William Asprey champions British manufacture

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William & Son founder pooh-poohs critics of UK craftsmanship.

William Asprey has championed British jewellery manufacture in a recent interview with business newspaper City AM.

The businessman who founded William & Son, a high-end retailer that specialises in the sale of jewellery, as well as gifts, guns and rifles said that British manufacturing has huge commercial value in overseas markets.

He told the paper: “Lots of people in England rather pooh-pooh British craftsmanship. They fail to realise that it is actually very highly regarded internationally.”

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Asprey, who hails from the clan that founded famous Bond Street jewellers Asprey, added that a high proportion of William & Son’s business, which had a turnover of £31.85m to March 2010, is generated by international sales.

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