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COMPANY CELEBRATES ROYAL START TO GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR
A Cheltenham-based fire and security company is celebrating an exceptional start to its 50th anniversary year, after being granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales.
Edward Stallard, Operations Director of A & E Fire Equipment Ltd said he was ‘absolutely delighted and extremely proud’ when he found out that he had been granted the Warrant in recognition of his company’s long-standing provision of fire-fighting equipment and fire detection services to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.
Granted specifically to named individuals within a business, Royal Warrants of Appointment are a mark of recognition to people or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to HM the Queen, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales.
A practice that dates back centuries, the granting of a Royal Warrant is widely acknowledged as a mark of a company’s commitment to the highest standards of quality and service.
A & E Fire Equipment now joins around 800 Royal Warrant holders, representing a wide cross section of trade and industry, from individual craftsmen practicing traditional methods to large organisations at the cutting edge of technology.
Founded by Mr Stallard’s grandfather Graham Stallard back in 1965, A & E Fire Equipment has grown to become one of the largest independent fire and security protection companies in the country, whose head office and training centre is based at Gloucestershire Airport.
Mr Stallard said that being granted the Royal Warrant was a huge boost for the firm and was testament to the skill and dedication of its 50-strong workforce of trained fire safety and security specialists.
He added that it is a really positive boost for a dynamic Gloucestershire business which should also increase employment opportunities for both apprentices and fully-qualified engineers.
“To say that I was over the moon when I found out we had been granted the Royal Warrant would be an understatement,” he explained.
“It has always been an honour to provide our services to HRH The Prince of Wales, and now for our services to be recognised in this rare and extremely special way is a tremendous accolade for A & E and all of the team.”
He added: “This year being our 50th anniversary, it is always an apt opportunity to reflect on how far the business has come and what we have achieved, so this really has put the icing on top of our birthday cake!”
The practice of Royal approval dates back centuries, when competition for Royal favour was intense and the Monarch had the pick of the country’s most proficient tradespeople – earliest surviving records date back to 1155, when Henry II granted the Weaver’s Company a Royal Charter.
By the 15th Century the Lord Chamberlain formally appointed Royal tradesmen with a Royal Warrant of Approval – a practice that continues today. During Queen Victoria’s 64-year reign, more than 1,000 Warrants were granted. They included companies such as Fortnum & Mason, Schweppes and Twinings, who still hold Warrants today.
Former Royal tradesmen included a mole taker, pin maker and modeller of wax flowers.
A & E Fire Equipment provides a range of fire safety and security services, including equipment sales and hire, servicing, training, planning and consultation.