Denby Holdings Limited, the parent company of Denby Pottery, the well known UK ceramics and consumer goods manufacturer, today confirmed its rescue of Burgess, Dorling and Leigh Limited, the manufacturer of Burleigh pottery.
Established in 1851, Burleigh has been creating unique handcraft products for nearly 160 years. Every piece of Burleigh is still made in the authentic Victorian pottery, at Middleport in Stoke on Trent, using the original machinery and processes. Burleigh is one of the last potteries in the world to use the traditional and timeless skills of underglaze tissue printing which is a 200 year old English process. Their products are famous around the world for the signature blue and white floral designs strongly influenced by nature. Burleigh offers a wide collection of patterns and shades perfect to mix and match to create the signature Burleigh look and takes it far beyond a traditional tableware offering.
Burleigh’s Victorian model Pottery and Factory Shop is located in an attractive setting next to the Trent & Mersey canal in Stoke-on-Trent. The factory retains much of its original Victorian character, manufacturing methods and traditions, having converted from running on steam power just three years ago, and operates a popular Visitors Centre. Burleigh product is found in exclusive retailers such as Liberty, Fortnum and Mason and Harrods and its unique attributes have broad appeal. Historically the business has also manufactured product for premium American brands such as Ralph Lauren and Williams Sonoma.
The team at Denby are aiming to build on Burleigh’s unique brand proposition to bring this product to a wider audience and develop Burleigh as a niche British heritage brand alongside Denby, which celebrated its 200th anniversary last year following its own restructuring and refinancing by Valco Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Hilco UK.
Garry Biggs, Managing Director of Denby, commented “This is a good day for the British ceramics industry, which assures the long term future of a unique British pottery brand. We look forward to working together with the team at Burleigh, to build on Burleigh’s unique heritage and expanding its export business”.
Garry Biggs further commented that “all Burleigh products will continue to be manufactured at the Company’s 120 year old factory in Stoke, and we are actively recruiting to grow the business”.
Denby Holdings Ltd, Denby, Derbyshire DE5 8NX, England