Worcestershire Medal Services awarded £7 million contract.
Worcestershire Medal Services (WMS), a company based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, has won a contract to produce thousands of commemorative medals for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as reported in the Birmingham Post.
About 450,000 of the medals will be made at the factory’s Jewellery Quarter premises, after WMS beat of competition from a number of international medal making companies.
WMS’ managing director Phil McDermott said the contract has been “a terrific amount of work”, with staff working extra long shifts and at the weekends to fulfil the order.
He added that the ‘Made in Britain’ tag is a “fabulous story”, noting the number of clients who want to return to having items made on home turf.
The medals will be worn by members of the armed forces, emergency service and prison staff who have worked for five years or more. They are engraved with a Latin phrase which translates as ‘Elizabeth the Second, by Grace of God, Defender of the Faith’.
The company won the contract ahead of the Royal Mint, which has the exclusive contract to supply all British coinage.
A miniature versions of the medal is being sold through the WMS site for £4.95.