The fundamental role of the Industry Committee is to engage with needle manufacturing companies and related industries in the U.K. to try and enhance training, education and skills relevant to needle making and associated processes.
It is important that the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers is relevant to Industry along with its charitable objectives by providing financial and other support and recognition to individuals and organisations.
Contact has been made with several needlemaking companies and a productive relationship has been established with William Smith and Son based in Redditch, specialist manufacturers of high quality sailmakers needles. An interesting contact has been made recently with a company that manufactures glass needles.
We continue to develop our relationship with the Needle Museum and our DVD on the history of needlemaking was well received along with two new tablets purchased by the Company for the Museum. We were delighted to welcome Jo-Ann , Curator of the Museum at the April 2018 Court Dinner as our Guest Speaker.
In order to promote education and in particular manufacturing and engineering to young people, we have established the Needlemakers Company Arkwright Engineering Scholarship for 15/16 year old technology students to study engineering. The first scholarship was awarded to a student at Aston University Engineering Academy. This has been very positive and it is hoped to build on this with further scholarship awards.
The Chief Executive, Dr Kevin P Stenson , Smallpeice Trust, Arkwright Engineering Scholarships will speak at the July 2018 Dinner.
Staying with education, we continue with our close relationship with the City and Guilds with the Needlemakers Annual Prize and the Company has joined the Livery Companies Skills Council.