Manufacturer teams with BAO for fully staffed independent office.
Hockley Mint has announced plans to open an in-house hallmarking sub-office, in partnership with the Birmingham Assay Office (BAO).
The wedding ring and fine jewellery manufacturer has been granted permission to host the office within its facilities in the Jewellery Quarter.
The BAO will provide staff for the sub-office which will offer an independent assaying and hallmarking service to Hockley Mint, opening in June.
Gary Wroe, managing director ofHockley Mint, said: “We will be able to offer an improved service to our customers by decreasing the movement of metal, and making a significant time and quality improvement to our processes."
The addition of the sub-office is part of Hockley Mint’s continued redevelopment of its building. The sub-office is set to make the company’s working processes much more efficient, with the potential of one-day turnaround for orders.
Michael Allchin, chief executive of The Birmingham Assay Office, said: “We are pleased to be able to respond positively to Hockley Mint’s request for a sub-office. The Birmingham Assay Office is keen to support UK jewellery manufacturers and enable them to give their customers the fast, high quality service they require.
"The new facility will be commissioned as soon as possible and we know that Hockley Mint will find it very beneficial to their business."