterns from Light & Boston follows the recent opening of The Clubroom at Toye, at 19-21 Great Queen Street in London. The facility serves as a showroom for Toye’s products but it is also aimed at Masons who want to meet with their Brother Masons