Royal warrant for Smedley’s

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A famous Dales knitwear manufacturer has been given the royal seal of approval by Her Majesty the Queen.

John Smedley Ltd at Lea Mills has been awarded its first Royal Warrant in its 229 history.

The company is renowned for the quality of its products, with famous faces such as Michelle Obama seen wearing its garments.

Managing director Ian Maclean said: “Her Majesty the Queen, through her household, has been purchasing fine knitwear directly from us for several years.

“The Royal Warrant of Appointment is granted by Her Majesty and as such is acknowledgement of the excellence of our garments.”

John Smedley founded the mill at Lea Bridge in 1784, being the fourth mill to be built in the Derwent Valley.

It is now the oldest servicing factory in the world and is still going strong with 390 employees.

Merino wool and Sea Island cotton are used to make the high quality clothing which has kept the company’s popularity going throughout the world.

Ian continued: “Many of my colleagues have contributed to the application for the Royal Warrant and I must thank them all.

“At the same time we recognise that a condition of the application is the need for our company to address the many and complex issues of sustainability – not just the sustainability of the resources we use in production, but the sustainability of our very organisation.

“We will address these issues as we go forward.”

Further information on John Smedley Ltd is available by visiting the company’s website or calling it on 01629 534571.