Airport-based service celebrates fifth anniversary & key milestone.
The Goldsmiths’ Company’s Assay Office at Heathrow has marked nearly five million articles since its opening, a milestone reached as the sub-office celebrates its fifth anniversary.
Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, headed down to Heathrow to join the assay office’s operational staff and senior managers from Brink’s Global Services for a glass of champagne and some celebratory cake.
The Assay Office Heathrow sub-office remains the only off-site airport-based assay office in the United Kingdom. The facility is part of Brink’s Global Services at Heathrow Airport, offering customers importing items from overseas a convenient through-packet hallmarking service from plane to distribution with greater efficiency and lower security risks.
Kevin Bowles, manager of the Heathrow Sub-office, said: “The industry we work in has changed dramatically since I joined the assay office 35 years ago. We have had to adapt to those changes in order to survive, one of the biggest being an increase in the amount of imported goods.
"Opening an office at Heathrow alongside Brink’s has allowed us to stay ahead of the game and provide our customers, old and new, with an unparalleled through service for their imported goods – whilst still applying the famous leopards head mark of London”.
Since opening in 2008 the Heathrow sub-office has hallmarked almost five million articles. The Assay Office is based at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London. It also operates a smaller office in Hatton Garden which celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2011.