During last week’s budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the ceramics industry will be exempt from a controversial energy tax.
Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, has been the driving force behind this exemption. The ruling means that pottery firms, including the companies that produce SCP’s Josiah lights, Sprig collection and Forest-Path bowl, will be exempt from the Climate Change Levy on energy costs.
Stoke-on-Trent, affectionately known as The Potteries, has been the centre of British ceramic production since the 17th century. Many famous brands including, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Spode and Portmeirion are based there. Following a decline in ceramic manufacturing during the late 1980s and 1990s, chiefly due to cheap imports, things have been picking up since the early 2000s. Tristram Hunt, said this exemption was “another step on the path to a Potteries’ revival”.
We are very proud to be a British manufacturer and take real pleasure working with wonderfully talented craftsman and woman in Stoke-On-Trent. This ruling will help to ensure that the industry will continue to thrive. We are currently working on some exciting ceramics projects with Brooklyn based artists, Mark McGinnis and Stoke-on-Trent based designer Reiko Kaneko due to launch in London Design Festival this September.