Domino operations director to drive UK manufacture

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Mark Thomas joins from ceramics firm, introducing new techniques.

WB The Creative Jewellery Group’s bridal business Domino has appointed a new operations director Mark Thomas, from leading British ceramics company Emma Bridgewater.

Thomas has joins the business as it places greater emphasis on British manufacturing, and plans to introduce new production methods to Domino to help streamline its processes.

Prior to joining Domino, Thomas worked at Stoke-on-Trent ceramic company Emma Bridgewater, where he was head of manufacturing. He has 28 years experience in and around the potteries and has held a number of production roles in well-known ceramic firms.

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He said of his appointment: “Discovering the ins and outs of jewellery production is going to be a massive learning curve but after just a couple of weeks in the job I can already see very many similarities with ceramics in terms of the processes used, the dexterity of the craftspeople and the mixture of cutting edge and traditional skills."

Emma Bridgewater is known for bringing manufacturing jobs back to the potteries from overseas, with Thomas an advocate of the British-Made movement of which WB Group strives to support.

Thomas added: "I am hugely excited to be involved in business that is investing heavily in the production of jewellery in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter which has such a rich heritage. I also much respect the ethos of the company and its commitment to training and developing its workforce."

One of Thomas’ first tasks at Domino will be to introduce Cellular Manufacturing into its production processes. This is a method of working which will create stand-alone units on the production floor, which will make certain products rather than operating what he describes as a ‘more scattergun approach’.

He believes that coming from outside of the industry will be a great bonus, as it will allow him to show the team fresh working methods, especially where traditional methods are not the most efficient.

Andrew Morton, managing director of WB The Creative Jewellery Group, said he was delighted to have Thomas join the business: "I have no doubt that Mark’s wide expertise in manufacturing optimisation, strategic planning and operational turnaround will further enhance Domino’s performance bringing us to the next level in terms of in-house manufacturing particularly in our wedding ring and bridal collections,” he said. 

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